The Centre For Social Purpose

Supporting a Sector in Transformation

For purpose organisations play an important role in our society.

They deliver significant social impact across diverse areas such as health, disability, aged care, international humanitarian and development, asylum seekers and refugees, and social services.

Being close to the frontline of those in need, they have a clear understanding of social needs.

They also have a unique ability to engage those with a shared commitment, mobilise resources, deliver services that change lives and advocate for social change.

This happens within a challenging environment.

For purpose organisations are delivering these services with constrained budgets and resources. Financial sustainability issues have forced some organisations to scale back services while others have closed down.

COVID-19 has introduced new challenges as it significantly impacts funding, the ability to deliver services, staff morale and productivity.

In response, sector leaders need to have an even great focus on delivering both their purpose and their commercial objectives.

The Challenge

The Centre for Social Purpose was created by a group of For Purpose sector leaders following a forum which explored :

How to become more commercial

without losing what makes us unique?

Regulatory changes and the shift from block funding to consumer-directed funding have been major sector disruptors.

For purpose organisations needed to become more commercial in order to be sustainable, while also maintaining their purpose focus.

 

The Centre For Social Purpose

The Forum identified the need to create a sector community which provides a way for organisations to share learnings as they faced similar challenges.

Subsequent co-creation Roundtables in 2017 identified three key foundations of the Centre:

1.

An emphasis on Operational Excellence

This is the enabler that allows organisations to deliver both their purpose and commercial objectives.

1. An emphasis on Operational Excellence

This is the enabler that allows organisations to deliver both their purpose and commercial objectives.

2.

Leverage Sector Experience & Expertise

Many solutions to shared challenges already exist within the sector.

2. Leverage Sector Experience & Expertise

Many solutions to shared challenges already exist within the sector.

3.

Recognise the Collaborate vs Compete tension

There are many opportunities to collaborate that do not affect competitive advantage.

3. Recognise the Collaborate vs Compete tension

There are many opportunities to collaborate that do not affect competitive advantage.

Working together to thrive, not just survive 

Our Purpose

Supporting For Purpose Organisations to realise their aspirations through achieving Operational Excellence.

Our Objectives

The Centre helps organisations to :

Achieve Revenue Goals

Optimize Impact

Reduce Costs Through Productivity Improvements

Our Approach 

We achieve this by focusing on three things :

Connect

  • Roundtables : Best Practice insights & Collaborative Problem Solving
  • Working Groups

Develop

  • Improvement Insights
  • Cost-effective, sector-relevant training and consulting

Save

  • Resource sharing
  • Church Resources Buying Group volume discounts (electricity, travel, office)

Contact us for assistance

Craig Hawke

c.hawke@tcfsp.com.au

02 9478 1463