Building Financial Sustainability

This resource has been developed by Knode and Foresters to support boards and service managers to assess their financial position and strategically build their organisation's financial sustainability.

Building financial sustainability in your organisation contains tools to help you:

  • Assess where your organisation is on the continuum between survival and sustainability;
  • Consider how your financial sustainability connects with your values, mission and social objectives;
  • Link financial sustainability to your social impact and use this to help make strategic decisions;
  • Do a health check on your financial systems;
  • Consider your assets, beyond bricks and mortar;
  • Understand common financial terms.

FIND OUT MORE: To download the guide click here.

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Queensland Government media release The Palaszczuk Government’s 2017-18 Budget will invest $1.37 billion to keep children safe and support vulnerable Queenslanders. Minister Shannon Fentiman said the Palaszczuk Government had restored services for families after the LNP cut more than $259 million...
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HESTA community Sector Awards recognise Australia's outstanding contributors to the community sector. The awards are an opportunity to publicly acknowledge the inspirational work individuals and organisations provide to the broader community, supporting those who need it most. If you know a...
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The Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (DCCSDS) is seeking input to assist in the development of a strategic investment direction and plan to guide their investment over the coming years. In early 2016, the department held a round of consultation workshops across the...
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The Palaszczuk Government is seeking expressions of interest from non-government organisations and investors under its new Social Benefit Bonds scheme to tap ideas for delivering new and innovative community services. “The Palaszczuk Government’s first State Budget last year outlined plans for...
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Queensland’s young people are being encouraged to have their say on the state’s first-ever youth strategy. The Queensland Government is developing a strategy to guide how young people, the community, organisations and government agencies can better work together to achieve the best outcomes for...
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The Queensland Government has made improvements to community recovery after a disaster or emergency. This includes more sophisticated disaster mapping and clearer eligibility criteria for financial assistance which means help can go more efficiently to those suffering genuine hardship. Referrals...
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All children deserve to be safe, valued and to live at home with a caring family. However, sometimes, parents need help to care for their children safely at home. Family and Child Connect works with vulnerable families by connecting them to the right support services in their local community...
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On 17 July the Honourable Curtis Pitt MP, Treasurer, Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, spoke about the state budget and how it will impact on the community service sector at the QCOSS State Budget Breakfast. You can...
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With organisations due to commence reporting on outcome measures in their service agreements from 1 July this year, the Outcomes Working Group was established to draft and test a suite of program level outcomes and measures for community organisations. Organisations have worked towards a shared...
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The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) report , Inequality in Australia: A nation divided , has found that there is a big gap in incomes and wealth between different groups in society. While inequality is not as extreme in Australia by international comparison, we are trending in the...

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Are you looking for support in Queensland, or trying to find a service that meets your needs? Now you can search oneplace , the service directory hosted by the Queensland Family and Child Commission. oneplace is an easily accessible directory of community services to help Queensland families to get...
This paper from the Australian Parliamentary Library provides an overview of the prevalence, risk factors and cost of domestic violence in Australia. Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) notes that, in Australia, domestic violence is the most prevalent form of...
The Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) has produced the Planned Support Guide: an approach to case management for people working in a wide range of community services. If you are a front line worker, supervisor or manager this guide is for you. The guide assists in the development of a...
This is a very simple and easy to use toolkit that is filled with templates and guides to support your organisation to develop innovative and collaborative ways of working together. From developing a value statement, stakeholder engagement, business planning, SWOT analysis and many more. The...
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Tiffany Tento, QCOSS

Queensland communities are being encouraged to be part of the solution and help put an end to family violence, as part of this year’s Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month in May.

Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Shannon Fentiman has called on all...

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Dr Ruth Knight, Zark Consultancy

Like many other community organisations, you are probably being increasingly asked to demonstrate the outcomes of your programs and services. Outcomes measurement allows you to identify which of your programs and services are successful, and helps you to test assumptions and communicate...

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Brooke Reynolds, DBCYP

Deception Bay Community Youth Programs (DBCYP) is a community organisation that provides whole of life support for young people in Deception Bay. 

DBCYP have developed the iCreate program as a means to effectively engage young people...

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Richard Fahy, Lutheran Community Care

Lutheran Community Care’s vision is aligned to making quality of life better for the clients we serve. In the light of this it is important to us that we can also quantify what has changed for the client since they have been using our services. Through adopting an outcome-based framework we seek...

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Jane Grant, Queensland Council of Social Service

This week I had the opportunity to undertake training on Social Return on Investment (SROI). Part of the SROI Network’s vision...

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