A time and cost-effective way to develop new skills on-line


A time and cost-effective way to develop new skills on-line

by craig
Many managers need to develop new skills but don’t have the time or money to attend all day workshops.
The Centre’s on-line e-workshops provide an innovative way to develop new skills in a time and cost-effective way in three steps:

1. Gain knowledge through on-line modules

At your convenience, complete 3 * 1 hour self-paced on-line modules (using multiple 5-minute micro-sessions for easier viewing) to understand key concepts and skills.
These modules include slides, presentations, video interviews, tests to check understanding and activities to apply learning.

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2. Discuss application with peers (Zoom video conference)

8 participants attend 2 * 1-hour Zoom video conferences, facilitated by a Subject Matter Expert, to discuss how to apply key concepts.
Discussing application helps to embed new knowledge and skills, and provides opportunities to lear from peers.

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3. Embed through Learning-into-Action reflection 

Participants are prompted 1 month after the workshop to reflect on how they have applied key learnings to change the way they work.

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Key Benefits

  • Gain knowledge and skills at a time that suites you : On-line modules can be watched at any time
  • Engaging modules keep your attention : Modules use different teaching styles (videos, slides, short tests, application exercises) to keep the participant involved
  • Apply back at work : Each module finishes with direction on how to apply new skills at work
  • Learn from peers through a video conference : Zoom Conferencing is an easy way to share ideas with peers using a PC, Mac or tablet.
  • An emphasis on behaviour change : Development is only effective once participants change the way they work. Activities focus on application back at work.
  • Cost-effective with money-back guarantee

Upcoming Workshops

Winning government and foundation grants are critical to grow and diversify revenue streams.


However, the competition is significant.  The quality of your organisation’s grant proposal is becoming more important. Having deep expertise and experience in your cause is no longer sufficient to gain funding. It is now vital that your response clearly demonstrates how you will support the funder’s requirements.


The Centre’s e-workshop will provide you with the models and best practices to improve your grant writing capability that results in higher conversion rates through providing the following:


  • Gain Knowledge: Complete 3 * 1-hour self-paced on-line modules (using multiple 5-minute micro-sessions for easier viewing) which provide best practice models and interviews with leaders from the sector and funders.
  • Learning into Action. Engage in 2 * 1-hour Zoom video conferences  with a small group of 8 participants (and a subject matter expert) to discuss application.
  • Access an on-line forum for on-going discussion with participants.

Module 1 : Planning

Finding the Money :

  • Where to find grants
  • The role of MarComms in funder attraction

The Draft Contract :

  • Determine eligibility and funder priorities
  • Identify decision making criteria

Assessing the application :

  • Identifying what to include
  • Assess your strengths & weaknesses

Should you respond to a grant :

  • Developing and using a decision matrix

Assembling the grant team :

  • Identifying resources required for success
  • Overcoming internal resistance

Module 2 : Designing

Designing your program :

  • Developing your program logic
  • Leveraging through partnership

Developing implementation plans :

  • Identifying  program goals, outcomes and impacts
  • Designing your program delivery plan

Setting the budget :

  • Understanding what the funder pays 
  • Creatively sourcing additional funding support

Strengthening program benefits :

  • Using theory of change 
  • Social Return on Investment
  • Financial and Economic impact

Program evaluation :

  • Developing a program dashboard with success measures
  • Designing your evaluation report

Demonstrating capability :

  • Assembling the project team
  • Case studies and examples

Module 3 :  Applying

Developing your statement of need :

  • High level need statements vs Core need statements
  • Crafting the response

Responding to a template application :

  • Analysing the question
  • Developing key messages

Strengthening your written response :

  • Phrases that strengthen or weaken your response
  • Persuasive writing tips
  • Addressing common questions

Bringing it all together :

  • Characteristics of successful bids

Who Should Attend : Managers and specialists involved in grant writing.
Your Facilitator : Natalie Bramble

Natalie is a respected For Purpose sector Board member, facilitator and consultant with deep expertise in governance, entrepreneurship, business planning, program management and  marketing.


Natalie brings an impressive track record as a grant writer (securing $30mn funds with an 80% success rate) and assisting clients such as NSW Family & Community Services, Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation, Australian Red Cross, Relationships Australia, Salvation Army and Police Citizens Youth Club.

Sydney : Available from 3 September
Price : $ 330 (Members) $ 385 (Non-Members) : GST Inclusive
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Many For Purpose organisations have discussed a merger, acquisition or amalgamation. The benefits can be significant (greater financial stability, access to new markets, a stronger value proposition, efficiencies) as can be the challenges.


This on-line e-workshop is designed to provide Board members, executives and managers with a tool kit to plan and manage three key phases : Prepare, Negotiate and Integrate; underpinned by communication.


We assist participants:

  • Gain Knowledge : Complete 3 * 1-hour self-paced on-line modules (using multiple 5-minute micro-sessions for easier viewing) which provide best practice models and interviews with For Purpose leaders.
  • Learning into Action : Engage in 2 * 1-hour Zoom video conferences with a small group of 8 participants (and a subject matter expert) to discuss implementation.
  • Access an on-line Forum : for on-going discussion with participants

Module 1 : Prepare & Communicate

Introduction :

  • Why is this important
  • Challenges and potential pitfalls
  • Key success factors

Initial Assessment :

  • Identifying a specialist support
  • Identifying a potential partner

Preparation  :

  • Review your organisation & financials
  • Initial high-level business case
  • Initial contact with mergee

Module 2 : Negotiate & Communicate

Negotiation essentials:

  • Identify non-negotiables
  • Engage with key stakeholders
  • Legal positions and initial Memorandum of Understanding
  • Avoiding common pitfalls

Conducting due diligence :

  • Risk assessment
  • Operational & financial analysis

Communication plans :

  • Clear messaging for different stakeholder groups
  • Transparency and purpose

Module 3 :  Integrate & Communicate

Final Approval process :

  • Go/No-Go Board decision
  • Detailed Business Case

The Merger Agreement:

  • Key elements

Integration Planning :

  • Key resources & dependencies
  • Transition plans (board, staff, marketing)
  • Messaging
  • Marketing issues

Integrating :

  • The critical issue of culture
  • Redundancies & recruitment
  • Potential pitfalls

Who Should Participate:


Board members, executives and managers involved in the merger process.


Your Facilitator:


Jayne is a highly respected facilitator, coach and consultant in the areas of strategy development to deliver growth, commercial acumen, risk management, business development, mergers and organisational change.


Jayne brings deep experience from both the For Purpose sector (previous CEO and Chair at HeartKids) and commercial sector (Sales Director and Head of Finance at Vodafone).



Sydney : Available from 5 October  
Price : $ 330 (Members) $ 385 (Non-Members) : GST Inclusive
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Measuring social impact is critical for For-Purpose organizations. It is the reason we exist. We need to be able to show funders, customers, and staff that what we do makes a difference.

This e-workshop provides practical models to assist organisations plan, design and measure their social impact.
We provide the following :

  • Gain Knowledge. Complete 3 * 1-hour self-paced on-line modules (using multiple 5-minute micro-sessions for easier viewing) which provide best practices and interviews with For Purpose leaders and funder
  • Discuss application with your peers. We provide two options :
  • Attend a 1-day Workshop (10 a.m – 5 p.m) in either Sydney or Melbourne. This is the preferred option.
  • Be involved in a 3-hour Zoom video conference. This option is for those unable to attend either the Sydney or Melbourne workshop.
  • Access social impact tools and templates on the Centre’s Knowledge Hub.

Module 1 : Planning

Why is this important :

  • Funders requirements
  • Challenges of measuring impact

Toolkit introduction  :

  • Theory of Change
  • Program Logic Model
  • A Strategy Map
  • Examples

Implementation planning  :

  • Executive commitment
  • Selecting a methodology
  • Resources
  • Make the case for measurement
  • Avoiding potential pitfalls
  • Success checklist

Module 2 : Designing

Begin with the end in mind  :

  • Determine the Vision
  • Creating indicators : Who will be impacted

Mapping a causal pathway :

  • Backward mapping to identify intermediate outcomes
  • “If .. then ..” statements
  • Identify cause and effects
  • Identify what activities lead to which outcomes

Identify pre-conditions  :

  • Issues that impact program success
  • What needs to happen to achieve pre-conditions

Indicators  :

  • Lead and lag indicators
  • What to measure? How to measure?

Logic Model  :

  • Inputs, Activities, Outputs, Outcomes

Module 3 :  Measuring

What evidence can you provide  :

  • Statistical (before & after, correlation)
  • Randomised Control Trial
  • Case based aaproach

Data collection :

  • Baseline data
  • Primary and secondary data
  • Alternative methods (surveys, interviews, observation, records)
  • Ensuring quality

Analysing data  :

  • Statistical tools
  • Does the data support Theory of Change

Communicating the results  :

  • What to communicate
  • How to communicate

Implementation barriers  :

  • Staff skills
  • Attribution issues

Who Should Attend : Managers and specialists involved in program design and outcomes measurement.

Your Facilitators :
Marli White is a highly respected For Purpose leader and consultant in the areas of social impact measurement, continuous quality improvement, knowledge management and strategy. As the Executive Leader – Customer Excellence at breakthru, Marli led the focus on social impact and customer centricity. Marli is also the Chair of the SIMNA (Social Impact Measurement Network Australia) Steering Committee in Victoria.
Tracey Delaney  is a leading consultant and facilitator in the areas of outcome and impact measurement, program evaluation and social change.
Tracey draws upon an impressive career delivering training and consulting for For Purpose organisations such as PLAN International, Lifeline, Oxfam, Mission Australia and World Vision as well working for Australian Red Cross and Beyondblue.

Sydney : Available from 5 September
Price : $ 385 (Members) $ 440 (Non-Members) : GST Inclusive
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The phrase “Not For Profit” is no longer an adequate description for the sector. Organisations need to deliver a profit (or surplus) in order to continue to deliver their purpose. All managers need to be commercially aware, and consider the financial impact of their actions, to ensure their organization delivers their purpose within defined budget constraints.
This e-workshop is designed to equip managers with the foundation commercial acumen skills and mindset to achieve this objective.
The workshop is being delivered in two different formats:

  • A one-day In-Person Workshop in Sydney  OR
  • This On-line e-workshop (three 1-hour online modules supported by two 1-hour Zoom video conference calls)

Participants can select which format best meets their needs.

Module 1 : Commercial Mindset

The need for a Commercial Mindset :

  • Having both a purpose and commercial focus
  • Commercial acumen for the NFP sector

Mission, Goals, Management Objectives

  • Understanding the strategic drivers of your organisation
  • Balancing goals : mission vs money

Module 2 : Fundamental Concepts

Commercial Acumen concepts

  • Income and expenses
  • Assets and  liabilities
  • Cash flow and working capital

Module 3 :  Financial Management

Understanding costs

  • Fixed, variable, unit and breakeven costs
  • The impact of not charging appropriately

Managing a budget

  • Understanding budget report
  • Variance analysis and corrective actions

Bringing it together

  • Optimising resources

Personal Action Plan 

Who Should Attend : Middle and frontline managers who need to strengthen fundamental commercial acumen skills.

Your Facilitator : Craig Gowan

Craig is a leading facilitator, consultant and coach in the areas of strategic planning, commercial acumen, risk management, project management, leadership, building talent and performance management.
Craig’s expertise is reflected by his role as lecturer and facilitator for respected education institutions such as Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Australian Institute of Management, and Australian Human Resources Institute.
A few of Craig’s For Purpose clients include Baptist Community Services, Catholic Health, Calvary Health and The Disability Trust.

Sydney : Available from 5 September
Price : $ 330 (Members) $ 385 (Non-Members) : GST Inclusive
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