by craig

The Centre for Social Purpose was created by a group of industry leaders as a forum to find new ways to transform their organisations in response to significant changes in their sector.

Co-Creation Roundtables in 2017 identified four key building blocks for the Centre:

Sustainably delivering purpose
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Organisations need to become more commercial and competitive in order to continue to deliver their purpose. Sponsors suggested avoiding the “not for profit” phrase as it no longer reflects the sector.

An emphasis on Operational Excellence
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The Centre is not a peak body so does not focus on industry or technical issues. We help  organisations become more commercial, effective and innovative while remaining true to their purpose.

Leverage sector experience & expertise 
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 Most organisations are facing the same challenges. It makes sense to learn from peers who have successfully addressed similar challenges.

Collaborate vs Compete
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While organisations may compete for funds and talent; our sponsors recognised there are many ways to share ideas that will not reduce competitive advantage.

Sustainably delivering purpose

Organisations need to become more commercial and competitive in order to continue to deliver their purpose. Sponsors suggested avoiding the “not for profit” phrase as it no longer reflects the sector.

An emphasis on Operational Excellence

The Centre is not a peak body so it does not focus on industry or technical issues. Our focus is how organisations become more commercial, effective and innovative while remaining true to their purpose.

Leverage sector experience & expertise 

 Most organisations are facing the same challenges. It makes sense to learn from peers who have successfully addressed similar challenges.

Collaborate vs Compete

While organisations may compete for funds and talent; our sponsors recognised there are many areas to share ideas that will not reduce competitive advantage.

Working together to thrive, not just survive

   Our sponsors highlighted that many social purpose organisations are struggling with being both purpose-driven and financially-sustainable in an increasingly competitive environment.  There is a need for a community forum that focuses  on how to thrive through an emphasis on Operational  Excellence that balances purpose and profit.

The Centre provides:

Working groups

Training & Consulting

Research

Buying Group & Shared Services

To assist organisations:

Solve shared problems

Build capability

Improve productivity

Introduce new initiatives

So they can:

Achieve revenue goals

Optimise  impact

Reduce costs

Have a stronger voice

And sustainably deliver their purpose

The Centre provides:

Working groups

Training & Consulting

Research

Buying Group & Shared Services

To assist organisations:

Solve shared problems

Build capability

Improve productivity

Introduce new initiatives

So they can:

Achieve revenue goals

Optimize  impact

Reduce costs

Have a stronger voice

And sustainably deliver their purpose

The Centre provides:

Working groups

Training & Consulting

Research

Buying Group & Shared Services

To assist organisations:

Solve shared problems

Build capability

Improve productivity

Introduce new initiatives

So they can:

Achieve revenue goals

Optimize  impact

Reduce costs

Have a stronger voice

And sustainably deliver their purpose

Key Benefits

The benefits of being a member of the Centre for Social Purpose include:

  • Increase revenue through new ideas on revenue streams, marketing, entrepreneurship and partnerships
  • Reduce costs through a Buying Group volume discounts, resource sharing and productivity improvements
  • Increase impact through new ideas on delivery and partnerships
  • Retain key talent by providing a forum for professional development and networking
  • Improve staff engagement by implementing new initiatives

Frequently asked Questions

The Centre is not a peak body. It will not lobby government for change or focus on industry issues / technical skills as these are addressed through existing peak bodies.  Instead, the Centre will focus on supporting Operational Excellence through best practices, capability development and implementing new initiatives.

While not directly lobbying government for change, the Centre will provide a voice for organisations on matters that affect their purpose and sustainability. Our research will provide evidence-based opinions that can be used by others in lobbying for change.

A clear message from Sponsors at the Co-Creation Roundtable was the Centre should not use scarce resources to replicate services already provided by others.

The Centre will seek to focus on those areas where there are the greatest gaps and avoid areas already covered (such as fundraising capability development).   As the Centre will provide training and consulting services, we will ensure these are differentiated through a strong emphasis on industry co-creation and high relevance.

The reality is that organisations do compete for funds and quality staff. There are certain areas that organisations will not discuss at our forums, if they are seen as providing competitive advantage.

However, there are many areas that organisations can learn together through the Centre to improve organisational performance which are not confidential. We are all facing similar challenges – it makes sense to address these issues together.

Our Members

Our members include social purpose organisations from the aged care, disability, employment services, health and housing sectors.

How Can We Assist You

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“I work for an organisation which is a member of the Centre and need assistance”

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“I  work for a Not for Profit, or social purpose organisation, and am interested in how the Centre could assist me”

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“I work for a business  interested in supporting the sector”

“I work for an organisation which is a member of the Centre and need assistance”

“I  work for an Not for Profit  and am interested in how the Centre could assist me”

“I work for a business  interested in supporting the sector”

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