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The Best of Social Impact: Must-Read Articles of the Month (August 2020)

Social impact, entrepreneurship, and innovation - if it's interesting news, you'll find it here. These stories may not be the ones on the top of your news feed, but chances are they're the ones you'll actually want to read. Whether its opinions on creating positive social change - or simply the valuable lessons learned along the way, here's a round-up of the past month's most interesting articles.
NSW government signs social procurement deal
The New South Wales government has inked a deal with an organisation that provides certification to social enterprises and connects them to procurement opportunities. Finance and small business minister Damien Tudehope last week said the agreement with Social Traders would make it easier for the state government to secure goods and services from social enterprises.
Enterprising Stories: Growing the Impact Economy Together
With the effects of COVID-19 still being felt around the globe, there is currently a deep need for social impact. Economic recovery and community well-being are possible—but only with a supported and connected social enterprise ecosystem.
Survey Reveals the Future of Social Sector at Risk
The continuation of the critical contribution charities and not-for-profits make to the economy and social fabric of our country is at risk due to the impacts of COVID-19, with organisations across the sector facing declining revenues and a consequent inability to provide their usual services. Impacts on mental health and well-being are also emerging among staff and volunteers.
Eight top tips on scaling a social enterprise through mass disruption
Leading social entrepreneurs from around the world share some hard-won pearls of wisdom on how to sustain your work and grow your impact in tough times. As a leader of a social enterprise, are you prepared to navigate these times of increasing disruption?
How to Build a Resilient Tomorrow
It’s clear now, more than ever before, that planning for the future looks different for everyone. As the world attempts to emerge from the challenges of 2020, the focus is now on how to become resilient for whatever comes next. So, how can you make sure your social enterprise is in the best position to not just survive but thrive well into the future?
'Mum told me to give back to the community': the young Australian creating robots for good
Grumpily washing the dishes as a 12-year-old in Cairns, Marita Cheng dreamt of building a robot that would do her chores for her. Two decades later, the former Young Australian of the Year is turning some of that dream into a reality – but the machines she’s designing help others, not herself.
6 Ways to Help Out During Homelessness Week Despite COVID-19
It’s the dead of winter and fears of a coronavirus second wave are running high, but while many of us have our homes to retreat back to, one in every 200 Australians does not. Homelessness may not be at the forefront of our minds but it’s a strikingly prevalent issue that’s often overlooked.
Swift action is key to turning struggling not-for-profits around
How is your not for profit faring financially right now? If you’re struggling, you’re not alone – the social good landscape is notoriously tough and COVID-19 has only made things tougher.
To be, or not to be… a not for profit?
Before raising money, you will have to make a decision about your early-stage tech-for-good business. Is it a for-profit or not for profit? The decision comes down to money: how much money does your business need and who is most likely to give it to you?
Free practical business support for Victorian social enterprises
The Centre for Social Impact (CSI) Swinburne’s Social Startup Studio has announced free new clinics for Victorian social enterprises to support the sector following the devastating impacts of the Victorian bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic.

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