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  • 14 Oct 2013 1:47 PM | Louise Stokes
    Survey Matters, in conjunction with AuSAE, is delighted to announce the second study in the Associations Matter: State of the Sector Series; a unique benchmark research project addressing the needs of Australian and New Zealand associations and charitable organisations.

    About the Research
    In the second of these landmark Studies into membership of associations, this Study will focus on New Zealand and Australian Industry Bodies who typically provide membership to and represent the interests of other organisations in a dedicated sector or area of interest.

    The Associations Matter: 2013 State of the Sector Study for Industry Bodies will survey members of Australasian industry associations to provide benchmark data about:
    • Who are the Members of Industry Associations?
    • Why Do Organisations Join Industry Associations?
    • What Services Members Value?
    • What Issues are Important to Members in your Industry?
    • How do Members want to Communicate with Associations, and Vice Versa?
    • Engagement and satisfaction levels, and likelihood to recommend

    How to Participate
    To register your interest in taking part in the research, or to find out more go to:
    or Call Survey Matters on +61 3 9452 0101 or email
  • 14 Oct 2013 12:23 PM | Louise Stokes
    An Australian software developer recently launched a website that helps companies give back by offering free technology services to charities and other organizations in support of social causes.

    Looking for a way to give back to your local community?
    You could write a check.

    Money always helps. But that’s assuming the organization or the charity you’re donating to has the resources and the staff talent to put your cash to work.

    Australian software developer Atlassian is exploring the philanthropic power of another asset: human capital. Playing off its reputation as a serious software developer with a social conscience, the company recently launched Rather than collect donations toward charitable endeavors, the site employs a crowdsourcing model to match charities and other nonprofits with technology experts to help them achieve their goals.

    “It’s almost like a that connects technology volunteerism with charities and causes,” Atlassian President Jay Simons recently told VentureBeat when interviewed about the site. “Imagine if charities could get engineering help from Google, Facebook, or Atlassianundefinedthat’s what we’re hoping to provide.”

    Crowdsourcingundefinedfor the Greater Good
    Cash donations are appealing to charities and nonprofits for obvious reasons and working at the local food bank can be personally fulfilling. However, Atlassian executives say their employees would much prefer to use their knowledge and unique skill sets to confront societal issues at a higher level.

    “The amount of money I could donate would probably be pale in comparison to a few hours of my time spent a week or a month or whatever,” says Sam Day, an Atlassian software developer in a video about the project.

    The feeling is mutual.

    “The charities like our money, but what they really want is to solve problems,” Atlassian cofounder and CEO Scott Farquhar told VentureBeat.

    How it Works
    Participating nonprofits (all groups are vetted before approval, according to the website) are invited to list technology-related jobs and projects on the site. Listings run the gamut, from basic web design to project “road-mapping” and data analysis, reports Atlassian.

    The company says its employees, each of whom get five days of leave a year to use toward volunteer projects, are currently working on gratis assignments for three different educational organizations.

    Once the opportunities are posted, technology volunteersundefinedfrom developers to designers to project managersundefinedcan log onto the site to look for an assignment that appeals to their sense of social responsibility.

    Though the site is live, it’s still very much a work in progress, with a focus on local projects. The company says it’s planning a wider launch in 2014, with an eye toward taking the site international in the near future.
  • 10 Oct 2013 4:22 PM | Louise Stokes
    Conflict of interest is a topical area of challenge for donors and grantmakers along with the thorny issue of the Management Expense Ratio (MER) - the percentage of funds that is spent to administer and manage grants, says Genevieve Timmons in her new book ‘Savvy Giving’, commissioned by the Australian Communities Foundation.

    Here we publish an extract from the book which offers guidance on the art and science of philanthropy for the beginner as well as the seasoned giver.

    Conflict of interest is a topical area of challenge for donors and grantmakers. Board members and decision makers are expected to bring personal talents, ideas, networks and experience to the grantmaking table, to help inform the granting decisions.

  • 10 Oct 2013 11:50 AM | Louise Stokes
    The Federal Government is cracking down on workplace bullying and introducing an all-encompassing law that makes bullying conduct unlawful. Business adviser Ruth Knight offers her tips on how to prepare a Not for Profit organisation for the change.

    What can cost an organisation’s time, money, staff turnover, absenteeism, poor working relationships, and low morale? Workplace bullying.

    Any organisation is at risk and there is never a better time to start putting in place the policies and systems to protect you and your employees from the destructive effects of bullying and harassment.

    Please find full article here
  • 10 Oct 2013 11:46 AM | Louise Stokes
    The Centre for Corporate Governance, at the University of Technology Sydney, is conducting research into the current status of governance in the Not for Profit sector.

    In collaboration with industry partner CompliSpace, which provides of corporate governance programs and services, the Centre for Corporate Governance says it intends to survey the extent of existing governance frameworks in charities and Not for Profits in the context of the ongoing NFP reforms.

    “The new national charity regulator, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) is part of a broader program of reforms taking place to improve regulatory arrangements in the NFP sector, while increasing accountability and improving confidence in how NFP's manage their funding,” Research Associate, Martijn Boersma said.

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  • 10 Oct 2013 11:43 AM | Louise Stokes
    Over 73 per cent of Australians own a smartphone but only 16 per cent of charities offer a mobile optimised website, according to a new survey.

    The survey by international digital consultancy Reading Room says it’s clear that charities are missing out on mobile.

    Reading Room reviewed the web presence of 30 of Australia’s most prominent charities and found that only a small minority are using either the mobile web or mobile apps to engage with their audiences. It found that Australian charities are failing to use mobile to reach, engage and raise revenue from the general public.

    Please find full article here.
  • 10 Oct 2013 11:41 AM | Louise Stokes
    An annual study into how young people are faring in Australia reveals a misalignment between the skills many young people have and the jobs that are available to them.

    The report by the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) has shown that many young Australians are overqualified for their jobs and those without qualifications are finding it much harder to get a good job.

  • 08 Oct 2013 2:44 PM | Louise Stokes
    New research by American Express has found that 8 in 10 Australian businesses are acting on customer feedback given through social media and review sites to improve the services they offer.

    American Express surveyed Australian business owners and consumers and found that 81 per cent of business owners have made changes to the way they run their business following feedback from consumers, including changes to improve service (50 per cent), quality control (38 per cent), staff training (30 per cent) and to speed up delivery (28 per cent).

    However, the Amex study uncovered a significant disconnect in terms of feedback provided and received, perception of any action taken, and the effectiveness of different feedback tools. While 63 per cent of Australians have used social media to provide feedback to a business, only 42 per cent of business owners claim to have received feedback in this way. And alarmingly, 60 per cent of consumers don’t believe businesses actually act on their feedback.

  • 08 Oct 2013 8:49 AM | Deleted user

    New Jobs have been added to AuSAE's job board! Click here


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  • 03 Oct 2013 2:05 PM | Louise Stokes
    At the recent Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) annual general meeting, a new leadership team was elected to drive the strategic direction of the organisation.

    Lyn Lewis-Smith, CEO of Business Events Sydney, was promoted from Vice President to President. Stuart Nettlefold, CEO of Business Events Tasmania, accepted the then vacant position of Vice President, while Karen Bolinger, CEO of the Melbourne Convention Bureau, continues as AACB’s Treasurer.

    “It’s a great honour to be elected President and represent Australia’s 15 convention bureaux on the national and international stages. I come to the presidency at a very exciting time for our industry: we have a new federal government that I am eager to work with to enhance Australia’s proposition within the international business events market and contribute to our own knowledge economy; many Australian cities are welcoming new or enhanced meetings infrastructure; and we are working hard to grow business from the booming Asian market. All of these factors present opportunities and challenges for our sector and I look forward to working alongside Andrew Hiebl and the board to lead the charge,” comments Lyn Lewis-Smith.

    “The convention bureau sector in Australia is engaged, innovative and well-respected globally. Our local minds are firmly set on strategies that will write the future success stories of our industry globally!”

    The Board collectively thanked out-going President Damien Kitto, CEO of the Adelaide Convention Bureau, for his efforts and hard work in leading the Executive team for two consecutive two year terms.

    For further enquiries, please contact:
    Andrew Hiebl
    Executive Director, AACB Inc
    M: +61 408 367 338
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