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Author: 
Helen Styles, Queensland Council of Social Service

Homelessness is a problem too complex to be tackled by only the community services sector and government departments. It needs the combined efforts of the private, public and community sectors because a diverse range of people and organisations are better able to address the diverse and...

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Author: 
Tiffany Tento, Queensland Council of Social Service

The Queensland Government’s ambitious and visionary Queensland Plan has set out a positive framework for the next 30 years, but its success will depend on whether it can inspire real action.

The Queensland Plan is not...

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Author: 
Craig Ford, Polymorphic Solutions

Your community organisation might have run on spreadsheets, shared folders and Access databases until one day, when you realised the systems don’t talk to each other and your organisation can’t grow without a single integrated system. Then it is time to consider a CRM (Client Relationship...

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Author: 
Mindy Leow, Social Traders

As the Australian social enterprise sector grows, it’s easier for consumers and organisations to deliver social impact through their spending.

Social enterprises are businesses that sell goods and services into the marketplace in order to deliver community benefit. The...

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Author: 
May Kabay, Indigenous Professional Support Unit, QCOSS

First and foremost I would like to acknowledge the First Nations People of Australia.  I acknowledge and pay respect to those past, and those who still walk our beautiful mother earth whose connections give spiritual, united and cultural significance to all Indigenous Peoples of Australia...

Results
Author: 
Jane Grant, Queensland Council of Social Service

QCOSS is currently delivering a series of workshops across the state exploring how organisations can measure outcomes using the Results Based Accountability™ framework. Our main reason for doing so is that our members asked for it. Late in 2013 QCOSS surveyed its members asking what support...

Report
Author: 
Anne Curson, Queensland Council of Social Service

This month QCOSS releases the Rethinking Resources: Case Studies of Financial Resilience from Community Services report, in which community organisations from Queensland share how...

Collaboration
Author: 
Jane Geltch, National Disability Services

Just like the three billy goats gruff, organisations seeking to get to greener pastures by using the bridge of collaboration also encounter a troll. Well actually they encounter three trolls: the trolls of control, competition and commitment.

This is the analogy offered by...

Communication
Author: 
Ted Flack, Third Sector Management Services

Setting the Scene

The Incorporated Associations Act and Corporations Law clearly state that the ultimate authority in incorporated bodies is the Board (sometimes more formally referred to as Committee of Management). The Board is legally responsible for appointing the Manager and...

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Author: 
Tiffany Tento, Queensland Council of Social Service

The latest edition of Social Ventures Australia’s (SVA’s) consulting quarterly explores not for profit partnerships and collaboration: what works and why; how to partner; and how to facilitate collaboration.

As well as the lead article, there are case studies on corporate social...

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