A convincing pitch is a powerful tool to unlock opportunities, form key relationships with investors or volunteers, attract funding, and inspire new audiences. And, for charities and social enterprises in particular, a single pitch could really be “make or break”. So here we’ve distilled the five fundamentals to perfecting your pitch, because no matter what sector you’re working in, your future could depend on the quality of your spiel.

New giving concepts and donations platforms seem to be popping up left, right and centre. But let’s take a look at collective giving – you might be wondering what it is and how is it changing the way Australians are interacting with charities. Is it just another buzzword? A passing trend? Or is it here to stay?

Imagine being given 12 months and $100,000 to pursue your big idea for social change? While this may sound too good to be true, it is exactly what the Myer Foundation & Sidney Myer Fund is offering to exceptional leaders across all sectors (private, public and not-for-profit) and from all types of professional backgrounds.

For all their recent popularity, most pitch events feel a bit old-school. They are from a time pre-digital, where stories stayed in the room they were told in, and power is neatly divided between those that really matter (the judges) and the rest of us (the audience). They seek to engage our wallets, but ignore our other great asset today, our social networks and ability to share stories that inspire us. Pitch for Good changes that.

Ever wondered how to give your funding application the best chance of success? Of course you have! Shannon Carruth has worked across Government, Corporate and non-profit sectors for the last 20 years. Throughout her career she has both submitted and reviewed thousands of funding applications and been a part of many Selection Panels making decisions about where to allocate funding – most recently as part of the Selection Panel for Dreamstarter by ING Australia. Here are Shannon’s top three tips for what it takes to be successful in your funding application.

Whether you are in the planning stages of launching a social enterprise, are brainstorming whether your idea is plausible or you simply want your business to have a stronger social impact, there are countless tools available online. However, it can be difficult to determine which are the most effective. To help you on your journey, we have found the best free tools for your social enterprise you didn’t know you needed.

In the recent Finding Australia’s Social Enterprise Sector (FASES) 2016 report, social entrepreneurs face major external constraints in growing both their businesses and impacts. Regardless of the challenges that social entrepreneurs currently face, here are 4 reasons why it is an exciting time to be a social entrepreneur in Australia.

For many social entrepreneurs, establishing a successful business with a social or environmental purpose is the ultimate dream. But it is a grind with numerous trials and tribulations. Luckily, social entrepreneurs do not have to struggle in isolation. Here’s why all social entrepreneurs need a mentor and how to find one the right one.

The Western Union Foundation is dedicated to creating a better world, where the ability to realise dreams through economic opportunity is not just a privilege for the few but a right for all. Since its inception, the Western Union Foundation has paid more than $106 million in grants and other giving. We sat down with the new face of the Western Union Foundation Elizabeth Roscoe to talk philanthropy, social impact and leadership.

Over the past few years, hackathons have taken Australia by storm. Social good hackathons are now springing up, breathing new life into what has traditionally been a commercial concept. Such hackathons present a unique opportunity to expedite potential solutions to a diverse range of social issues – from empowering persons with disabilities to addressing women’s rights and the refugee crisis.

Did you know that every 6 seconds, a social good blog is launched somewhere in the world? We’ve done all the hard searching for you to bring you a definitive guide to the best-ever social entrepreneurship blogs. Sign up to a couple or all to get the most varied and complete picture of what’s happening in social entrepreneurship in Australia and around the world!

Australia has traditionally been a highly successful and prosperous nation. However, we have ridden on our luck for too long, especially in relying on our natural resources to get us through. In this uncertain, disrupted and highly complex environment being lucky isn’t enough. To compete globally we must not only nurture our entrepreneurs, we must include and empower the many diverse voices of our citizens, migrants and the refugees who are seeking a haven here.