Executive Education

CSI is excited to partner with AGSM@UNSW Business School to present Governance for Social Impact - a 2-day executive education course for Board Directors, designed to facilitate an examination of the social impact ecosystem and the importance of leading effective social impact governance.

Next intakes

Sydney: 26-27 March, 2020 (postponed)
Melbourne: 16-17 September, 2020

For more details about the course please read the information below which includes fee and scholarship information, or download our course brochure.

For further enquiries please contact Francesca Pinzone.

Find out more and APPLY NOW via the AGSM website.

What you’ll learn

Moving beyond the essential legal and financial responsibilities of Board Directors, this course will provide an in-depth examination of the importance of governance to achieve maximum social impact for your organisation. 

You'll learn and thoroughly understand what it means to govern with a ‘mission-first’ agenda and you'll be provided with the knowledge and tools to navigate the social purpose ecosystem and to 'lift your gaze' to lead effective social impact governance.

You'll learn about:

  1. Effectively governing in a complex social ecosystem
  2. Understanding different types of problems and what it means to govern with a 'mission-first' agenda
  3. The role of Boards in optimising strategy for social impact
  4. Achieving mission by measuring what matters most, for the people who matter most
  5. Exercising effective leadership while governing for impact

How you’ll learn

  • The learning materials and activities designed for this course aim to enable participants to discover, critically analyse, and apply in practice the knowledge, frameworks and tools for effective social impact governance
  • The intensive nature of this 2-day course requires participants to have read the selected required readings in advance of attending

Course fees

Depending on the structure, size and turn over of your not-for-profit organisation the course fees range from $2,860 to $1,715. The course fee for participants from for-profit organisations is $3,575.

Four fully funded scholarships are available. Please see the scholarship details and application process below.

Course participants will be awarded two AGSM Certificate in Executive Management and Development points which can be used as credit towards an MBA (Social Impact). Participants will also receive a Digital Badge on submission of post-program work.

Feedback from previous participants

The Governance for Social Impact course received exceptionally positive feedback in 2019:

  • 98% of participants said the program will enable them to become more effective social purpose leaders
  • 97% of participants gained confidence in social impact governance as a result of the course
  • 100% of participants said the course was directly applicable to their governance role

Participant testimonials

“This course is absolutely brilliant and should be mandatory for all for-purpose leaders. The content is useful, informative, interesting and critical if you lead or govern for social impact. Once we’ve all done it, our collective impact will be amplified!”

“Full agenda of highly relevant theory in structure practical application. Great facilitation of collaboration and transparency.”

"Kristy has a great energy - constructively critical, knowledgeable and passionate about the social sector and social impact. It can be easy to criticise and judge the social sector from the outside and Kristy doesn't generate the raising of our defensive hackles!”

“Absolutely exceeded expectations, it was a real cultural experience working with high level experience and skills.”

“New, innovative and contentious while being extremely relevant.”

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Featured presenter

Kristy Muir

Professor Kristy Muir
CEO and Professor of Social Policy, Centre for Social Impact

Kristy Muir is the CEO of the Centre for Social Impact. She works closely with government, not-for-profits, corporates and philanthropic organisations to help understand, measure and find innovative solutions to some of society’s most intractable, complex social problems.

She is a Professor of Social Policy within the UNSW Business School, is an academic representative on UNSW Sydney’s Council, a Non-Executive Director of ARACY, the chair of Allan and Gill Gray Philanthropy, a member of the Gonski Institute for Education Board, a member of Our Community Director's Council, and a member of the NSW Premier’s Council on Homelessness.

Kristy has won almost $12 million in competitive external funding and has undertaken dozens of research and capacity building projects with social purpose organisations to help improve social impact. Her work focuses on children, young people, families and communities and explores the intersection between different social domains (e.g. education, employment and social participation, wellbeing, disability, mental health, housing and financial resilience), funding models and approaches.

She is published widely in policy, sociology, social work, history and public health journals and in publicly accessible forums, such as TEDx, The Conversation and The Mandarin, and featured in the Guardian as a ‘Changemaker’. Kristy is an invited representative on key leadership committees across sectors and her research has had a significant impact on policy, social investment, organisations and practitioners.

Kristy has a PhD in social history, is a graduate of the AICD, an alumnus of the Sydney Leadership Program and, before joining academia, she worked in the not-for-profit sector.

Scholarships

Centre for Social Impact scholarships


We are delighted to be making scholarships available to Non-Executive Board Directors on registered not-for-profits boards in Australia.

The eight scholarships have been supported by Allan & Gill Gray Philanthropy Australasia and will cover the full cost of the course fees for the Governance for Social Impact courses in Sydney and Melbourne in 2020.

Scholarship applications for our Sydney course have now closed and applications for our Melbourne scholarships close on 31 July, 2020.

Eligibility criteria:

  • You are an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia
  • You currently hold a position as a Non-Executive Director on a NFP Board in Australia
  • The organisation must be a registered charity

To apply, please send an email to Francesca Pinzone including:

  • A one page submission, with your bio and the reason why you would like to be considered for a scholarship to attend this program
  • A letter/email of support from a not-for-profit leader (for example, a fellow Board Member or an executive from the NFP you volunteer with)

Scholarships are awarded based on the calibre of applications in a given period and are awarded on the basis of merit.

Each applicant will be assessed on their demonstrated leadership and engagement in supporting, developing and contributing to better outcomes in the social purpose sector.

Applicants should outline their ability to apply and scale program learnings after completion of the program. If suitable recipients are not identified scholarship funds may be reserved for future applicants.

Find out more about the course and APPLY NOW via the AGSM website.

We thank NAB and JBWere for their generous support in the development of this course. 

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