About CSI

Our role

We believe everyone has a role to play in creating social change.

Our purpose is to catalyse positive social change, to help enable others to achieve social impact.

We do this through transformational research and education that is rigorous and purpose-driven. By working with people, communities and organisations to grow their capabilities through research, education, and leadership development.

We create tools, solutions, and leaders that enable change.

Download CSI's Strategic Vision here.

Who we are

The Centre for Social Impact is a collaboration of three universities: UNSW Australia, Swinburne University of Technology, The University of Western Australia.

CSI was established through the generosity of the Australian government, four founding corporate supporters and four philanthropic contributions.

Download the Centre for Social Impact Annual Reports here.

Our History

The Centre for Social Impact was established in 2008 under the leadership of our founding Chief Executive Officer, Peter Shergold.

The generous Commonwealth Government endowment of $12.5m was matched by our founding investors: the Macquarie Group Foundation, AMP, National Australia Bank and PwC. We have also been supported by individual donors: Robin Crawford, David Gonski, Warwick Negus and Daniel Petre.

The Centre for Social Impact has undertaken more than 30 research projects with government, business and not-for-profit partners and provides the nation’s most comprehensive post-graduate program in social impact.

In 2016 the Centre for Social Impact welcomed its new Chief Executive Officer Kristy Muir and commenced a strategic review of its vision, mission and goals.

A collaboration of three university partners, the Centre for Social Impact has expanded from its central Sydney-based team to a network of teachers, researchers, communicators and administration teams located at UNSW Australia, Swinburne University of Technology and The University of Western Australia.

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