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Australia’s first social impact practitioner hub opens for NFPs

Experts in the not-for-profit sector tune in every Wednesday for 18 weeks to answer the sectors most pressing questions

An Australian-first social impact specialist practitioner hub has launched in Melbourne, providing not-for-profits with the business knowledge to succeed.

Kicking off the hub initiative is an 18-week free knowledge-sharing program, dubbed #askXFACTOR LIVE, where social change leaders from the community and businesses can have their questions answered by specialists of the sector.

Julia Keady, founder of the program, The Xfactor Collective, said that 80-90 per cent of social change makers are small operators who often miss out on specialist support.

“As a Collective, we have worked with hundreds of organisations and businesses, where their board or management felt stuck on questions – be it about technology, events, data, legal, culture, CSR, governance, fundraising or media.

“There’s been nothing more frustrating than watching them not know the answers, or not know where to get them,” Keady said.

The #askXFACTOR LIVE program is the first of many initiatives for the independent consultant group and will feature a different subject expert going live online every Wednesday morning to answer questions. Keady will kick off the program on August 15 with the topic ‘My Philanthropy Ideas: Turning Them into Action’.

The Xfactor Collective currently features practitioners and providers across more than 100 areas of specialisation, spanning law, fundraising, data, governance and more. Experts in these fields, and more, will be available every week to answer questions.

Collective member and international philanthropy sector leader, Ruth Jones, said the new community is an exciting and important development for the sector.

“The whole sector stands to benefit, especially from initiatives such as the #askXFACTOR LIVE weekly program. This in itself is a great capacity building activity – providing change-makers and especially those in rural and remote areas – with much-needed support, guidance and connection,” Jones said.

Keady said the Collective is designed to break down out-dated silos and constructs, making it easier for all change-makers, including the many consultants and small business operators who have been overlooked as change-makers themselves.

“After 10 years of working with philanthropists, social enterprises, business owners and for-purpose organisations, as well as other consultancies, I realised that it’s time for a centre of excellence that unites, recognises and supports the incredible solo and small operators in Australia, and in doing so, we can collectively create new ways to support the sector that we care deeply about,” Keady said.

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