2016 Blog Posts

The Hive

Collective Impact: Insights from The Hive Mt Druitt

posted by Leigh Stewart, 01 Dec 2016

In August 2014 United Way Australia’s David Lilley began scoping a Collective Impact initiative in Mt Druitt, Western Sydney. Within the Mt Druitt postcode (2770), around one in three children still start school ‘developmentally vulnerable’, despite decades of investment and hundreds of services operating within the region. The Hive is the resulting Collective Impact initiative, …read more


The 4 P’s driving innovation in employee engagement

posted by Leigh Stewart, 16 Nov 2016

Passionate, Personal, Purposeful Partnerships With disengaged staff costing Australian businesses $33 billion annually, the case for businesses to invest in dedicated employee engagement programs is clear.   Last week in Sydney, United Way Australia brought together industry leaders to share their thoughts on how to better support employee engagement for the good of the company, …read more


Philanthropy is Not Future Ready, But These 4 Steps will Help Turn the Corner

posted by Janita Suter, 27 Sep 2016

Despite decades of investment, good will and effort by Australia’s philanthropic sector, it surprised few attendees of the Philanthropy Australia conference last week that philanthropy is not future ready. To really move beyond ‘tinkering around the edges’ of complex social issues in Australia, the sector must embrace the reality that we – philanthropy, communities, business, government …read more


Second School Ball raises over $260,000 to improve early childhood outcomes in Australia

posted by Janita Suter, 13 Sep 2016

Oh, what a night! Thanks to the 450 (incredibly stylish and generous) supporters who gathered at the majestic Sydney Town Hall on 10 September, we’re thrilled to report that United Way’s second School Ball was a resounding success! Featuring fabulous entertainment care of MC Russel Howcroft and wonderful performances by Antigone Foster, Reigan Derry and La …read more


Business-community partnerships: re-thinking volunteering to deliver impact

posted by Janita Suter, 06 May 2016

More than ever, social purpose organisations are trying to achieve greater impact with less resources. It seems our sector’s need for volunteers to help deliver on our varied missions is set to increase, yet according to some reports volunteering rates in Australia have begun to decline (ABS 2014). The momentum towards increased business-community partnerships brings …read more


Charles Leadbeater (Guest Blog): Reflections on innovation in early learning

posted by Janita Suter, 17 Mar 2016

Thanks for the opportunity to speak at events hosted by United Way Australia around innovation in early learning. It was interesting to be speaking the same week as the Australian Government released its latest Australian Early Development Census results, which indicated little improvement in the headline statistic over the last six years – 22% of …read more


Ending ‘developmental vulnerability’ for children is everyone’s business, but how do we build effective collaboration to tackle this?

posted by Janita Suter, 10 Mar 2016

Last week the government released its latest Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) results, a mixed bag underneath the same headline statistic as the previous census 3 years ago – 22% of Australian children still start school ‘developmentally vulnerable’.  While there were very slight improvements in language and cognitive skills, and communication skills and general knowledge, …read more


From Struggle Street to Shining Light – does Mt Druitt have the answers?

posted by Janita Suter, 27 Jan 2016

For those who watched SBS’ controversial documentary series ‘Struggle Street’ last year, it would come as little surprise that one in three Mt Druitt children will start school this week ‘developmentally vulnerable’. Or that these same families experience twice the national unemployment rates, and are up to four times more likely to experience domestic violence …read more

Liz Dibbs

New Board Chair for United Way Australia

posted by Janita Suter, 27 Jan 2016

United Way Australia is delighted to announce the appointment of its new Chairperson, Liz Dibbs. Liz’s appointment follows two years of succession planning, with Brian Long retiring from the position of Chair in December, after a decade of board service. Liz brings a unique depth of experience to the role.  After a lengthy commercial and corporate …read more


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