Sponsorships and Partnerships
The key to successfully strengthening both sector and community lies in the value placed in building partnerships with shareholders and stakeholders alike. In 2018 we had many successful sponsorships and partnerships that reflect this key value.
The Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS)
As a long-time shareholder of Community Sector Banking, a strong and enduring partnership has developed between the two organisations over the course of 15 years,. As we to expand our influence across the not-for-profit and community sectors the ACOSS partnership will continue to grow.
The NSW Council of Social Services (NCOSS)
A long-time Community Sector Banking shareholder and critical community-based stakeholder in NSW, we were a major sponsor of 5 conference NCOSS held throughout regional NSW. This not only afforded us the opportunity to promote the community value proposition of community banking, but it also solidified an already strong working partnership.
Yfoundations, the peak body for youth homelessness in NSW, and Community Sector Banking have had a long and productive partnership. In 2018 the partnership took a further step when we sponsored and hosted the inaugural meeting of Yfoundations’ Homeless Youth Representative body. As the issue of social housing and homelessness become even more prevalent in day to day society, we look forward to building on this important partnership.
The Benevolent Society
In 2018 we signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the iconic NSWbased charity The Benevolent Society. The MOU focused on assisting their NDIS contract roll-out via the Bendigo Bank’s Bcause e-commerce platform; examining ways and means of partnership in the social investment space; and looking to work together on like-minded projects in the social policy space.
Pro Bono Australia Pro Bono Australia is Australia’s leading provider of news to the not-for-profit sector. With a joint understanding of the need to address systemic issues in the community, we continue to partner with fellow BCorporation Pro Bono Australia as our key media partner. Our partnership includes monthly editorial coverage, digital advertising, keynote sponsorship of the Impact 25 Awards and joint support in providing resources to the not-for-profit sector.
Our partnership with PowerHousing Australia (PHA) allows us to collectively focus on solving the affordable housing issue in Australia and support PHA’s members in focusing on the issue at a higher level. In 2018 we were a principal sponsor at the Annual Member Exchange. This includes supporting the Rising Star group of 2018 and the Rising Star Award, in which two winners were able to share the award. Our CEO Andrew Cairns also represented PowerHousing Australia on their US Field Trip in February 2018. We look forward to continuing to strengthen this relationship and working towards solving housing affordability across Australia.
Australian Sporting Foundation
In 2018 we partnered with the Australian Sporting Foundation as a sponsor for their inaugural Prime Ministers Sporting Oration held in Melbourne. The event brings together business leaders, decision makers, philanthropists and influential individuals to educate on the positive impact sport can have on our lives and the need for funding of grassroots sports program. Following this event, Community Sector Banking and Bendigo Bank will be supporting the fundraising efforts of the Australian Sporting Foundation by introducing fundraising tins across all branches to support local grassroots sport.