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Charities: is trust in surplus or deficit?

18 February 2020
CEO Update: February 2020 This weekend Australians and internationals opened their hearts and their wallets again during the Fire Aid Concert for bush fire relief. $9.5m was raised for the Foundation ...

Connecting our financial ecosystem

16 February 2020
Dr Archana Voola writes about the importance of bringing together the entire financial ecosystem of stakeholders to improve the well-being of all Australians. One year on from the release of ...

CSI announces two new members of its adjunct team

5 February 2020
The Centre for Social Impact at UNSW Sydney is pleased to announce the addition of two more members to its Adjunct team. Adjunct Professor Abigail Powell continues her relationship with ...

Lifting your gaze: Governing for social impact

5 February 2020
In a partnership between the Centre for Social Impact (CSI), AGSM @ UNSW Business School, JBWere and NAB, more than 200 social impact leaders from across the Australian not-for-profit sector ...

CSI congratulates Australia Day honours recipients

28 January 2020
The Centre for Social Impact sends its heartfelt congratulations to the many and varied Australia Day honours recipients working in the community sector - each with a strong commitment and ...

Sarah Davies: Building a better tomorrow

17 January 2020
This article is part of 'For the love of giving' - a storytelling series featuring just some of the people who work in the corporate social responsibility, philanthropy and community ...

CEO Update: January 2020

13 January 2020
LEADERSHIP IN A SUSTAINED CRISIS “The task of leading during a sustained crisis - whether you are the CEO of a major corporation … [or the Prime Minister of a ...

Social Impact Summer Webinar Series

13 January 2020
We’re pleased to be sharing CSI Swinburne’s recent Social Impact Summer Webinar Series. Across four weeks in late 2019, multidisciplinary researchers presented their cutting-edge research across four topics related to ...

What happened to the NDIS?

28 November 2019
Associate Professor Gemma Carey, Research Director Centre for Social Impact, UNSW Sydney It’s hard to look at a newspaper or turn on the TV without hearing about some kind of ...

CSI UWA recognised in 2019 Workplace Excellence Awards

5 November 2019
Dr Ramon Wenzel and the Centre for Social Impact UWA (CSI UWA) team have been recognised for their Workforce Analytics work in the 2019 Workplace Excellence Awards. Workforce Analytics, built by ...

Director Update - More than Homes

30 October 2019
What makes it so hard to exit entrenched disadvantage? Professor Paul Flatau, Director of CSI UWA and research lead on the 100 Families WA project seeks the answers. Entrenched poverty and ...

CSI UWA has moved to the UWA Business School

17 October 2019
As of Friday 18 October 2019, our Centre for Social Impact at the University of Western Australia (CSI UWA) team will be located at the UWA Business School. (Don't worry, ...

Media Release: Perth families on support payments cannot meet basic needs

14 October 2019
A landmark study has shown that families living on Newstart and related income support payments are living well below the poverty line, with income being grossly inadequate to provide for ...

CEO Update: September 2019

26 September 2019
When we are arguing about whether or not the “inequality” narrative is misleading, it detracts from us talking about the real heart of the issue, writes Professor Kristy Muir. Almost ...

Centre for Social Impact UWA joins the Impact Investment Alliance WA

26 September 2019
The Centre for Social Impact at the University of Western Australia (CSI UWA) is pleased to announce they have become a founding member of the new Impact Investment Alliance of ...

Media Release: Australia retains global Social Progress Index rank in 2019 despite fall in ‘Foundations for Wellbeing’

18 September 2019
Australia has been ranked 12th in the world on social progress for the second year in a row but has gradually declined in rankings since 2015, according to an index ...

Media Release: Affordability continues to be a key barrier for improving digital inclusion in Australia

17 September 2019
Today the 2019 Australian Digital Inclusion Index report was released. The Australian Digital Inclusion Index is a comprehensive picture of Australians’ online participation through three measures - access, affordability and ...

Social Enterprise Evidence Forum

11 September 2019
On August 1, 2019, 80 people from 48 organisations across five Australian states and territories convened at Swinburne University of Technology for the Social Enterprise Evidence Forum. Hosted by the ...

Outcomes measurement workshops: Know your social impact

5 September 2019
The Centre for Social Impact (CSI) is running a series of two-day interactive Outcomes Measurement Workshops across Australia. This workshop will: provide you with a background to the relevance and ...

CSI's 2019 Scholarship Recipients Announced

4 September 2019
The Centre for Social Impact is thrilled to announce the recipients of the latest round of scholarships.  $60,000 AGSM MBA (Social Impact) and Emeritus Professor Richard Henry AM and Dr ...

Media Release: Over half of families in financial hardship can't pay utility bills; health and wellbeing adversely affected

22 August 2019
Download: 100 Families WA Baseline Report Download: Financial Vulnerability Snapshot Personal loans including pay-day loans, debts arising from household and personal bills, overdue rent and student loan debts are severely ...

Is your program or service actually making a difference? It’s time to find out

20 August 2019
In Australia, we spend $510 billion per annum on social purpose, yet too many of us still don’t know where to start on understanding what outcomes we’re actually achieving. At ...

World first outcomes framework in homelessness developed in Western Australia

13 August 2019
A world first outcomes measurement framework for homelessness has been developed by the Centre for Social Impact (CSI UWA) as part of the Western Australian Alliance to End Homelessness (WAAEH). ...

CEO Update: August 2019

8 August 2019
By CSI Research Fellow Chris Hartley, and CEO Professor Kristy Muir Letting go and holding on: Homelessness Week 2019  It's National Homelessness Week in Australia (4-11 August), a week in ...

Media Release: Social Enterprise - Untapped Potential in Creating Jobs

31 July 2019
A new report released today by the Centre for Social Impact (CSI) Swinburne in partnership with Westpac Foundation shows that employment-focused social enterprises are playing a critical role in improving ...

Comment: Delivering homes, not just words

12 July 2019
by Chris Hartley In her first press conference, the newly elected leader of the NSW Labor Party Jodie McKay expressed her willingness to work alongside Premier Gladys Berejiklian to address ...

Comment: Is social enterprise a vehicle for neoliberalism?

12 July 2019
by Professor Jo Barraket This is an adaptation of Professor Jo Barraket’s recent plenary address at the 2019 EMES International Social Enterprise Research Conference in Sheffield, UK. At the Centre ...

Voice, Treaty, and Truth: Walking together to create a new Social Impact Festival

12 July 2019
Each year the Centre for Social Impact UWA holds the Social Impact Festival. This year’s Festival is Danjoo Koorliny Walking Together Towards a Just and Sustainable Society and follows directly ...

CEO Update - June 2019

13 June 2019
Omniscience is the enemy of social progress I recently had the privilege of being a teacher, panellist and participant as part of the 2019 JBWere NAB Social Leadership Program with ...

2018 Social Impact Field Trip Facilitator Kristy Bartlett reflects on this intensive student immersion

10 June 2019
“At their core, most social enterprises are trying to solve incredibly complex social or environmental problems. And at the start of every social enterprise’s journey is the need to truly ...

Media Release: Food Insecurity strikes 80% of disadvantaged families, report shows

5 June 2019
Download: Hunger and Food Insecurity Snapshot Download: Bulletin No. 1 More than 80 percent of disadvantaged households do not have stable access to food that meets their nutritional needs, according ...

EMERITUS PROFESSOR RICHARD HENRY & DR RACHEL OBERON INDIGENOUS ADVANTAGE MBA SOCIAL IMPACT SCHOLARSHIP

5 June 2019
As part of the Centre for Social Impact’s strategy to develop the social impact leaders of today and tomorrow, each year we award scholarships to students studying the Graduate Certificate ...

Media Release: Providing employment and tailored career support can improve the health, wellbeing and finances of people living with mental illness

29 May 2019
Providing employment and tailored career support can improve the health, wellbeing and finances of people living with mental illness, according to a new evaluation report from CSI Swinburne and Vanguard ...

Media Release: Groundbreaking report reveals level of Indigenous financial exclusion

29 May 2019
MARCH 29, 2019: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders fall into two groups – one suffering the most financial stress in Australia, another starting to build financial resilience – but both ...

Policy Spotlight: Housing and Employment

16 May 2019
As we go to the election, health, climate, infrastructure, community services, and other social and economic issues important policy areas for us to consider for Australia’s future. For me, as ...

CEO Update - May 2019

16 May 2019
Vale Bob Hawke I grew up with Hawkey. I was just six years old when he got elected Prime Minister and well into my teenage years by the end of ...

CEO Update - April 2019

17 April 2019
We recently moved rapidly from digesting the Morrison government’s a budget, to understanding the opposition’s budget response, to being in the throes of a federal election cycle. There’s a lot ...

Media Release: Charities Struggle to Measure Outcomes

10 April 2019
Research led by The University of Western Australia's Centre for Social Impact and funded by the Bankwest Foundation has found a gulf exists between the expectation of not-for-profit groups and ...

New: CSI Field Trip to Bangalore India

2 April 2019
Immerse yourself in a Social Impact Field Project and go to Bangalore, India Date: 14-22 September 2019 Following a successful pilot last year CSI UNSW will again offer COMM5707 Social ...

Media Release: CSI announces partnership with API Geeks on development of ground-breaking online platform for Amplify Social Impact™

26 March 2019
The Centre for Social Impact at UNSW (CSI UNSW) is pleased to announce its partnership with leading online platform engineering firm, API Geeks, for the construction and maintenance of the ...

CEO Update - March 2019

22 March 2019
Horror and Hope “The horror. The horror.” I couldn’t help but think of this quote from Joseph Conrad’s The Heart of Darkness after the atrocities last week in Christchurch. Another ...
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