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
Receive our fortnightly newsletter, jam-packed with industry news, tips and events.
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.
Jay Boolkin is passionate about positive social change and the power of social entrepreneurship to tackle some of the world’s biggest problems. Jay believes that for-purpose business models can become part of the mainstream and is enthusiastic about advocating for business models that are genuinely built around a social or environmental mission. Jay was selected as a 2015 Myer Innovation Fellow, one of Australia’s top 50 young social entrepreneurs by the Foundation for Young Australians, and the Young Entrepreneur Finalist in the Sydney SHINE Awards. Jay Boolkin blogs at Social Good Stuff and is founder at Promise or Pay.
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.
Su-Ann is a management consultant with a background in health and finance. She has always been passionate about social development but her recent trip to Sierra Leone in May 2016 to run a marathon ignited a bigger goal to devote her professional life to social development to drive social progress. Su-Ann aspires to be a leader in the next generation of social innovation in the health and education sector.