MEDIA RELEASE: Community Business Grants focus on risk opportunities for struggling not for profits

With a recent national survey showing that the pandemic continues to profoundly impact the sustainability of not for profit organisations across Australia, a new grant opportunity could be the much-needed lifeline for many that are struggling to identify and address the risks they face during the current period of uncertainty and beyond.

The Community Business Bureau (CBB) has fast-tracked the next round of its Community Business Grants program, which offers risk-focussed grants in the form of pro bono consulting support and expert advice from CBB’s sector-leading business consultants.

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MEDIA RELEASE: Four SA charities to turn disability sector dreams into reality thanks to CBB mentoring opportunity

Four South Australian charities wanting to enter the booming disability sector or expand their existing services offered to people with disability are among eight organisations across the nation set to receive a competitive industry edge.

As part of its Federally funded interactive learning program, NDIS Success, the Community Business Bureau (CBB) has announced that the successful South Australian grant recipients are Aboriginal Family Support Services (AFSS), Baptist Care SA, Clubhouse SA Inc Diamond House and Anangu Ngangkari Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation (ANTAC).

CBB General Manager, Consulting and Business Services, Jane Arnott, said: “This direct business consulting opportunity helps these organisations take what they’ve learned through our webinar series and apply that knowledge to some very exciting projects and plans they have in the pipeline.” Continue reading…


MEDIA RELEASE: Two Victorian based disability operators set to turn vision into reality thanks to CBB mentoring opportunity

A Victorian-based disability sector operator wanting to help people with disability explore some of the nation’s most remote locations and another keen to establish accommodation for younger people with early onset dementia are among eight organisations across the nation set to receive a competitive industry edge.

As part of its Federally funded interactive learning program, NDIS Success, the Community Business Bureau (CBB) has announced that Austour and Orana Care and Consulting are among the successful grant recipients to receive business development support. Continue reading…


MEDIA RELEASE: Cairns disability operator set to turn vision into reality thanks to CBB mentoring opportunity

A local disability sector operator wanting to bolster its support to people living in the Cairns area with a lived experience of mental illness is among eight organisations across the nation to receive up to six months of direct business support designed to give them a competitive industry edge.

As part of its Federally funded interactive learning program, NDIS Success, the Community Business Bureau (CBB) has announced that The Junction Clubhouse in Cairns is among the successful grant recipients. Continue reading…


MEDIA RELEASE: Local ACT disability operator set to turn vision into reality thanks to CBB mentoring opportunity

A local disability sector operator wanting to help people realise its vision to assist more people with disability achieve independent living is among eight organisations across the nation to receive up to six months of direct business support designed to give them a competitive industry edge.

As part of its Federally funded interactive learning program, NDIS Success, the Community Business Bureau (CBB) has announced that ACT’s Project Independence is among the successful grant recipients. Continue reading…


MEDIA RELEASE: Exciting disability support ideas now a step closer to reality thanks to mentoring opportunity

Opportunities for people with disability to comfortably explore some of Australia’s most remote locations, greater support for Aboriginal and regional communities and creation of a national wellness hub are among exciting ideas now one step closer to reality thanks to the Community Business Bureau (CBB).

As part of its Federally funded interactive learning program, NDIS Success, CBB has announced the first round of successful applicants who will receive up to six months of direct business support from its market-leading consulting team.

CBB General Manager, Consulting and Business Services, Jane Arnott, said: “This direct business consulting opportunity helps these organisations take what they’ve learned through our webinar series and apply that knowledge to advance a number of very exciting projects and plans they have in the pipeline.” Continue reading…


The community impacts of COVID 19

We recently ran a grant program for community organisations, offering 20 places on a ‘Working Mind’ program to apply mindfulness and neuroscience practices to organisational leadership in a VUCA environment. We opened the program to organisations who had been particularly impacted by COVID 19.

Unsurprisingly, the program was oversubscribed. The applicant organisations were diverse – coming from every state and territory; metro, regional and remote; and covering all areas of the not for profit sector. It was hard to pick the 20 most deserving and suitable for the program, but the process gave us an insight into the way that COVID 19 is affecting communities, and the organisations that support them. Continue reading…


COVID-19 Impact on NDIS audits

Posted on 1 April 2020

In this time of uncertainty, many providers have been concerned about how COVID-19 will affect the rollout of planned NDIS audits.NDIS audits

The NDIS Commission has recognised that both providers and auditing bodies may experience significant disruption, which will impact on audit engagement activities.

The NDIS Commission recently issued advice recognising that the priority for infection management and continuity of support during the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to affect ‘the readiness and capacity of some providers to engage with any registration renewal audits, particularly on-site activities.’

The NDIS Commission has advised auditing bodies to: Continue reading…


Understanding market changes

Coronavirus, stock exchange losses, countries going in to lockdown, businesses being shut down, stock shortages in the shopping centres.managers having a conversation

We live in unprecedented times with the business models of decades’ old organisations quite literally changing overnight.

The radical changes we have seen over the past few weeks have demonstrated the speed at which market dynamics can change, and the need for businesses to respond quickly.

Boards and management teams are needing to respond with urgency to scenario plan and make decisions with imperfect information as the situation unfolds.

The markets that we operate in and the customers we serve are always changing. Whilst the speed of change is not necessarily what we have seen recently, now is a time not just to focus on the immediate crisis at hand, but to think about how to structure management and board meetings so that market changes form part of the regular and ongoing conversation. Continue reading…


Why not for profits need to plan the year ahead

 

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At this stage of the financial year, the thought of planning the financial year ahead has probably crossed your mind. If your organisation has a formal planning process that is in place for the start of every calendar year, you may have started planning already.

Before we go into planning mode, or agonise about the mere thought of doing any sort of planning, is planning ahead even useful? Is it just a waste of time?

Below are three reasons that planning is not a waste of time, but a valuable exercise.

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