Leadership Illawarra Program Opportunity for Community Leaders

The Opportunity

RDA Illawarra (RDAI) invites applications from the community sector for an emerging leader to participate in the Leadership Illawarra Program. RDAI will sponsor the candidate (value $8,000) for the two year program commencing October 2014. We are particularly looking for a suitable applicant from the community, not-for-profit, NGO or social enterprise sectors.

What is the Leadership Illawarra Program?

The Leadership Illawarra Program is a two-year experiential learning program for the region’s emerging leaders; an investment in our human capital. Developed for RDAI in conjunction with Sydney Business School (University of Wollongong Faculty of Business) and The Illawarra Connection, the program aims to produce inspired and well-connected visionaries to lead our region into the future.

The program demonstrates the critical role of leadership for regional advancement, driving growth, employment and community wellbeing. Participants develop a sharper awareness of key issues, opportunities and challenges impacting our region and help build trust between regional stakeholders and governments.

Features of the Leadership Illawarra Program

  • Network with business and community leaders, academic and industry experts and peers.
  • Public and private sector participants in cohort.
  • Creation of a cross-sector network with a common set of regional values.
  • Practical leadership through collaborative team projects.
  • Themes include challenges for the Illawarra, governance and ethics, leadership and community engagement / social responsibility.
  • Residential master classes and industry visits.
  • Engagement with a personal mentor.
  • Opportunity to articulate into the Sydney Business School graduate program for a Graduate Certificate or Masters program with advanced standing in two subjects.

Criteria for Selection

  • Currently employed in a management or coordination capacity within the community services sector (including not-for-profit and non-government organisations or social enterprises).
  • Demonstrated commitment to the Illawarra region and improvement of its human services capability.
  • Commitment to development of your own capacity for leadership.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team.

How do I apply?

Discuss the opportunity with your organization, complete the confidential application form and e mail by Friday 15 August 5pm to david@rdaillawarra.com.au.

For more information please contact David Muscio on 02 4227 4500.

Tender Funerals | Crowd Funding

Tender funerals is a social enterprise which will provide affordable funeral services for the community.

We will empower people to make choices which are aligned with their values and their budgets. When someone dies there are many ways to express love and celebrate memory that have  nothing to do with the cost of a coffin or an expensive funeral.

A documentary has been made about what we are trying to create at Port and the reasons its so important.

The film is called Tender and was screened on the ABC last week but is still available on Iview if you missed it http://iview.abc.net.au/programs/tender/DO1126H001S00 .

It is a beautiful film which was given a standing ovation at a recent screening at the Sydney Film Festival. Link to the trailer http://www.tenderdocumentary.com.au/#trailer

This is a project that has the capacity to create community at a time when a lot of people feel alone. We are using a crowd funding platform to raise the $200,000 we need to setup a facility, buy a van and employ a like minded funeral director. We have a  business model which if we achieve our crowd funding target is completely viable. This is a project which we believe has the potential to impact the way we as a community think about death and dying and we are passionate about facilitating a process which not only helps but is healing.

To date we have raised nearly $28,000 In order to help us  meet our target, which we have 20 days to meet we are asking people to make a pledge right now!All donations are tax deductible. Crowd funding is a very transparent method of fundraising because if we don’t reach our min target there is no transaction.

Please visit startsomegood.com/tenderfunerals to see the campaign and make your pledge.

Show Me the Money | Income generating strategies for enterprising not-for-profits

As government budgets contract, the competition for what’s left in the pot heats up.

Donors start complaining about donor fatigue, you try to cut corners where you can, but still you never seem to have enough.

In such a climate, it’s a bit cheeky for us to ask you to part with some of your precious cash to attend training, but we’re doing so here because we truly believe this will be a wise investment.

Show Me the Money: Income generating strategies for enterprising not-for-profits will be held in Melbourne on Sunday, May 25 – the curtain-raiser to our Communities in Control Conference on May 26 and 27.

This highly practical skills day will be hosted by Our Community in conjunction with social enterprise specialists Social Traders and Australia’s leading crowdfunding platform Pozible.

This unique event is focused around providing new income streams for your organisation by:

  1. Setting up a social enterprise and/or
  2. Setting up a crowdfunding campaign.

It’s no magic bullet, mind you – we’ll give you the knowledge you need to get started but after that you’re going to have to roll up your sleeves and do some work.

Key sessions of the skills day include:

  1. Get in the Driver’s Seat: The ‘what’ and ‘why’ of social enterprise
  2. Profit for Purpose: Hear from three community organisations that have successfully started social enterprises to generate trading revenue to support their social mission
  3. Generating Ideas: For those looking for a social enterprise idea
  4. Starting a Social Enterprise: for those who want to move their social enterprise idea into the next phase
  5. Supporting Social Enterprise in Your Community: For local governments and philanthropic organisations
  6. Financing and Legal Structures: What and when is appropriateAnything is Pozible! Crowd-sourcing funds for your not-for-profit venture

The cost of attending this event is $260 per person. If you have the will and the energy to put into practice even some of the ideas you take away, you’ll recoup that and much, much more.

Book your spot at the Not-for-Profit Skills Day: www.ourcommunity.com.au/cic2014

S&K Interagency Alert – 26 April 2013

Surf Camp for Indigenous Kids

Last week, Seven Mile Beach played host to a complimentary surf camp providing indigenous youths with a learn to surf experience. Coordinated by Surf Camp Australia and Surfing NSW, the camp was led by two accomplished surfing instructors, Sam and Mitch Douglass who grew up in Currarong, NSW and are both of Aboriginal descent.

Talking Realities Class of 2013-2014 Recruiting Now!

0912 Centrelink referral brochure TR – enrolling now

Social Enterprise Loans

Social enterprises are businesses that are set up to make money, both in not for profit and for profit structures, but not relying on grants and donations and have a strong social objective as their reason for operating.

DEEWR,  through the Social  Enterprise Development and Investment Fund, partnered with banks, philanthopic organisations and not for profits and selected  three fund managers. The aim is to improve access to finance and support for social enterprises to help them grow their business and increase the impact of their work in their communities. These are loans not grants, the fund managers also link into support through the partner organisations such as mentoring and capacity building in the enterprise.

The three fund managers set up in this framework are

  • Foresters Community Finance Funds
  • Social Enterprise Finance Australia (SEFA) •Social Ventures Australia – Social Impact Fund

They are worth a look, or at least to know that they are there.

Attached is a PDF flyer from SEFA