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Is a merger right for my board? A guide for not-for-profit boards considering mergers and other forms of collaborations

Everyone is talking about mergers …but is a merger right for my not-for-profit board? If you have ever considered this question – your board is certainly not alone. Close to a third of Australia’s not-for-profit (NFP) Board Directors have discussed a merger as a potential form of collaboration at some point in the organisation’s history. […]

How can boards lead beyond the boardroom? The concept of board members as brand ambassadors

The landscape in the not-for-profit sector is changing and so, too, must the way we think about what leadership means in the twenty-first century. Boards now face a future that looks nothing like the past – the rapid growth of technology now means that now must consider different approaches for thinking about the role directors […]

How is aged care in Australia changing? Employment diversity in the aged care sector

  The concern for many aged care providers today is how to cater their services towards a growing aged care population, while ensuring that the workforce is able to support both present and future demand. As the number of people aged 85 and over is expected to be five times larger by 2051, this creates […]

Driving diversity: An inspirational guide to board participation and creating change

It’s no secret that recruiting talent with a variety of skills, experiences and backgrounds is essential to achieving business success. So why is it that boardrooms have struggled to keep up with these calls for change? Would you like to know more about the nature of diversity on some of Western Australia’s not-for-profit boards? The […]

Innovation: The leadership and governance role of NFP Boards

Innovation is more than just a buzzword; it is the key to improving leadership on non-for-profit (NFP) boards and securing a bright future for the aged care and community sectors. Despite the benefits that innovation can have on NFP organisations, it is unfortunately widely underutilised or misunderstood. As not all boards may be aware or […]

Creating an effective board culture: A best practice guide

Strong non-for-profit boards are vital to thriving communities, but remarkably hard to develop. When it comes to creating an effective board culture, many boards focus on the difficulties rather than the benefits, feeling their time and resources are best used elsewhere – but it doesn’t have to be that way. With the right approach, creating […]

An Innovation Tool Kit: To Assist Boards in Strategic Planning

Australian Non-For-Profit and community organisations now operate in a rapidly changing world, with innovation widely regarded as a valuable tool to create opportunities and overcome many of the challenges facing the sector. While many boards are increasingly involved in the mission to be more innovative, the pursuit can often lead to uncertainty, necessitating considered approaches […]

Beyond tokenism: What diverse boardrooms really look like

The business benefits of diversity on boards are generally well known. Collectively, diverse boards possess a broader understanding of their organisation and society at large, assisting in effective decision making and navigating an unpredictable world. Unfortunately, diversity is an ideal that is rarely realised holistically, and many of the business benefits of board diversity go […]

Digital food for thought: What’s your board’s appetite for social media?

Are you and your fellow board directors reading from the same menu when it comes to social media? Each board director and not-for-profit organisation is unique. So, too, are the reasons for using social media. A board’s approach to social media will depend on many factors, including client base; resourcing; existing communications strategy; and director […]

6 Business Benefits of Young Leaders on Boards

Improving diversity on boards isn’t just an empty slogan; it makes good business sense. If the business benefits of diversity on boards is widely known, why is it that the average age of Australian board members is 62.2 years old? As our rising population poses one of the greatest socio-economic concerns facing boards in the […]

Why Board Inductions Are Vital: An ELGP Project

Why Board Inductions are Vital: An Engaging Young Leaders in Governance Project Why are board inductions so vital? In modern boardroom environments, preparing new directors is essential to managing an effective board, however, how to best equip new board members for the unique challenges presented by board membership can often be unclear. The Australian Institute […]