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Complexity Theory meets Social Impact Investment – call out for research participants

23 October 2017
How can leaders in social impact investments increase the adaptive ability of their collaborations? A PhD researcher at the UWA Centre for Social Impact is using complexity theory to provide ...

RESEARCH MEASURES INDIGENOUS OUTCOMES IN THE KIMBERLEY AND PILBARA

20 October 2017
A study commissioned by the State Government and carried out by researchers from The University of Western Australia has provided the first detailed analysis of government service provision and expenditure ...

CEO Update - October 2017

18 October 2017
What if poverty is a choice? It is national anti-poverty week in Australia, so it’s a good time to ask a pertinent question: What if poverty is a choice? Not ...

Media Release: New report reveals financial wellbeing is about more than the finances

26 September 2017
Financial wellbeing isn’t just about people’s financial situations. It about having enough money to meet expenses, but also about having spare cash to make choices, feeling in control of your ...

CEO Update - September 2017

15 September 2017
I’ve had a really interesting week that has left me pondering a question: Do we value an inclusive society in Australia? I started the week at Philanthropy Australia’s Philanthropy meets ...

Media Release: Why is financial stress on the rise? New report looks at the multiple factors affecting financial resilience in Australia.

15 September 2017
A new report released today by the Centre for Social Impact, in partnership with NAB explores the complex reasons why many in Australia are facing increasing financial stress. Financial Resilience ...

Third Sector Awards

14 September 2017
The winners of the Third Sector Awards, were revealed at the Plaza Ballroom in Melbourne last week. Third Sector, in partnership with the Centre for Social Impact and a team ...

CSI Launches new Strategy: Catalysing Social Change for A Better World

12 September 2017
Download the new CSI Strategy: Catalysing Social Change for a Better World  

MEDIA RELEASE: 50 Lives, 50 homes

31 August 2017
Rapid housing with support is key to addressing the complex and serious needs of Australia’s most vulnerable rough sleepers, says new study. A new research study report on a campaign ...

Mental health and homelessness - Housing coupled with support brings health and economic benefits

21 August 2017
Mental health problems are far more common among people who are homeless. Not having a safe place to sleep causes further anxiety and stress on top of this, access to ...

CEO Update - August 2017

11 August 2017
Could social impact investment be the disrupter needed for affordable housing and homelessness in Australia? It's the last days of national homelessness week, and just up the road from our ...

Mapping Victorian Social Enterprises - Keep an eye on the competition!

8 August 2017
In July 2017, the Centre for Social Impact, Swinburne was commissioned by the Victorian Government—Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources to undertake a census and mapping exercise of ...

Media Release: Social Impact Investing: A new solution to affordable housing?

7 August 2017
Social Impact Investments (SII) are an innovative and growing mechanism for funding solutions to complex social problems, including housing and homelessness policy, says a new report released today by the ...

Media Release: More Australians Online, But More Work to be Done

1 August 2017
Tuesday, 1 August, 2017 Online participation is increasing across Australia, however gaps continue to exist between those who are digitally included and excluded, linked closely to social exclusion and disadvantage. ...

Breakthrough Study on Not-for-Profit Workforce launched to reveal insights and opportunities for NFP organisations and workers

18 July 2017
  Breakthrough Study on Not-for-Profit Workforce launched to reveal insights and opportunities for NFP organisations and workers The Australian Not-for-Profit Workforce Study, the largest on and for NFP organisations, employees ...

Media Release: Lack of funds means WA charities struggle to measure outcomes

17 July 2017
MEDIA RELEASE 17 July 2017 Lack of funds means WA charities struggleto measure outcomes Charities in Western Australia are struggling to measure their outcomes due to a lack of funding ...

CEO Update - July 2017

13 July 2017
Many of you may not know this about me, but I began my academic life as a social historian. I’ve always been fascinated by the way that history informs and ...

Financial Inclusion Action Plan sees banks and utilities sign up, says AFR

22 June 2017
The Australian Financial Review writes about the Financial Inclusion Action Plan. "The big four banks and some of Australia's biggest energy and water companies are among 30 groups to have ...

Academic Achievements for CSI People, past and present

22 June 2017
(Image: David Gonski, Peter Shergold, & Kristy Muir) It was a big week for CSI's people last week as we got the opportunity to celebrate a number of academic achievements. ...

30 Organisations Join Forces to Help Financial Inclusion for Three Million Australians

21 June 2017
The number of organisations committed to driving inclusion and resilience for over three million adults who are experiencing financial exclusion in Australia has today risen to 30, with a range ...

CSI CEO backs the need for assurance regarding ACNC

16 June 2017
CSI’s CEO, Kristy Muir, has reiterated her belief in the importance and need for the Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commission (ACNC). The shock decision to not renew the ...

CEO Update - June 2017

13 June 2017
The Social Impact Festival: Shifting perceptions. Shaping the future. Home, place, and land. These locations and concepts mean different things to different people, but they all stir emotion and raise ...

CSI Responds to the recent news that the contract of ACNC Commissioner Susan Pascoe AM will not be renewed

2 June 2017
 Like many social sector organisations, we were surprised to learn on Thursday that the contract of Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commissioner Susan Pascoe AM, would not be renewed. The charities ...

CSI Swinburne secures Significant ARC Linkage Grant

1 June 2017
The Centre for Social Impact today announced that CSI Swinburne would receive $165,000 in funds from an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage grant. The funds are for a research project ...

CSI is recruiting a PhD Scholar to study“Australia’s Charities: Strengthening social justice for the 21st Century”

30 May 2017
CSI, in partnership with the Social Policy Research Centre, is offering a PhD Scholarship from 2018 on the topic “Australia’s Charities: Strengthening social justice for the 21st Century”. As one ...

MEDIA RELEASE: Baseline Research Report depict a group of people deeply impacted by complex life circumstances, poor health and homelessness.

22 May 2017
High or very high levels of psychological distress, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, chronic physical conditions, and poor social support, are common characteristics of those experiencing chronic homelessness according to Sacred Heart ...

CEO Update - May 2017

16 May 2017
Fairness, security, opportunity? Reflections on the Federal Government Budget 2017 In his 2017 budget speech Treasurer Scott Morrison explained that “This Budget is about making the right choices to secure ...

Media Release: How can a sustainable start-up, stay up?

27 April 2017
First Australian study into the resilience of social enterprises shines a light on opportunities & challenges  Getting a social enterprise off the ground is no mean feat. Long and tiring ...

Media Release: New ways of funding essential to adequately support the homeless

27 April 2017
MEDIA STATEMENT Friday 28 April 2017 NEW WAYS OF FUNDING ESSENTIAL TO ADEQUATELY SUPPORT THE HOMELESS Australia’s services to support the homeless are overwhelmingly unable to meet client demand, according ...

Student Story: Janet Liu

26 April 2017
When Janet Liu, Manager of Financial Inclusion at ANZ Bank was looking to study an MBA, one course and business school stood out above others.  “There are a few reasons ...

CEO Update - April 2017

25 April 2017
A Giving Australia When I was a child my parents taught me to give. There wasn't a lot of disposable income, but we gave donations to different charities, my mum ...

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 ...
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