Health Needs and Priorities in South Australia

When we think of what it means to be ‘healthy’ or what it means to focus on our ‘wellbeing’, as individuals these concepts are generally part of the same conversation.  But what happens when the system that is there to diagnose, treat and support us, sees them as two separate elements?   South Australia has an ageing population, with just under a quarter of our entire population living in rural or remote locations.  We know what factors will lead adults and children to have a greater prevalence of certain diseases….

Capacity building versus capability building

For a number of years now the notion of capacity building has been a topic of conversation in philanthropic circles. It features at discussion groups, networking events and conferences. How can philanthropy build the capacity of the non-profit sector? How can we encourage people to consider granting funds for core costs rather than just projects? These have been important conversations and on the one hand, a way of shining a spotlight on the role that philanthropy can play in the non-profit sector’s growth and sustainability. On the other hand, these…

Retiring trends

I was recently sent a link to a non-profit blog that I read with interest – ‘9 annoying non-profit trends that need to die’.  It was an easy read, in a writing style that lends itself to getting the odd giggle or smirk.  I finished the piece, for the most part agreeing with everything that had been written, and then wandered off to tackle the next item on my to-do list.  Luckily the next item on that list was making a cup of tea and so while I was standing…