Social Impact Toolbox launches for Australian not-for-profits

28 Oct 19

On Wednesday 23 October 2019, the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) in partnership with Community Sector Banking launched the Social Impact Toolbox.

Available to any not-for-profit organisation, the Social Impact Toolbox aims to democratise access to essential evaluation tools, which will allow not-for-profit organisations to continue to grow.

“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.”

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.

“Following almost two years of development the Social Impact Toolbox team are ready to hand over the toolbox to allow not-for-profit organisations to evaluate effectively, using validated measures and all for free,” said Associate Professor Bronwen Dalton, Director of the Master of Not-for-Profit and Social Enterprise Management Program at UTS.

“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 by clicking here.