2012 Blog Posts

The importance of corporate volunteering in helping young people transition to work

posted by United Way, 12 Dec 2012

View our recent video of Hayley Tanti, Careers Advisor, Plumpton High School presenting to United Way’s Community Champions Network on the benefits young people find corporate volunteering brings as they begin to transition from school to work. Corporate Volunteering helping young people transition to employment


Recognising 10 years of Corporate Volunteering on International Volunteer Day

posted by United Way, 05 Dec 2012

Corporate supported volunteering is encouraging more people to volunteer for the first time and to do more to make a larger contribution to our local communities. In 2011, United Way’s partnership with 300 corporate organisations enabled over 3,400 volunteers to support 18,000 people in need. As part of International Volunteering Day – a United Nations …read more


An investment guaranteed to give a high return and lasting legacy

posted by United Way, 20 Nov 2012

On Universal Children’s Day (20 November 2012), Doug Taylor, CEO of United Way Australia was asked to discuss why reading to children under 5 years is one of the best investment opportunities on offer. To read the full blog please visit http://blog.ingdirect.com.au/2012/11/19/an-investment-guaranteed-to-give-a-high-return-and-lasting-legacy/ We have an instinctive belief that the children who succeed in life are the …read more


Inspiring Community Champions to ‘live a life outside ourselves’

posted by United Way, 14 Nov 2012

“I think we all have these deep desires to make an impact, to make a difference, to live a life outside ourselves, and what you guys do in breaking that down in terms of how we can make a difference is priceless, so thank you.” This year in Sydney we have been busy building and …read more


Social Impact: Sherpas, a big mountain and the right conditions

posted by United Way, 02 Oct 2012

In a recent conversation with Martin Stewart-Weeks, director of the Australian Social Innovation Exchange (ASIX), he reflected on what is necessary for serious social impact, that is, a system modification with long-term positive social change. We talked about a 3-way relationship between ‘sherpas’, the right conditions for innovation, and scale. A key driver to expanding …read more


How Many “O’s” In Woolloomooloo?

posted by United Way, 25 Sep 2012

Pictures and Community Conversations speaking more than 1,000 words Last week community members met up at the Artspace Gallery in Woolloomooloo to view an exhibition of photos taken by local residents and to share a conversation on the area’s rich history and diversity. The photo project, also known as Show Us Your Woolloomooloo, aimed to …read more


Early years literacy linked to High School completion

posted by United Way, 18 Sep 2012

There is a significant research base indicating early years literacy is linked to high school completion, better life opportunities and better health. Between the 12th-14th September, 90 delegates attended the 3rd Annual Early Years Literacy conference hosted by Paint the Town REaD in Canberra. Paint the Town REaD (PTTR) is an early literacy community scheme …read more


There is a lot more to books than you would think!

posted by United Way, 28 Aug 2012

If you weighed all the books in your library, would they be heavier than an elephant? If you stacked them all in a pile, would they be higher than the school roof? Finding out the answers to these questions are just some of the fun activities children around Australia will be participating in as part …read more

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Going for individual glory or team gold

posted by United Way, 22 Aug 2012

Australia has the local resources and leadership in many communities to do the work of building the common good, but do we have the blueprint to create lasting change and the resolve to be accountable for our progress?  Read Doug Taylor’s piece here on Pro Bono Australia.


Corporate volunteers looking to give back

posted by United Way, 31 Jul 2012

We’ve just analysed our survey results for the first six months and ‘giving back to the community’ remains the number one reason that corporate volunteers nominate for volunteering (36% of volunteers). This is closely followed by ‘volunteering as a team’ (29%), and ‘being supported by my company (17%). It’s not just the community that benefits …read more

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Charting a course for change – advancing education, income and health through collective impact

posted by United Way, 18 Jul 2012

The challenges facing communities today seem almost overwhelming – and are too big for any single organisation to solve; too big even for the non-profit sector to solve without engaging private enterprise and government as partners. There is no single “silver bullet”; instead, a strong cross-sector infrastructure is needed to support collaboration, guide evidence-based decision-making, …read more

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Celebrating 125 years of United Way

posted by United Way, 21 Jun 2012

On this day in 1887, a Denver woman, a priest, a rabbi and a minister came together to improve their community.  Today those actions have grown into United Way – the world’s largest privately-supported not for profit. United Way Australia is proud to be one of nearly 1,800 United Ways in 41 countries and territories …read more

Goodna Flood artwork launch

Good on you Goodna!

posted by United Way, 21 Jun 2012

The final opportunity to view the flood art work of Goodna State School is in the Collector’s Cafe area of the Queensland Museum for the next 3 weeks. The artworks were made in the first few weeks of school in 2011, by children at the Goodna State School. Fuji Xerox Australia and United Way Australia organised …read more


Voices for the Common Good – The World Speaks out on Opportunity

posted by United Way, 19 Jun 2012

Voices for the Common Good – The World Speaks out on Opportunity is based on more than 120 community conversations in a dozen countries.  In these conversations, everyday people from all walks of life talked about their aspirations for their communities, the challenges they see in creating opportunity, and what it will take to make real progress …read more

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Partners for impact

posted by United Way, 19 Jun 2012

As a prelude to National Volunteering Week, United Way Australia, with the support of AMP Foundation, successfully launched our Partners for Impact Program on Wednesday May 9th. Partners for Impact is a year-long peer development program. We’ve paired up corporate and community leaders, who work on initiatives to develop the capacity of the community organisations …read more

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Homelessness coalition wins Leading Innovation Award

posted by United Way, 12 Jun 2012

We are pleased to give you an update on an award our Homelessness Coalition has secured through the efforts of our colleagues… Platform 70  (the $2.8m grant made by the State Government to house 70 Rough Sleepers in Woolloomooloo) won the Leading Innovation Award at the Australasian Housing Institute’s Professional Excellence in Housing Awards last Thursday …read more


Voices for the Common Good: The World Speaks Out on Opportunity

posted by United Way, 07 Jun 2012

We are very excited to release “Voices for the Common Good: The World Speaks out on Opportunity”. This report is based on more than 120 community conversations in a dozen countries.  In these conversations, everyday people from all walks of life talked about their aspirations for their communities, the challenges they see in creating opportunity, …read more

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Reflecting on a Mentor, Leader and Social Innovator

posted by United Way, 04 Jun 2012

Doug Taylor reflects on Steve Lawrence’s impact as a mentor, leader and social innovator The first time I encountered Steve was at the Social Entrepreneurs Conference in 2000. He stood out as someone who spoke passionately about the urgency for finding new ways to improve people’s lives. The last time I spoke to Steve was …read more


The Business and Social Case for Corporate Volunteering

posted by United Way, 18 May 2012

Much has been written about the business case and the social case for corporate volunteering. Typically, these cases have been defined using the survey results of CSR managers and NGO leaders. Rarely, had the perspectives of corporate volunteers been explored. The experience for the corporate volunteers is key for United Way in starting a volunteering …read more


Rock stars in Nashville

posted by United Way, 15 May 2012

It’s hard to think of an Academic as a rock star, but that’s how Mark Kramer, Co-Founder and Managing Director of FSG, was received at the Global Conference for United Way Worldwide in Nashville last month. Perhaps it was because we were in the US Country Music capital (Dolly Parton made an appearance as well, …read more

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Searching for Solutions in Melbourne

posted by United Way, 09 May 2012

Our Community Impact work in Melbourne is focused on improving the lives of young people in the outer south-eastern region of the city.  This is a region where statistics show high levels of concentrated disadvantage and social exclusion that carries over through the generations. In a series of community conversations and a ‘Search for Solutions Seminar’ …read more

Collaboration for Social Innovation

Collaboration for Social Innovation at the Weave Arts Centre

posted by Geoff, 20 Apr 2012

On Wednesday 18 April we held our forum on ‘Collaboration for Social Innovation’ at the Weave Arts Centre as part of the Australian Social Innovation Exchange (ASIX) Social Changemaker’s Festival. It was a great event and the all the more memorable in torrential rain in a facility with a tin roof! We had fantastic input …read more

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It’s all about doing your best

posted by United Way, 05 Apr 2012

Do Your Best Awards “It is not about being the best, it’s about doing your best.” These are the words that Reg Corney, Acting Principal, at Claymore Public School, said to infants and primary students at their Term 1 Celebration Assembly, as he wheeled out five bikes to award to those students that teachers had agreed …read more


Reflecting on 3 years since the Victorian Bushfires – Jo Ensor

posted by Geoff, 13 Mar 2012

Three years ago Victoria experienced one of the worst natural disasters in its history – Black Saturday. This disaster impacted significantly on individuals, family and community members in many and varying ways. At the time of this third anniversary of the disaster, people are in very different places when reflecting on the events that took …read more


Bill Gates and Tony Blair – what do you have in common with them?

posted by United Way, 19 Feb 2012

On February 22, United Way Australia, in conjunction with United Way Worldwide, will participate in a revolutionary eight-day global giving campaign spanning more than 60 countries around the world. “Everyone Gives” expects to be the most extensive and inclusive global giving event ever attempted, benefiting more than 200 non-profits around the globe. What do you …read more


Reflecting on the Queensland Floods, One Year on.

posted by Geoff, 09 Jan 2012

Normally I would say that it only seems like yesterday that it was January 2011, however this time around January 2011 seems like a long time ago. If I were sitting where I am now, this time last year, then I would literally be over my head in brown water and so would thousands of …read more


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