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Strategic and financial planning for community organisations

The roll-out of the NDIS, cuts to government spending on social services and recommissioning are just some of the current issues that Victorian community organisations must consider when planning for the future.

At the latest bankmecu-VCOSS Finance Network workshop, dedicated to practical strategic planning, about 50 community sector representatives and financial planning experts discussed how to plan strategically in this changing environment.

The Finance Network provides practical advice and information for community organisations to build their capabilities.

The workshop was presented by social policy consultant Joseph Connellan, and discussed the role that partnerships and service innovation can play in securing a stronger future for community organisations.

Joseph outlined ways for participants to assess their organisations’ financial and governance priorities, given current challenges and opportunities.

In discussing how to develop a strategic plan, he explored practical strategies for organisations to get the right people in the right place, get the house in order, do a governance health check, develop a plan, and secure resources.

You can download the Practical Strategic Planning presentation from the VCOSS Link website.

Network members also suggested that future workshop topics might include social investment, measuring social outcomes and alternative forms of revenue development.

If these topics sound of interest to your organisation, you can join the bankmecu-VCOSS Finance Network.

To become a member of VCOSS or find out more about the bankmecu-VCOSS Finance Network and upcoming events, please contact VCOSS Link Coordinator Amy Webster – T: 03 9235 1000 or E: linkr@vcoss.org.au. To check whether you or your organisation is a member of VCOSS please call Liza on 03 9235 1000.

VCOSS is proud to acknowledge bankmecu as a VCOSS Link partner.