Eidos Challenge: Social Procurement

Thanks to everyone who attended the first (and sold-out) Eidos Gala Challenge Awards.

Congratulations StartSomeGood's Tom Dawkins and Red Hat Impact | Real Sustainability's Paul Howorth receiving the Eidos Challenge Award and the $25,000 contribution to your idea Lend for Good. 
Congratulations also to Unscrabble's Sujata Karandikar for winning the Gala award with the Unscrabble proposal.

For winning the Colin Power People's Choice Award, congratulations to Digital Storytellers' Natasha Akib and Armand Lespoir 'Stories for Impact' idea.

On behalf of Allan English's Family Foundation and EFF Lead Belinda Morrissey - well deserved all. We appreciate Belinda's enthusiasm and partnership throughout the whole process.

“I would like to add on behalf of the EFF just how thrilled we are with the calibre and professionalism of the applicants. There are some really great ideas in there, some of which we would like to continue discussions with even if they don’t win on the night. This has been a very rewarding process to have a highly engaging platform to source and tap into ideas which would normally not come through to us.” – Belinda Morrissey, English Family Foundation .


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Social Enterprise World Forum 2017 Bursary Fund finalists announced


63 Australian social enterprises have been announced as successful recipients of the Social Enterprise World Forum Australian Bursary Fund.

Designed to provide assistance to support Australian social enterprise leaders attend the Social Enterprise World Forum in New Zealand later this year, the successful applicants will receive a bursary to the approx. value of AUD$2,000 - covering flights, accommodation and Forum attendance.

As part of their contribution at the Forum the recipients will participate in a series of facilitated networking events to encourage and build the next cohort of future social enterprise leaders.

“We received a terrific amount of interest for the Bursary Fund applications and are really pleased that through this process we’re able to provide such a unique learning and networking opportunity for the next wave of Australia’s future social enterprise leaders,” Said David Brookes, Managing Director, Social Traders.

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Family investment funds secure Good360’s local future

The Australian arm of the US-based Good360 charity group, which is chaired by 2016 Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina, has secured the financial backing from a band of prominent family investment funds as it moves towards self-sufficiency. 

Eight family investment funds, including the Sidney Myers Foundation, the Snow Foundation and the English Family Foundation, have collectively chipped in $1.5 million to keep the local operation of Good360 running for the next three years. Good360, which connects charities with businesses looking to donate excess stock, was set up in Australia last year by Alison Covington, a former director of public transport company Transdev.

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