Governance for Social Impact

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

Next intake:

Sydney: 23-24 March, 2022 - APPLY BELOW
Melbourne: September 2022 (dates to be confirmed) - Register your interest

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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 course requires participants to have read the selected required readings and completed the online modules in advance of attending the online workshop.

Course fees:

Depending on the structure, size and turn over of your not-for-profit organisation the course fees range from $1,788 to $2,860. The course fee for participants from for-profit organisations is $3,575.

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 an elected member of UNSW Sydney’s Council (member of the Finance and Business Committee), the Chair of Allan & Gill Gray Philanthropy Australasia, a Non-Executive Director of the Australian Research Alliance for Children & Youth, Chair of ARACY’s Audit and Risk Committee and a member of the NSW Premier’s Council on Homelessness and the Gonski Institute for Education Advisory Board.

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.

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

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