2013 – Bank Australia-VCOSS Finance Network events


Developing a Social Enterprise
3 December 2013

This event looked at the development of social enterprises as a strategy for financial sustainability for the community sector.

Our first presenter was Social Traders. Social Traders works with organisations to plan, develop and grow social enterprises. The Crunch – a highly successful program for early stage social enterprises aiming to receive investment and start trading – is a Social Traders initiative.

Access the presentation from Social Traders here: Social Traders presentation slides.

We then heard from St Luke’s about the development of their  Innovative Resources social enterprise. Innovative Resources is the very successful publishing and bookselling arm of St Luke’s Anglicare – an organisation that has been providing a wide range of community services in Victoria and New South Wales for more than 25 years.

Models and approaches for organisational sustainability: Snapshots from the community sector
31 October 2013

From the feedback we received after our August Finance Network event it was clear that there was real interest in learning more about the different and innovative paths community sector organisations have taken to sustain their organisation and strengthen their financial base.

For this event we were able to bring together four great speakers to share their very different approaches to seeking financial sustainability for community organisations. To access each presentation, click on the links below.

  • shared servicesPere Ruka, ICT Manager, MacKillop Family Services
  • social enterpriseJeanette Large, Chief Executive Officer, Women’s Property Initiatives
  • mergersWendy Austin, Manager Quality and Business Development, Safe Futures Foundation
  • strategic planningDavid Osborn, Pelorus Solutions Pty. Ltd.

Pathways to Resilience (Community Asset Building)
28 August 2013

Our August event was an exclusive morning workshop event presented by Foresters Community Finance on Community Asset Building.

Service Sector Reform
19 March 2013

As part of consultation for the Victorian Government’s Service Sector Reform Project, the March Finance Network meeting invited members to discuss the key finance issues for improving how government and the community services sector work together to improve the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged Victorians.

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