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SAVE THE DATE: Communities in Control Conference

Prominent thinkers, doers, and activists of all kinds, including Stan Grant, Annabel Crabb, Phillip Wollen, Kathy Kelly and Hugh McKay, tackle inequality at our next Communities in Control conference, May 28-29. Register now.

ETHICS: The Ethics of the Holiday Season

In this extract from Everyday Ethics: The Daily Decisions You Make and How They Shape the World, Dr Longstaff looks at the notion of the 'examined life' and considers questions many of us will encounter during the holiday season.

SOCIAL IMPACT: Airbnb turns to community groups

Airbnb's new social impact experiences offer an opportunity for guests and visitors to interact with locals and gain access to people, places and activities they could not find on there own. Read to find out more.

MEET THE TRAINER: Patrick Moriarty

We spoke to the man behind many of Our Community's training courses, to find out more about his training style, experiences and thoughts.

HELP SHEET: Eighteen tech tools for the 2018 not-for-profit

If you're running behind 21st-century tech, make 2018 the year you catch up and get on top. There's a truckload of useful apps and platforms to help your community group work more smoothly and efficiently.

PULSE POLL: All I want for Christmas

We asked: If your organisation could ask Santa for one thing, what would it be? That's the question we put to you in the October issue of Our Community Matters. Here's what you told us.

FIRST PERSON: Random Hacks of Kindness

Random Hacks of Kindness is a conglomeration of technologists and community-sector professionals whose mission is to design tech for good. Alex McMillan attended their "hackathon" in Melbourne last month to find out what they're all about.

HEALTHY COMMUNITIES: How are your community's Vital Signs?

Understanding what's really going on in your community is perhaps the most important thing you can do before you step in to help. Here's how community foundations are showing the way forward with Vital Signs reports.

MAPPING SOCIAL COHESION: We're still sticking together, just

A landmark report into Australia's social cohesion shows that while Aussies are still a tolerant and welcoming bunch overall, they're increasingly turning their backs on politicians, asylum seekers, minority groups and the looming environmental threat.

FUNDRAISING LESSONS: Why loyalty is such a powerful motivator

The latest figures on giving reveal how important it is to nurture the loyalty of your supporters, whether they're volunteers, donors or future benefactors.

GLOBAL BATTLE: Community groups the frontline of inequality fight

Leading US philanthropist Mae Hong says the world's political turmoil is a wake-up call for the community sector, who as the "guardians of good face a battle like no other to hold the line against powerful forces eroding civil society.

GOVERNANCE: Community directors' scholarships open doors

One of the latest students of the Diploma of Business (Governance), awarded a scholarship under a community leaders program, says the course has "far exceeded" her expectations. | NEW SCHOLARSHIP: $1000 joint offer from Women's Leadership Institute Australia (WLIA) and Our Community (details here)

RESOURCES: IT help - free, discounted, donated

Here's where not-for-profits can access discounted, donated or free software, hardware and training.

CYBER SECURITY: Not-for-profits slow to act on threats

Six months after ransomware attacks swept the globe, not-for-profit organisations have been slow to react as new laws loom over how your protect data. Here's what you can do to prepare.

FUNDRAISING: Spread the load to build financial sustainability

You're a mission-focused organisation, and your mission is long term. Your funding and your funding strategy should focus on the long term as well. The long term has to cover good times and ad times. You have to be able to survive both droughts and floods. Diversify with the seven pillars.

ADVICE: Top five financial questions for not-for-profits

Knowing how to assess an organisation's finances is something that many people without accounting degrees struggle with. David Sharpe, director of advisory and consulting at Generate, helps answer your questions.

RSL's finance battle a lesson for us all

Knowing how to assess an organisation's finances is something that many people without accounting degrees struggle with. David Sharpe, director of advisory and consulting at Generate, helps answer your questions.

SUSAN PASCOE: Top regulator joins forces with Our Community

You probably already know Susan Pascoe will soon be joining the Our Community family as the inaugural chair of the Community Directors Council. But we thought you'd like to know a bit more about her!

NEWS: Top regulator to head new Community Directors Council

Outgoing Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission chief Susan Pascoe will chair the new advocacy and advisory body for Our Community's Insitute of Community Directors Australia (ICDA).

TAKE THE TEST: Volunteer's map to safe financial harbour

Volunteer treasurer Sinead Glennon, a joint winner of this year's Not-for-Profit Treasurers' Awards, has developed an online financial health test for not-for-profit groups. Try it now!

OPINION: Why Our Community supports marriage equality

There really aren't any arguments against same-sex marriage that don't boil down to "God doesn't like it", writes Our Community group managing director Denis Moriarty.

FUNDING: Reversal of post-GFC grants slump tipped

Philanthropic grantmaker Caitriona Fay, of Perpetual, commenting on our Grants in Australia 2017 report, has begun to see a reversal of a funding slump.

CENSUS: Five ways the census is gold for your community group

Think the census was useless? Think again! We've found five useful ways to use the census data to your organisation's advantage.

GRANTS: Study into $26b sector reveals winners, losers, waste

Large organisations are winning small grants as well as big ones, pressure is building on local government, and a huge amount of effort is being wasted on grant applications that are abandoned, the Grants in Australia 2017 research study reveals.

DATA BLOG: Data is the new oil, and we've got to start drilling

Our Community's managing director Denis Moriarty explains how we want to make sure the social sector doesn't miss out on grasping the possibilities presented by these new tools.

NUMBER CRUNCHING: Grants survey - the quest for perfection continues

Data science + subject matter expertise + data communication skills = powerful insights, and what else we've learnt from the Grants in Australia 2017 study.

NFP ADVICE: Seven tips for paying your organisation's super

A new booklet produced by HESTA in partnership with Our Community helps to make it super-simple for community sector employers to meet their superannuation payment obligations.

PODCAST: NFPs, why it's time to get out of your comfort zone

Young entrepreneur Holly Ransom says being a small organisation doesn't mean you can't be behind a big impact, if you know how to make change happen. (From the latest edition of Board Builder)

TAX CHANGES: Federal reforms have NFP advocates in the gun

NOT-for-profit groups eligible for tax deductible donations face a significant shakeup following the release of a Federal Government discussion paper on "reform opportunities". Our response: Turnbull's tax whack hobbles community

OUR CONFERENCE: Community urged not to accept the status quo

IF there was one underlying message to the thousand-strong throng at this year's two-day Communities in Control conference, it's that community leaders should raise their expectations about what's possible, because there's no rule that says you have to accept the way things are.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Denton's challenge a matter of life and death

MEDIA identity turned assisted dying campaigner Andrew Denton says a cabal of mostly men in the Catholic Church and medical fraternities are doing their best to crush popular support for euthanasia laws.

OPINION: Federal budget 2017-18

As the not-for-profit sector grows, so must its powers of persuasion, writes Our Community group managing director Denis Moriarty.

FOR BOARDS: Hot topics for the sector

The post-conference edition of Board Builder is a bumper edition full of the most useful solutions to the big issues facing boards gleaned from our recent gathering of grassroots members and experts. Download it now.

BACK TO BASICS: Ten tips to keep your group compliant

Our Community has come up with this hit list of ways to ensure your group remains on the straight and narrow from the dangers of late reports to knowing who is really responsible.

TIME WASTER: Grant survey shock a wake-up call for not-for-profits

Billions of dollars in grants are disbursed in Australia each year, yet grantseekers are spending precious time applying for funding they'll never get, with new figures revealing least 54% of applicants have pulled out of a grant application before finishing it.

ART OF THE DECISION: Good governance a foundation for great art

If you're a leader in an arts organisation, you'll be interested in this series of workshops and free webinars tailored for the sector by Our Community's Institute of Community Directors Australia (ICDA) and the Australia Council for the Arts. The council identified gaps in governance, and the new courses will help organisations build stronger structures and better processes.

NEW STRATEGY: Money-making for not-for-profits

Making a profit and doing good were once considered mutually exclusive, particularly by not-for-profits. But things are changing as social enterprises, which aim to sustain their mission by trading for profit, continue to sprout across the globe.

PODCAST: Data for beginners

In this episode, Our Community executive director Kathy Richardson speaks with US data scientist Andrew Means about how not-for-profit groups can get started in harnessing the opportunities of data, while avoiding the risks.

FUTURE SHOCK: The Trump effect on not-for-profits

Even as the "Donald Trump effect" continues to sweep the world, not-for-profits are acutely aware they could be in for a rough ride following the election of the maverick ex-reality star. Here's what not-for-profit delegates were saying at our Board Builder conference.

FIRST PERSON: Five roles every not-for-profit needs

Google employs "Geniuses" instead of programmers, and the Our Community office boasts a "Chaos Controller" and a "Thinker-in-Residence", with one of her friends - a full-time mum - referring to herself as "Household CEO", it got our social media whizz Alex McMillan thinking about job titles in the not-for-profit world.

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