It’s an exciting time for social enterprise in Australia with more than 20,000 social enterprises now operating.
Despite the recent growth and interest in the sector there are several factors holding it back from reaching its full potential as a catalyst for widespread change. One major hurdle is the time consuming effort required to find the ever-increasing number of funding and capacity building opportunities.
The latest opportunities are typically found via closed Facebook groups, Google searches or organisation-specific newsletters. As a result, many of our most eager and promising entrepreneurs don’t find the support they need to get their ideas off the ground. Potentially life changing ideas stay just that – great ideas.
Social enterprises can be a powerful driver of positive change. We believe encouraging increased support for social enterprises and connecting them with available opportunities is a critical step in this process.
Social Change Central (SCC) is Australia’s first dedicated online hub for social enterprises. SCC connects, encourages and supports social enterprises and aspiring entrepreneurs through an easy-to-use, comprehensive self-service database which collates the most up-to-date opportunities available in Australia and internationally.
The vision for SCC is a cohesive Australian social enterprise ecosystem which enables social enterprises to thrive, resulting in widespread and transformative social change. SCC’s mission is to ensure that Australia’s social entrepreneurs and social enterprises get access to the critical support they need to convert their passion and ideas for social good into real social impact.
SCC members aren’t just social enterprises. They also include changemakers, entrepreneurs, startups, charities, community groups and local grass-roots organisations. SCC is for anyone passionate about social progress.
SCC offers three distinct membership categories. Review the benefits in the chart below and then pick the one that’s right for you.
From funding to exposure - get access to the best social change opportunities from all over the world
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|Opportunity Tracker |
Stay on top of all your opportunities and make sure you never miss a deadline.
|'Social Change Champion' Website Badge |
Gain recognition as a changemaker by displaying the exclusive Member logo on your website and collateral.
|Eligible for Social Change Capital|
We have committed to contribute 15% of our profits to support our members in the form of direct funding via an annual SCC competition.
|Guest Post & Social Media Promotion|
We'll help you grow your audience by sharing your perspective, ideas or enterprise via our social networks.
|Exclusive Offers, Deals and Discounts |
Get special offers on events, conferences, programs, services and much more.
Receive tailored advice and priority care - 7 days a week!
|$0||$50 annually||$120 annually|
Based in Sydney and Melbourne, the SCC team is comprised of committed and enthusiastic individuals who are passionate about social change and innovation. We’re motivated to stay ahead of the curve so that our members never miss out on an opportunity to create effective and sustainable social impact.
Anne Lennon is a corporate lawyer who spent 8 years working in a leading international law firm before moving full time into the social enterprise sector. In her role as General Manager of Social Enterprise Development and Investment at Fitted for Work she led the development of award-winning social enterprise, SheWorks, which aims to increase the workforce participation of women experiencing disadvantage by providing recruitment services to organisations operating in traditionally male dominated industries. In 2014, Anne was recognised as an emerging leader for social change and awarded a scholarship by the Australian Centre for Social Impact. She is also a recipient of the Quinn Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Ruby Bisson is passionate about building engaged communities, both online and offline. She is committed to working with organisations that have a positive impact on individuals and the wider world. Ruby is especially passionate about youth and has worked closely with a number of politicians, government bodies and educational institutions to ensure our future leaders are engaging with meaningful opportunities. Her favourite place is to be is outside, with nature playing a cathartic role in her health and wellness practice.