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CEO Update - March 2017

17 March 2017
Almost every day, I have conversations with people who play different and vital roles in the social purpose ecosystem, and in almost every conversation, there is a direct or indirect ...

MBAX jumps to 4th in the world in the Online MBA Rankings

8 March 2017
The Financial Times (UK) Online MBA Rankings 2017 have today recognised AGSM @ UNSW Business School’s MBAX program as the 4th best in the world, climbing four places since last ...

CSI Swinburne Partners with Vanguard Laundry Services

9 February 2017
CSI Swinburne is pleased to be partnering with Vanguard Laundry Services to undertake a unique evaluation partnership. The project will evaluate the mental health and wellbeing impacts of Vanguard, a ...

CEO Update - February 2017

9 February 2017
As I reflect on the start to the year as far as politics and policies go, I’m steadfast in my and CSI’s commitment to have a social impact. We've seen ...

CEO Update - December 2016

19 December 2016
After five years leading the Centre for Social Impact, my time here has come to an end as I pursue new horizons next year.  It’s a good month to finish ...

Latest ACNC report released today: most comprehensive record of the Australian charity sector

13 December 2016
A landmark report released today by the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) has revealed that Australians gave $11.2 billion to charity last year, nearly two and a half per ...

Scholarship applications now open: Centre for Social Impact

9 December 2016
Each year, the Centre for Social Impact (CSI) awards scholarships to students studying the Graduate Certificate in Social Impact and the AGSM MBA Social Impact at UNSW Australia. Scholarships are awarded ...

Peter Cooley top 25 social impact influencers

8 December 2016
Graduate Certificate in Social Impact alumni, Peter Cooley, has been listed in the top 25 social impact influencers in Australia by Pro Bono Australia. Peter Cooley's positive contribution to the ...

Giving Australia 2016

1 December 2016
The Giving Australia 2016 launch took place today at Parliament House in Canberra marking the release of the largest ever research effort into philanthropic behaviour to understand how, why and ...

Kildonan Gift Powers Research for Community Sector Innovation

30 November 2016
Kildonan UnitingCare celebrated 135 years of service to the community in a celebration themed `Closer, Bolder, Stronger’ on November 30 at the Melbourne Museum. As part of the celebrations, Kildonan- ...

Global Social Venture Competition

30 November 2016
Applications for the 2017 Global Social Venture Competition are now open. If you have a young startup aiming to make a difference in the world and have a current student ...

CSI advisor is appointed Commissioner (social policy)

28 November 2016
Richard Spencer has been appointed to the role of Commissioner (Social Policy) at the Productivity Commission and will oversee the Human Services review.A leader in the field of social purpose, ...

Social Enterprise Development and Investment Funds Evaluation Report launched

25 November 2016
The evaluation report of the Social Enterprise Development and Investment Funds (SEDIF) evaluation report has been published today, presenting the findings of an evaluation of the SEDIF program of the ...

Collective action on financial inclusion can generate an annual $2.9 billion in GDP

25 November 2016
Leaders from government, business, education and the community sectors have come together to announce collective action to improve financial inclusion and resilience which could contribute an estimated $2.9 billion per ...

CSI Announces Professor Kristy Muir as new Chief Executive

14 November 2016
The Centre for Social Impact (CSI) today announced that former Research Director Professor Kristy Muir will take the helm as Chief Executive Officer, starting January 3, 2017. Professor Muir replaces ...

CEO Update - November 2016

11 November 2016
As 2016 begins to wind down we look at a few highlights and some upcoming events. In research news, we’ve released the latest Bankwest Foundation Social Impact Series looking at ...

Professor Kristy Muir speaking on women and financial resilience

10 November 2016
The Centre for Social Impact's Research Director, Professor Kristy Muir, will be speaking at the Resilient Women event presented by Good Shepherd Microfinance Professor Muir will present in a line ...

Media release: Funding gap prevents community sector from demonstrating true value to WA

2 November 2016
A lack of funding to measure social impact is preventing the community sector from demonstrating the difference it makes to the lives of Western Australians according to a new report ...

Services to support the homeless need alternative funding sources

31 October 2016
A new study carried out by researchers from the Centre for Social Impact at The University of Western Australia for the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) has found ...

CEO Update - October 2016

6 October 2016
Wrong Way; Go Back Last year I wrote about the release of Treasury’s Intergenerational Report (IGR), which focused on economic productivity (income) but completely overlooked social productivity (the effectiveness of ...

Leanne Piggott to speak at the Graf Oration

11 September 2016
Associate Professor Leanne Piggott, the national education director of the Centre for Social Impact, will be speaking on the panel at UNSW's Shalom College annual Graf Oration on 26 September.The ...

CEO Update - September 2016

6 September 2016
The release of this year's NAPLAN test results has sparked a wave of articles (see examples in The Australian, The Guardian and ABC news) bemoaning the lack of improvement in ...

CSI Announces Final Round of MBA (Social Impact) and GCSI Scholarships for 2016

1 September 2016
The Centre for Social Impact is very pleased to announce the latest and final scholarship recipients for 2016. CSI awards scholarships three times throughout the year to students who are ...

Media release: Improving Digital Ability Key to Boosting Digital Inclusion

24 August 2016
Today's release of the first Australian Digital Inclusion Index shows that while digital inclusion is improving, digital ability - which includes basic online skills - is emerging as a key ...

Media release: two million Australians under severe financial stress

24 August 2016
The Centre for Social Impact (CSI) has released a report today that - in an Australian first - defines 'financial resilience' and reveals that 2 million Australians are experiencing a ...

Media release: CSI CEO chairing National 2016 Workplace Giving Awards judging panel

8 August 2016
It has been announced today that Dr Andrew Young, CEO at the Centre for Social Impact, will chair the National 2016 Workplace Giving Awards judging panel. Entries for the awards ...

CSI Research Director in TEDx line up

8 August 2016
The Centre for Social Impact's national Research Director, Professor Kristy Muir, will take to the stage and screen at TEDxUNSW on Saturday 13 August 2016. The theme for TEDxUNSW is The Human Spectrum ...

The Centre for Social Impact welcomes new national Education Director

7 August 2016
Award-winning higher education director, Associate Professor Leanne Piggott, has joined the Centre for Social Impact today as the national Education Director. Associate Professor Piggott will oversee the centre's national post-graduate ...

CEO Update - August 2016

7 August 2016
There's been a lot of attention recently given to financial modelling - an 'investment approach' - driving government funding of social services, with New Zealand leading the way. This month ...

Media release: Stable housing for homeless will save Australia millions each year

1 August 2016
A new study from the Centre for Social Impact at The University of Western Australia has found that providing stable public housing for homeless people could save the Western Australian ...

Social impact study scholarships now open

22 July 2016
Each year, the Centre for Social Impact (CSI) awards scholarships to students completing the Graduate Certificate in Social Impact. Scholarship applications for a third round in 2016 are now open. ...

Media release: report reveals outcomes measurement better than ever in WA

22 July 2016
Bankwest Foundation and the Centre for Social Impact at The University of Western Australia will publicly release the findings of its latest report in the five-year research program Supporting Development and ...

The biggest social impact festival in Australia kicks off tonight

20 July 2016
The Centre for Social Impact at The University of Western Australia will kick off the Social Impact Festival tonight at the Octagon Theatre, UWA.Featuring 30 events over seven days, the ...

CSI CEO & Research Director in Third Sector Expo line up

7 July 2016
CSI's Dr Andrew Young, CEO, and Professor Kristy Muir, Research Director, form part of an impressive line up at the Third Sector Expo in August 2016. Professor Muir will be ...

Social Impact Festival to Open in Perth

7 July 2016
The lights will centre on a stage filled with dance, movement and the celebration of Australia’s Indigenous culture. The Middar Aboriginal Dancers will create a sacred sense of place for ...

Doctors in Research at CSI

7 July 2016
Two members of the CSI UNSW research team have recently been awarded their PhD from the University of New South Wales, Australia.Research Associates Ariella Meltzer and Kerrie-Anne Ho, were awarded ...

CEO Update - July 2016

7 July 2016
One of the areas that CSI is leading the way in high quality social impact research is in exploring the growth and sustainability of Australia’s social enterprises. This month, I’ve ...

Excellence in Teaching Award goes to Lecturer from the Centre for Social Impact

16 June 2016
University of New South Wales (UNSW) Australia Lecturer, Dr Fanny Salignac has been awarded the UNSW Business School award for UN PRME Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Salignac designed and teaches Creating ...

Centre for Social Impact announced as UN Women’s IWD Event Manager for 3rd year

15 June 2016
The Centre for Social Impact (CSI) has been appointed by UN Women National Committee Australia to be the event manager for five national events as part of the week surrounding ...

CEO Update - June 2016

8 June 2016
CSI integrates high quality research, teaching and community engagement. Next month’s CSI UWA Social Impact Festival is a fantastic example. This month I’ve asked Professor Paul Flatau to tell you ...

CSI Announces Round Two Postgraduate Social Impact Scholarships

7 June 2016
The Centre for Social Impact is pleased to announce the recipients of the second round of 2016 Social Impact Scholarships. Cheree Hunter, who lives in Queensland and is starting the ...

NEWS: CSI talks on the social benefits of affordable housing

3 June 2016
Stephen Bennett, Research Officer at the Centre for Social Impact, will speak at a SIMNA NSW event on 7 June 2016 in Sydney. The breakfast event is a workshop for participants ...

Media release: Ageing is a Vivid Idea

1 June 2016
The Centre for Social Impact (CSI) and The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI) will host Design 4 Social Innovation tomorrow. This is a Vivid Ideas event as part of ...

CSI has developed a program designed to stimulate inclusive economic growth

25 May 2016
This morning marked the launch of the Financial Inclusion Action Plan (FIAP) program, developed in partnership by Good Shepherd Microfinance, EY, the Australian Government and the Centre for Social Impact. Eleven ...

CEO Update - May 2016

2 May 2016
The Long Game: Social purpose beyond the budget Last week we published with our partners PwC a report quantifying the social purpose market in Australia, estimating total expenditures on health, ...

The Economic Benefits of Tackling Homelessness

29 April 2016
In an op-ed in The West Australian from CSI UWA's director Professor Paul Flatau, he discusses the economic benefits of tackling homelessness early.  He says: "Getting young people into safe ...

Media release: Under pressure - Australia’s $510bn ‘social purpose market’

28 April 2016
Every year Australia spends more than half a trillion dollars on social purpose goods and services directed at health, welfare and education, almost one third of the nation’s GDP; as ...

Media release: The cost of youth homelessness is Australia is $626m

27 April 2016
The Centre for Social Impact at The University of Western Australia has participated in a landmark study, which shows that early intervention could save more than $626 million per year in ...

Media release: Flying Doctor Marketing lead swoops into Engagement Director role at CSI

22 April 2016
The Centre for Social Impact (CSI) has welcomed Brendon Smyth in the national role of Engagement Director. The former General Manager Fundraising and Marketing at the Royal Flying Doctor Service ...

Professor Kristy Muir at Generosity Forum

11 April 2016
CSI's Director of Research (Social Outcomes), Professor Kristy Muir, will be presenting at The Generosity Forum in Melbourne. Presenting part two of the session on Measuring the Impact of your ...

Media release: Young Indigenous Australians challenged by mainstream economy

11 April 2016
First Nations Foundation have announced a significant first step in their investigation into the life journey of Indigenous Australians with the launch of new report “The Financial Economy and Indigenous ...

CEO Update - April 2016

7 April 2016
I spent most of my past two weeks out of the office speaking with a wide range of people about social purpose including four undergraduate student lectures at UNSW, local ...

Media release: Agility and dynamism the key to WA’s social enterprises

7 April 2016
The Centre for Social Impact has published its fourth report as part of the Bankwest Foundation Social Impact Series. Titled 'How do Western Australia’s Social Enterprises meet their Financial Challenges' ...
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