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Community Sector Banking and UTS launch game-changing Social Impact Toolbox for not-for-profits

25 Oct 19

The Social Impact Toolbox, launched yesterday by Community Sector Banking and the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), is a free resource available to any not-for-profit organisation. The Social Impact Toolbox aims to democratise access to essential evaluation tools and training, which will allow not-for-profits to demonstrate their significant contribution to Australian society.

“For Australian not-for-profits to thrive in the 21st century they need the tools to demonstrate the impact of their work to prospective funders,” said Andrew Cairns, Community Sector Banking CEO.

“By partnering with UTS to develop this game-changing Social Impact Toolbox, we can offer all not-for-profits the means to capture and communicate their positive impact using a meaningful and rigorous methodology.”

“Community Sector Banking is dedicated to strengthening the not-for-profit sector through innovation and capacity building. We are always looking for opportunities to move beyond offering grants to a small number of deserving not-for-profits, and with this investment we believe there is the potential to create long-term benefits for civil society as a whole.”

Following almost two years of development the Social Impact Toolbox team are ready to hand over these resources to allow not-for-profit organisations to evaluate effectively, using validated measures and all for free.

Associate Professor Bronwen Dalton, Head of the Department of Management at UTS Business School, is excited at the possibilities this new toolbox will provide not-for-profit organisations.

“Previously a lack of standardised approach to evaluation, along with a lack of resources and staff in many not-for-profit organisations, meant that small to medium not-for-profits were being locked out of important funding conversations. The Social Impact Toolbox aims to alleviate these issues by providing free access to information, learning and validated tools, allowing anyone from any organisation to measure the impact of their work.”

“The Social Impact Toolbox is democratising access to social impact evaluation tools and training for not-for-profits. It provides a suite of resources for the sector including online courses, interactive evaluation templates and a repository of reliable, verifiable and validated measures, all collated in an open digital platform.”

You can access the toolbox through the website www.socialimpacttoolbox.com

About UTS

The University of Technology Sydney (UTS), located in central Sydney, is one of Australia’s leading universities of technology. It is known for fusing innovation, creativity and technology in its teaching and research and for being an industry-focused university. UTS has a total enrolment of over 40,000 students and is rated No.1 ‘young’ university in Australia in both the QS and Times Higher Education rankings. Its Business School delivers a broad range of degree programs at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and through its executive development programs. It is also recognised internationally for its innovative research. For more information go to uts.edu.au.

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