2015 Blog Posts

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‘Merge or shut down’: moving beyond debate towards real social change in Australia

posted by Janita Suter, 13 Nov 2015

This week’s call for charities to merge or shut down by David Crosbie, CEO of the Community Council for Australia, has come at a tipping point for our sector. The communities we serve, the staff on our programs, fundraising teams and CEOs know it is time to move beyond debate.   This need to change …read more


United Way School Ball – thank you!

posted by Kathryn Richards, 21 Sep 2015

Thank you to all who attended, sponsored, donated auction items and otherwise supported United Way Australia’s inaugural School Ball at Sydney’s Town Hall on Saturday 19th of September. The black-tie event raised approximately $400,000 (inc pro bono support) to lift the literacy skills of children in disadvantaged Australian communities. “Our annual charity event was an opportunity …read more


Children’s Book Week: Can we be ‘UNITED THROUGH BOOKS’?

posted by Janita Suter, 20 Aug 2015

While Children’s Book Week began back in 1945 after WWII, with the idea that we could be ‘United Through Books’, seventy years on and with the advent of new digital channels, it remains a challenge to ensure quality books are available in every Australian home. As Australia marks the 70th anniversary of Children’s Book Week …read more


Increasing Financial Literacy for young people in disadvantaged Australian communities: New Program Announced

posted by Janita Suter, 08 Jul 2015

Youth unemployment in Australia is at its highest in a decade, with almost one in four young people in low socioeconomic status (SES) communities not fully engaged in work or study. It is particularly crucial for these young Australians – some of who have grown up in a household where neither parent is able to …read more

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Navigating End of financial year philanthropy dilemmas: a ‘how to’ guide

posted by Janita Suter, 09 Jun 2015

There are 54,367 charities currently registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (fear not if you don’t like any of the current ones though as there are 6-7 new charities registering each day). Each and every organisation is dependent upon donors like us to survive.  So how on earth do we choose which ones …read more


Same, same, but (very) different: reflections of a long time corporate executive on shifting to the not-for-profit sector

posted by Janita Suter, 25 May 2015

Have you ever considered moving from the corporate world to the not-for-profit (NFP) sector? Does an executive role creating positive social impact appeal? For me, such a move came out of the blue. Although I had been a member of United Way Australia’s Sydney Council for five years and had performed pro bono work for …read more


Those who Give Happy, Live Happy: National Volunteer Week

posted by Janita Suter, 12 May 2015

Volunteers are United Way Australia‘s ’extended family’, helping drive our work to halve the percentage of children starting school unprepared and halve youth unemployment. Fortunately they tell us that volunteering makes them happy too. And this is just the beginning. Businesses providing staff to volunteer with us tell us it increases their staff engagement and …read more


Why developing literacy in the early years is critical for educational engagement, academic success and maximising post-school options

posted by Janita Suter, 17 Apr 2015

During this national week of celebration of Australia’s young people, I thought it appropriate to reflect on the impact of the early years on ensuring all young people are indeed able to celebrate. It cannot be stressed highly enough how important the first five to six years of a child’s life are on their future …read more


Looking for a teacher to shine…

posted by United Way, 10 Mar 2015

United Way Australia is looking for a go-getter secondary school mathematics teacher to get involved in an innovative project. Young people in low socio-economic communities face significant financial issues. Based on their input United Way Australia and ING DIRECT have specifically developed online content that allows students (in the classroom) to explore issues relating to …read more

Reading Tips Booklet

Reading Tips Booklet

posted by United Way, 02 Mar 2015

In Australia today, almost 1 in 4 children start school without the skills they need to learn. Sadly, most of these kids will never catch up. The good news is that reading daily to a child from an early age dramatically improves their literacy skills, and their chances to succeed both in school and later …read more


How Macquarie Telecom raised payroll giving to 10 times the national average

posted by United Way, 21 Jan 2015

How Macquarie Telecom raised payroll giving to 10 times the national average Macquarie Telecom is one of United Way Australia’s longest supporters. In 2015, we celebrate the 20th year of our partnership – a wonderful achievement in a time when charitable partnerships often only last a year or two. Over the past 20 years, we have …read more


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