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How do we create a workplace where it feels safe to have a discussion about performance?

Leanne Hart,
27 October 2019

An honest discussion about performance expectations can be a positive and rewarding experience and an important part of personal and professional growth, writes The Xfactor Collective specialist member Leanne Hart.


How can we tell if we are making a difference?

Elaine Hendrick,
21 October 2019
The Xfactor Collective specialist member Elaine Hendrick shares some reflections to help strengthen outcomes measurement in your organisation.

At a time when competition for funding is at its greatest possible level, most social purpose sector organisations are struggling to gain their competitive edge. 


Brand Transformation Case Study - Flying high with brand revamp

Julia Keady,
02 October 2019

A brand transformation project by The Xfactor Collective specialists is giving this Victorian organisation a new lease on all fronts, especially fundraising and partnerships. When the then Macpherson Smith Rural Foundation (now Youthrive Victoria) undertook an extensive strategic review in 2017, the last thing on the group’s mind was a rebrand.


Your brand is kinetic energy for growth

Darren Taylor,
03 September 2019

The roller coaster of new markets. Many organisations fail because they focus on what they want to be and forget who they are. They assume markets perceive them in the golden light they see reflected in the mirror, when in fact they may be invisible.


What to do when a donor says no, when you thought it was a yes!

Teisha Archer,
12 August 2019

We have all been there!

Months of research and planning. Strategising down to the finest detail. Where the meeting will take place. Who will be there to ask. How much we will ask for and how it will be used.


What About Me? Making it personal to inspire philanthropy

Teisha Archer,
12 August 2019

Some years ago, I was chatting with a valued supporter of medical research. I asked her what her reasons for giving were, and I am sure you have heard similar stories. 

I don’t want others to suffer as my loved one suffered… 
I want others to have the opportunities I had… 
This cause is important to me… 


Top 3 ways to recognise and work with an engaged donor

Julia Keady,
12 August 2019

Before we move into specifics, let’s talk about why we want engaged donors.

After all, they are a lot more work, and everyone is pretty stretched for time as it is. We want them because once they are engaged, they are likely to be with you for the long haul.


Top 3 Things a Business Wants in a Charity Partnership

Linda Garnett and Sharon Dann.,
12 August 2019

What does a business really want from me? That’s the million-dollar question for most charities – right up there with ‘is there free food in the kitchen?’ and ‘who stole all the forks?’


Top 3 Ways that Arts can transform your Community Consultations

Julia Keady,
12 August 2019

Community consultations can get a bad rap. Too many surveys, too many public meetings, too much talking!  If you have ever wondered how to access the people who can’t (or don’t want to) fill out surveys, then the arts may hold the answer.


Top 3 Tips To Successfully Crowdfund Your New Social Venture

Laura Trotta,
12 August 2019

Growing a new social venture takes time, effort and money. And while you may have an endless supply of passion to grow your enterprise, it’s unlikely that you’ll have an endless supply of cash. In fact, it’s possible that at some stage you’ll need an injection of funds to get your venture off the ground.

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