General Philanthropy

Corporate volunteering - more than wrapping presents at Christmas

Ruth Lee / 25 June 2019

Wrapping presents at Christmas can be a worthwhile thing to do, but corporate volunteering can offer so much more. The real gold is unearthed through genuine partnerships, where both the corporate and the community organisation are comfortable asking for help, committing to practical solutions, exchanging honest feedback and exploring the possibilities. Our greatest successes have come about when the words “what if we” were part of the conversation…

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General education

Calling Australian businesses to arms when it comes to education

David Crosbie / 23 April 2019

Each year, 86,000 kids don’t finish school, and many more are underperforming, which is substantially reducing their chances of a bright future. If we’re going to encourage our next generation to get a decent education and to dream big, we all need to start playing our part – and that includes businesses.

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General education

Old school, new school

Professor John Fischetti / 18 December 2018

A new education paradigm is emerging, where schools will no longer be places where young people go to watch teachers work. Instead, they will become learning centres, with student engagement at the forefront and personalised learning focussed on the needs of the learner.

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General education

Drawing young people into the world of work, virtually

Jacqueline Brewer / 14 January 2019

Young people need more open, authentic conversations with adults about the world of work, especially those lacking positive, employed role models, to provide them with the kind of support many of us enjoyed when we were starting out. We’re virtually connecting Origin volunteers with children in some of Australia’s most remote communities to do just that.

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General education

Big Picture making it big time

Chris Bonnor AM / 20 November 2018

In a time when so many people talk about school reform, Big Picture has dared to be different. Working from the bottom-up, they have established the design in a number of schools and influenced the debate about authentic school innovation. With the help of philanthropy this small not-for-profit organisation is helping schools meet a very big challenge.

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General education

Today's students need facilitators, mentors, curators and advocates, not teachers

Hannah Lewis / 15 August 2018

40 years into my career, a program called The Paradigm Shifters gave my students 21st Century skills and was transformational for me. As I approach retirement, I realise I am no longer a teacher, but instead a facilitator, mentor, curator and advocate. And what matters most is not the detail and requirement for us to meet benchmarks, but relationships and authentic opportunities for student involvement in decision making about their own learning.

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Building a stronger community sector

Why aren't more Australian NFPs embracing co-location?

Dr Karen Hart / 12 September 2018

The community sector is continually grappling with how to build its capacity. At times it seems difficult, competitive and even intractable. Co-located centres present a compelling solution, driving effectiveness and efficiencies through streamlining, reducing red-tape, and resource-sharing. So why aren’t more Australian NFPs embracing it?

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