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.
Who we are
The Centre for Social Impact is a collaboration of four universities: UNSW, Swinburne University of Technology, The University of Western Australia and Flinders University.
CSI was established through the generosity of the Australian government, four founding corporate supporters and four philanthropic contributions.
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 hundreds of research projects with government, business and not-for-profit partners, and provides the nation’s most comprehensive postgraduate programs in social impact.
A collaboration of four 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, Swinburne University of Technology, The University of Western Australia and Flinders University.