Resource Category:

Partnerships and Collaboration

Draw ‘How to make toast’: An Introduction to Systems Thinking and Wicked Problem Solving

DrawToast workshops, created by recognized global thought-leader, Tom Wujec, are a great way to get groups to think freshly about mental models. Tom studies collaborative creativity, wicked problem-solving and the impact of emerging technologies on how we design and make things. During a DrawToast workshop, each person has 3 minutes to sketch a diagram of how to make toast. When comparing diagrams, people are shocked at how diverse the diagrams are, revealing a wide range of models of what's important in making toast. It's a great launch pad for drawing out what's really important to the group which can result in combating those tricky problems with collaborative strategy. See a brief outline of DrawToast workshops here. Download the DrawToast Systems Thinking Guide here.  

Memorandum of Understanding templates

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) highlights the objectives and management arrangements of a partnership. It may also detail communication, information sharing and consultation processes.    

Church Resources – procurement of services for not-for-profits

Church Resources offers the following benefits to Members:
  • Significant price discounts
  • Supplier choice - as an outsourced procurement expert Church resources give you access to a wide range of supply categories that we make available to all not-for-profit organisations. Our categories include telecommunications, office supplies, energy, travel, IT hardware and foodservice.
  • Time savings
  • Tailored quality solutions
  • Free consultative cost analysis - Church Resources review your actual costs and spending data to allow us to tailor a service that is right for your specific needs and circumstances.

Community Business Partnerships – Maroondah City Council

These resources were created to show the mutual benefits a community business partnership can bring and to establish a clear pathway for local partnerships to commence. Community Business Partnerships - Maroondah City Council Included is a listing of local community organisations who are seeking a partnership. Each organisation has undertaken training on community business partnerships to have a greater understanding of the mutual benefits a partnership can offer and how to start and maintain a partnership. We have also provided case studies of other local community business partnerships. As further partnerships form we will increase the list of case studies to provide further examples for you to explore.

Community Sector and Business Partnerships Toolkit

This free tool kit has been produced by the Office for the Community Sector to provide a logical step-by-step process for building and maintaining relationships between business and NFP organisations. It provides practical tools, templates - including a template for MOUs - and links to other useful resources. Community organisations mat not find it necessary to do all the activities in this tool kit- just select those activities you find helpful. Community Sector and Business Partnerships Tool Kit

Community Sector and Business Partnerships Guide and Toolkit

This free guide from the Office for the Community Sector provides the tools for NFP organisations to evaluate their back of house business functions and test the feasibility of shared service models. Shared services involves two or more organisations working together to manage or deliver non-client or back of house services ie. human resources, payroll, ICT, marketing, procurement and legal advice. The tool kit has been produced to provide a logical step-by-step process for building and maintaining relationships between business and NFP organisations. It provides practical tools, templates and links to other useful resources available on the internet. This publication can also be downloaded here: Community Sector and Business Partnerships Guide and Tool Kit

Guiding Principles for Collaboration Between Government and Philanthropic Organisations (2012)

Launched in July 2012, the Guiding Principles for Collaboration Between Government and Philanthropic Organisations is a new resource for those practicing, or interested in, cross-sectoral collaborations. Developed by the Office for the Community Sector, Department of Planning and Community Development in Victoria and Philanthropy Australia, the Guiding Principles offer a set of pointers to facilitate successful partnerships. There are 15 key Principles, structured under four headings:
  1. Creating the Environment
  2. Shaping Partnerships and Building Relationships
  3. Decision Making and Management Practices, and
  4. Evaluation and Sustainability
The Guiding Principles together form a framework for approaching new, and strengthening existing, collaborations between philanthropic and government co-funders of the not-for-profit sector. FREE DOWNLOAD: Download the Foundation Project Summary Report (PDF)

Funded Agency Channel (DHS, DEECD)

Funded Agency Channel (FAC) is a website that supports the partnership relationship between the Department of Human Services, Department of Health, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and the organisations they fund. The FAC website is home to a range of resources to support partnerships between government and the community sector/NFPs.