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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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...
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