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2012-2013 Annual Report


Project Australia Annual Report 2012-2013

Helping people start, scale and sustain their Australian, not-forprofit community projects www.projectaustralia.org.au Office: 1/102 Bridge Road, Glebe, NSW 2037 Email: exec@projectaustralia.org.au Twitter: (http://twitter.com/ProjectAus) Facebook: http://facebook.com/projectaustralia

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CONTENTS Contents .................................................................................................................................... 2 Milestones 2012-2013 .............................................................................................................. 3 President’s Report .................................................................................................................... 4 Executive Director’s Report ..................................................................................................... 6 Treasurer’s Report ................................................................................................................... 9 Outreach ................................................................................................................................. 10 2012-2013 Consulting Projects .......................................................................................... 10 2012-2013 Consulting Projects (Cont.) .............................................................................. 11 2012-2013 Consulting Projects (Cont.) .............................................................................. 12 2012-2013 Consulting Projects (Cont.) .............................................................................. 13 Consultancy Feedback........................................................................................................ 14 2011 - 2012 Presentations/Workshops .............................................................................. 16 Financials ............................................................................................................................... 16 Financials (Cont.) ................................................................................................................... 18 Our Team ................................................................................................................................ 18 Other Volunteers from the Year ........................................................................................ 19 Our Committee ....................................................................................................................... 20 Key supporters .................................................................................................................... 21 Donors ................................................................................................................................. 21

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MILESTONES 2012-2013

3rd Jan:

PA passes 4000 Twitter followers

19th Feb:

PA registered on ACNC website

3rd June:

PA conducts 150th free consultancy

6th June:

PA passes 4500 Twitter followers

3rd July

PA launches crowdfunding campaign

“Project Australia provided valuable insights that helped us to focus on our goals” Hugo O’Connor, Founder, Joostice

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PRESIDENT’S REPORT The last AGM of Project Australia was held on Friday 28 September 2012 at which time I was elected to be the President of Project Australia. Since then this small and dynamic organisation, led most excellently and enthusiastically by the indefatigable Donnie Maclurcan, has had to come to grips with the impending loss of our Founder and Ideas Guy as he prepares for a new life in the United States of America. This has been a time of intense discussions and planning for the transition from a largely one-person operation to something more collective. Donnie has provided not only leadership but also the bulk of the consulting work. He has maintained the websites and connections with other organisations, has written a large part of the Project Australia Book (which is a work in progress), and provided consultations to a tremendously wide variety of Not-For-Profit organisations. For this we thank him and stand somewhat in awe of his extraordinary ability to present guidance right across the wide range of issues facing any Not-For-Profit enterprise. Project Australia has received nothing but praise for his work. As ever our financial resources have been slender. We are greatly indebted to Sincerutty for their continued support which has been essential ($5,500). Funds have been raised also via consultancies and workshop presentations and individual donations. Most of our outgoings have been in the form of fees for Consultancy Work. We finish the Financial Year with cash in hand and without debt : Funds stand at $1,691.01 in the Fundraising Account and $207.58 in the General Account with an outstanding payment for Consultancy Work of $1,035.00. I am happy to report that Project Australia remains a solvent and viable concern as is shown in the Financial Report section of the Annual Report. Since the last AGM Project Australia has been well served by a small but enthusiastic Board which has met on a number of occasions mostly as a Working Group to discuss nature of the organisation after the Executive Director (Donnie Maclurcan) has departed. I thank Andrea, AJ, Francis, Jessie, Hannah and Ann (our book-keeper) for their support and hard work. Project Australia would not exist without them.

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Finally I wish to thank Donnie Maclurcan for founding Project Australia and being the energy behind it all. On behalf of the present Board, members, supporters and many organisations who have been the beneficiary of his wisdom, compassion and care, and all past Presidents and Board members, I offer our deepest thanks and continuing awe at what he has achieved and continues to strive for. Would that the world had more of him. We wish him all joy, love and luck, crowned with happiness and success in his future life in the USA. Meanwhile we that are left behind will continue to try to live up to this legacy. On a final note of administrative matters, following advice from the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) the Board agreed to change the Financial and Operating Year for Project Australia to end 30 June each year and bring us into line with most other reporting bodies in Australia.

Stephen Couling President

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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT It has been a rewarding year for Project Australia. Working with 54 clients from around the country, it became clear to me that our knowledge and expertise really can make a big difference for those who just don’t know which next steps to take with their community project or organisation. Developing as a successful not-for-profit in Australia remains a lot harder than it should be. We continue to make it easier. With the lived experience of stumbling through incorporation and it taking many years before we knew how to run a successful not-for-profit enterprise, in 2012-2013 we’ve been able to provide even better service to more clients than ever before. In working with Sydney-based organisation The Big Feed, we passed our 150th client, with the demand for our assistance having become so great that, at times, we have failed to respond to requests in a timely fashion. On the back of our pro-bono services, our paid consultancy continued to expand, including repeat and ongoing work for Singleton Family Services, United Mothers and the Harbor Foundation. We also began basic training for potential additional consultants, with mixed success. The number of paid workshops we ran in the past year has remained steady. In terms of other revenue streams, we forewent our annual trivia night, instead focussing on what, at the time of my writing, looks likely to be a successful crowdfunding campaign to fund the development of a handbook documenting the kind of information we share through our consultancies. Filled with practical advice, resources and links, Not for Profit 2.0 will be the first book to outline, step-by-step, everything social innovators need to know in order to successfully start, scale and sustain an Australian notfor-profit project or organisation in today’s digital world. On the web front, we’ve received particularly positive feedback for the Start Good Stuff website, whilst we’ve struggled to update and maintain our other sites due to a lack of programming personnel. Our social media presence remains strongest on Twitter, where we increased our following to 4614 (up 25 per cent from last year). Our Facebook presence is less strong, but approaching 500 ‘likes’, and our

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‘news’ subscribers are at 65 (up 50 per cent from last year, although we are still without a regular news service). Due largely to constraints on our time, Project Australia’s broader exposure through the formal media has been limited. A well-received interview about starting a not-for-profit on Melbourne radio 3RRR’s “The Grapevine” earlier this year is indicative of the opportunities that await, should this be an area the organisation chooses to pursue. Administratively, we are now registered on the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission website, have shifted our End of Financial Year to July 30th - to align with the more common approach taken by the Australian not-for-profit sector - and foregone an extraordinary audit, this year. We have strengthened two significant partnerships over the past 12 months: with Vibewire, through shared workshops; and with the Sinceruty Group, as financial supporters of our work. My sincere thanks to Omar Samad and Gavin Heaton from Vibewire, and Dezi Terzopolous and Michael Harmer from the Sinceruty Group for their support of these partnerships. We are now also listed as a partner with the crowdfunding site Start Some Good, given we act as a referral service to their website. To accompany fun working days in places as remote as Dangar Island, I have again been blessed with the support of a small but dedicated committee and group of volunteers – my thanks to everyone who has been involved over the past 12 months. Particular thanks to our newest committee member, Francis Le who has jumped straight in to assisting with our operations, and to Hannah de Milta, who has recently stepped down after a productive year on the committee. I’d also like to share the parting words from one of our longer-standing volunteers, Laurie: “Thank you for involving me in Project Australia. I've learnt a lot in my time with PA which has, and will continue to help me in my professional work life and other volunteer work with which I engage in the future.” The coming year will be one of significant transition for the organisation. After seven years at the helm, I am stepping down from the Executive Director’s role to pursue work in other parts of the not-for-profit sector. The organisation will, for at least the present, shift to a committee-run enterprise. I will continue to contract to the organisation in order to finish the handbook, which will hopefully serve the dual purpose of providing a manual for future consultants as well as a valuable legacy for aspiring social innovators, Australia-wide. The committee will most likely direct their attention to marketing this handbook in the coming year, and I will 7


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seek to refine the Tools4Good website to provide a complementary suite of tools for the handbook. The future of the speakers’ bureau is undecided, with talks continuing with groups such as Vibewire who have expressed interest in taking over the development of this service. From our very first national night of discussion in 2006, to becoming an organisation Australian’s turn to when they want trusted help to start, scale and sustain their community projects, I’m proud of what we’ve all achieved and I have every faith that the Project Australia story has many chapters left to be written, its future held in highly capable hands. Donnie Maclurcan Executive Director

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TREASURER’S REPORT Following advice from the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) the Board agreed to change the Financial and Operating Year for Project Australia to end 30 June each year and bring us into line with most other reporting bodies in Australia. With this short report are therefore two sets of accounts - the Balance Sheet and Profit and Loss Statement for the former financial year ending 28 February 2013 and the Balance Sheet and Profit and Loss Statement for the quarter 1 March 2013 to 30 June 2013, the end of the new Financial Year for Project Australia. Throughout the extended reporting period, Project Australia held sufficient funds to covers all liabilities and continues to do so. Whilst income is always limited, the organisation continues to do excellent work with slender resources. At the end of the reporting period, Project Australia had a total equity of $1,898.59. This is satisfactory result. Project Australia remains ever grateful for the fundraising work of its members and particular its Executive Director, and wishes to acknowledge in particular the donations of individuals and the Sinceruty group. Stephen Couling Acting Treasurer

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OUTREACH 2012-2013 Consulting Projects A Volunteer-run community soup kitchen An organisation building web-apps to support more in-depth understandings of the relationships between people cited in media articles A proposed program for matching and redistributing unwanted products from corporate Australia to Aussie not-for-profits A social enterprise building greater awareness around animal rights and educational opportunities for animal owners A proposed 'life-skills' training program operating on some form of community land trust A trendy cafÊ in Sydney’s CBD seeking to shift to being a not-for-profit A planned organisation in Newcastle to build cross-cultural capacity through an annual festival. A newly established centre that seeks to cultivate an Australian dream that emphasizes community, ecological sustainability, and a celebration of non-material values. An organisation assisting families in the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child Proposed fee-for-service programs around art therapy/counselling for at risk families A project seeking to create a united movement of Australian Mothers who have the power to lobby and achieve the change they collectively desire A proposed community cafÊ for the Cameron Park Community A program of courses, retreats and writings for spiritual enlightenment

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2012-2013 Consulting Projects (Cont.) An online podcasting service that profiles the back stories of social entrepreneurs, founders of NFP’s and individuals making the shift from the world we have, to the world we want. An organisation that translates online documents from Chinese to English and simultaneously trains people in participatory translation skills A proposed national service that will skill-up younger people to be able to document the stories of older people in their communities A program that provides carbon offsetting by supporting sustainabilitylearning experiences for younger people A proposed offers-and-needs sharing service for the St Kilda community An organisation providing support for park rangers, including those from indigenous communities in Australia A proposed website for mapping cases of domestic violence and abuse against women in Australia, in real-time A not-for-profit cafe in Bondi Junction using creativity to support humanitarian causes A group facilitating cultural capacity building, agribusiness, repatriation and reconciliation on land surrounding Queensland’s Mary River A proposed platform to connect offers and needs between Aussie musicians and the broader public A program promoting rural students' mental health in the Macedon Ranges A campaign to expand the number of beds for people in need in the Lake Cargelligo community A Canberra-based ultimate frisbee club seeking to incorporate and support community projects

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2012-2013 Consulting Projects (Cont.) An organisation supporting and promoting the active participation of young people in enterprise, in an ethical and sustainable manner. A workshop program exploring trauma and human potential A wiki platform dedicated to sustainability and appropriate technology A project to install 1000 community owned solar panels on top of the South Melbourne market A group of local citizens of all ages campaigning for a safe climate future A group aiming to broaden understanding of the debt crisis and peak resources, and encourage action for the sake of personal preparedness, happiness and ethical living. A planned not-for-profit business providing digital editing and writing opportunities for stay-at-home mums, the elderly and people with disability A social enterprise to support thrivable actions and systems design a group for people interested in co-creating a new maker lab / hacker space / social enterprise incubator in the old Cotton Mills in Footscray An event where community groups in Adelaide can cocreate the visions they're passionate about An educational group seeking to introduce emergence and systems thinking into society more broadly A membership association which serves pensioners of all ages, superannuants and low-income retirees. A proposed, employee-run organisation, providing quality training and care to facilitate the independent living goals of older Australians A project developing sustainable and affordable housing in the Byron Bay Shire

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2012-2013 Consulting Projects (Cont.) A catering service run by newly arrived migrants in Victoria's Frankston region A community bookstore providing educational opportunities for locals young and old A smartphone app that enables users to give to a wide range of Australian charities A new research centre with an innovative approach for environmental policy and management that combines consideration of animal welfare and conservation to improve conservation outcomes. A project to create economic opportunities for asylum seekers in detention centres A not-for-profit juice bar, with profits going to public-interest journalism projects An organisation delivering culturally and religiously appropriate welfare services to Sydney's Western suburbs An advocacy organisation for people who ride bicycles and live and work in and around the City of Sydney local government area A free program that gives community members the tools and support they need to create social change An organisation providing opportunities for young people to discover their intrinsic motivation through healthy food and associated activities A planned social network to make giving part of everyday life A program to empower female university students on their life and career paths A Townsville based community organisation that helps build better communities through the inclusion of people with a disability. A project bringing like-minded individuals together with the goal of creating a skillz sharing, code slinging, active learning community.

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Consultancy Feedback Project Australia helped us to change our thinking about how to establish the Centre for a New Australian Dream. Our approach, formed on traditional ways of starting a not-for-profit, was actually holding us back. This advice has been invaluable for providing the motivation we needed to keep on going despite the many obstacles we face. Jeremy Mah Cofounder of the Centre for a New Australian Dream "Project Australia was able to tell us clearly 'that's your strength, focus on it', and help us identify a few simple steps to take us forward. Thanks to their advice, we're now that much ahead on our journey." Julien Leyre, Marco Polo Project

“The Project Australia team was great. They came prepared with some great advice, contacts and resources that I have been able to action straight away.” Nikki James, Founder, Timbre Café

“Thank you so much for steering us in the right direction in the early days of our venture to make a difference in others' lives! It's so helpful to know where the relevant resources are to support our cause, and it's great to know you're available if we have any questions in the future.” Linda Black, Avinash Do Teachings

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“Donnie's probing questions, generous knowledge and his ability to connect people is an invaluable asset to the social impact community.” Tania Sernia, DoGood Radio and TV

“I really appreciated the time Donnie took to listen to my ideas and point me in the right direction for Celebrate Living History. The advice was really useful and I'm looking forward to making my dream for Celebrate Living History to become viable a reality” Bev Wilkinson, Celebrate Living History

“Project Australia is a great resource for people wishing to make positive change and do not know where to start. Its founder Donnie is an inspiration and a motivator and will definitely get you started and point you in the right direction.” Brent Masters, The Thin Green Line Foundation

“Project Australia provided an excellent sounding-board for our ideas. Candid suggestions made sense, and we will be taking many of them on-board.” David Robinson, Convenor of LIVE Community Power

“Donnie gave us some very practical and actionable advice on the challenges we face in building trust and a healthy sociocracy for Footscray Maker Lab.” Adam Jorlen, Maker Lab Footscray

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2011 - 2012 Presentations/Workshops 25th Sept. 2012

26th Sept. 2012

IYC National Cooperatives Conference Youth Summit IYC National Cooperatives Conference Industry Leader's Breakfast

26th Sept. 2012

Family Advocacy NSW AGM

4th Feb. 2013

Just Good Marketing

12th Mar. 2013

Vibewire workshop

26th Mar. 2013

Vibewire Offers and Needs Market

13th May 2013

Just Good Marketing

13th June 2013

Vivid Festival of Lights

“Thank you very much for the inspiring facilitation of the Youth Summit you must have worked some magic there, because those youth delegates were so motivated - it goes without saying that we're really looking forward to seeing where the youth initiatives go - you played a critical role in the success of summit� Melina Morrison, Director, International Year of Co-operatives Secretariat - Australia

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FINANCIALS

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FINANCIALS (CONT.)

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OUR TEAM Ann Hong Bai Donnie Maclurcan Irene Mitchell Matthew Fernandez Reflections from a Project Australia Volunteer Francis Le Being involved with Project Australia has been a rewarding, interesting and challenging experience. As much as it sounds a cliche, the best thing really is meeting and working closely with people who are passionate about making positive social change - both inside and outside the organisation. In my time at Project Australia I have experienced the great work that the team does first hand. Work that this report can't even begin to do justice! I can say first hand that there really is a production line of great community projects - it is quite something to not only witness, but also to facilitate in a small way. To be part of an organisation that helps so many diverse and worthwhile projects is certainly something that I and the team are very proud of. In Project Australia, I have found a place where everyone's voice is heard, and staff have a chance to use their own talents and to learn new ones. I've also had a chance to help shape a new and exciting future for the organisation. I must thank the dedicated committee members, and also Donnie, from whom I have learnt so much, and whose talk is well and truly matched by his walk. I'm looking forward to an even better 2014! Francis Le

Other Volunteers from the Year Laurie Tuch, Kylie Maxwell, Ivan Kwong, Tom Maclurcan, Sharon Ede, Wendy Zhang, Lenny Bronfentrinker

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OUR COMMITTEE Chair/Treasurer – Stephen Couling, Farm Manager, Trafalgar Farm, Kurrajong

Deputy Chair – Andrea DeWattignar, Senior Project Officer, Department of Planning NSW

Secretary – Jessie Lui, Science/Law Student, UNSW

Member – Hannah de Milta, Marketing and Communications Manager, Canva

Member – AJ Tennant, Freelance Creative Copywriter

Member – Francis Le, Stay-at-home father

Other Committee Members from the Year: Billy Huang

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OUR SUPPORT With special thanks to the following:

Key supporters Vibewire

Donors The Sincerutty Group Larissa Behrendt

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