Call for business, not for profits and government to work together

Collaboration between business, the not‐for‐profit sector and government is essential for the non government sector to achieve significant impact and attract long‐term funding.

That was the message given to more than 55 people, including representatives from 35 organisations around Central Australia, who attended a workshop in Alice Springs yesterday.

Attendees were addressed by Susan Black, Manager, Development at Social Ventures Australia and Alexandra Gartmann, CEO of the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal.

Both speakers urged the local community to work together.

According to Desert Knowledge Australia CEO John Huigen, the workshop Exploring Collective Impact and Funding Opportunities, was part of an on‐going Desert City project aiming at building collaboration and innovation and increased private sector investment in the not‐for‐profit sector.

The project was initiated by Desert Knowledge Australia working with the Ian Potter Foundation and the Menzies Foundation. A local Grant Seekers Network was then established in partnership with the Northern Territory Council of Social Service (NTCOSS).

Mr Huigen said response to the speakers at the Alice Springs workshop was very positive.

“The room was energised,” he said.

“Susan Black’s message to us was that it is essential to start small and be practical but with a long term goal to address the underlying challenges.”

“Alexandra Gartmann from FRRR highlighted the key criteria for grant makers – which include tackling the underlying issues through collaboration and innovation, avoiding duplication and working across sectors.”

Jonathan Pilbrow, Senior Policy Officer for NTCOSS, said the speakers brought a national and international perspective to the workshop.

“The NGO sector is committed to creating better solutions. New ways to collaborate and explore collective responses from a wide range of stakeholders on major social issues is to be welcomed.”

Mr Huigen said a number of collaborative working groups were formed at the workshop. These would be meeting next week to start working on their identified projects.

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