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Significant Women's Network

Significant Women’s Network Savvy Giving Lunchtime Workshop

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Today I attended the Significant Women’s Network Savvy Giving Lunchtime Workshop.

The Significant Women’s Network is a movement that brings women of influence together. The Savvy Giving workshop was aimed at philanthropists and women who work with, or a part of the not-for-profit sector. The workshop was held at the offices of Logie-Smith Lanyon.

Genevieve Timmons who is a Philanthropic Executive at the Portland House Foundation and is on a range of not-for-profit boards was the keynote speaker at the event. In 2013, she published a book entitled Savvy Giving which was aimed at individuals interested in becoming philanthropists.

A large turnout at the Significant Women's Network Savvy Giving Workshop

A large turnout at the Significant Women’s Network Savvy Giving Workshop

Savvy Giving served as the main point of reference during the workshop where Genevieve took the group through the art and science of what it is like to be a philanthropist in the twenty first century. Issues covered included the fact that giving to not-for-profit organisations depends on an individual’s philosophy, creativity and practicality. She also spoke about the strong link that now exists between delivering tangible outcomes and funding. Now more than ever, not-for-profit organisations are having to demonstrate how they can solve societal problems.

The Savvy Giving Workshop provided me with the opportunity to network with other women who are passionate about the not-for-profit sector. Our Horsham based client, Julie Pettett who is the CEO of Volunteering Western Victoria and Governance Mentors attended the event and was surprised to learn that Genevieve grew up in Horsham.

Overall the event was well delivered and covered content that would be of value to both philanthropists and women working with not-for-profit organisations. We would like to thank the Significant Women’s Network for inviting us to this event.

Governance Mentors

Governance Mentors Update

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We developed a marketing plan for Governance Mentors in 2013, and this year we have been implementing this plan.

Governance Mentors is a not-for-profit social enterprise that builds community through governance. The program was developed by Volunteering Western Victoria, a volunteer resource centre based in Horsham.

Governance Mentors is currently being tested in Melbourne and piloted in Horsham.

2014 marked an exciting start to Governance Mentors. As a part of the program, mentors are provided with training on governance and mentoring. Three training sessions have been held so far, and we have been able to document video testimonials from mentors, to build the narrative of the program.

Mentor interest in Governance Mentors has been high. In Melbourne, there is currently a waiting list of ten mentors, who will be taking part in a future training session.

In Horsham, a breakfast was held for regional mentors. Mentors were provided with an update of the program, and had the ability to network and meet their peers.

Alex Makin at the mentor breakfast in Horsham

Alex Makin at the mentor breakfast in Horsham

Governance Mentors has attracted mentors who are passionate about the not-for-profit sector, and have a genuine interest in governance.

Interest from organisations has also been strong. The types of organisations that have expressed interest has been broad, including community centres, NGOs, disability providers, as well as organisations that support culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

Areas of interest identified by organisations include time management, financial management, risk management, committee process and collective decision making, stakeholder engagement and planning for the future. Four matches have been made so far.

Governance Mentors now has a dynamic new website www.governancementors.org.au where you can learn more about the program.

If you are based in Melbourne or Horsham and are interested in nominating your organisation for the Governance Mentors program please send an email to: natalia@governancementors.org.au or visit www.governancementors.org.au.

Governance Mentors

Governance Mentors Horsham Breakfast

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We attended the first Governance Mentors breakfast for Mentors in Horsham.

The first Governance Mentors Breakfast in Horsham

The first Governance Mentors Breakfast in Horsham

Governance Mentors is an innovative not-for-profit enterprise that has been developed by Volunteering Western Victoria to build community through governance mentoring.

Mentors have been recruited in both the Wimmera and Melbourne. The first Governance Mentors breakfast provided an opportunity for regional mentors to learn more about the Governance Mentor website and also provided an opportunity for networking.

As a part of our engagement with the social enterprise, we developed a website that provides mentors with resources and a discussion forum they can use while mentoring community organisations. This enables mentors to connect with one another, forming a network built around fostering good governance.

Introducing the new Governance Mentors website

Introducing the new Governance Mentors website

Alex gave a presentation on this website during the breakfast to the group and we also took photographs of the event.

The event was well received with mentors learning about new developments and gaining insight into the new website.

Governance Mentors

Governance Mentors – now seeking organisations

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Governance Mentors is an innovative not-for-profit social enterprise that builds community through governance mentoring. The social enterprise was formed by Volunteering Western Victoria and is delivered in partnership with Eastern Volunteers and Volunteer West.

Governance Mentors involves the matching voluntary mentor with a community organisation over a twelve month time frame. During this time the mentor will support the committee of management by providing advice on good governance practices.

Mentor training has commenced, and Governance Mentors is currently seeking organisations that would like to participate in the program with the aim of strengthening governance.

A mentor will not take the place of a committee member, but instead will provide advice in an advisory capacity on good governance practices. Similarly, rather than providing one-off training, Governance Mentors aims to foster ongoing learning and development through mentoring.

The program is available for both staffed and unstaffed organisations. A Program Coordinator will match mentors with complementary skills to the identified needs of a community organisation.

Further information on Governance Mentors can be found at www.governancementors.org.au or email info@governancementors.org.au.

Governance Mentors

Governance Mentors First Melbourne Training

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I attended the Governance Mentors Melbourne training session for mentors. This training session was the first held in Melbourne, and was facilitated through Volunteer West.

Governance Mentors is a not-for-profit social enterprise that has been developed by Volunteering Western Victoria in response to improving the governance of community organisations.

Governance Mentors provides the opportunity for individuals who are passionate about community governance to volunteer as a mentor to a community board. Mentors are provided with training that enables them to learn more about the program, and what it takes to be a governance mentor.

Governance Mentors training

Governance Mentors training

Many mentors saw being involved as a professional development opportunity, or a way that they could give back to the community and assist an organisation to achieve its goals.

The first part of the training was a networking dinner that enabled mentors to meet and network in an informal context. The dinner also provided an introduction to the program and outlined the topics that would be discussed during the workshop.

Training for this program is highly interactive, with participants having the opportunity to share their experiences and learn from others as they discuss both governance and mentoring.

I am currently the Program Coordinator for Governance Mentors in Melbourne and have assisted Volunteer West with recruitment. It has been great to have such an overwhelmingly positive response to Governance Mentors and to ensure a diverse and highly capable skillset that will be offered to organisations.

We are currently looking to place our mentors with suitable organisations. If you are part of an organisation, or know of an organisation that would benefit from having a governance mentor, please contact me on natalia@synekamarketing.com.au or 1300 965 989.

Governance Mentors

Second Training Session for Governance Mentors

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Governance Mentors, an initiative of Volunteering Western Victoria, is a new social enterprise that has been developed to provide community leaders with the opportunity to mentor community organisations, to deliver good governance.

We have been assisting Volunteering Western Victoria in implementing a marketing plan for Governance Mentors. As part of this implementation process, I have become the Melbourne Program Coordinator, to test the scalability of the social enterprise and its ability to achieve its aims.

As the Melbourne based Program Coordinator, it has been my role to help find and match mentors with potential organisations. In addition, I provide ongoing support to ensure that mentors and organisations are achieving positive outcomes.

The Second Training Session of Governance Mentors

The Second Training Session of Governance Mentors

The second training session for Governance Mentors was held in Horsham, with a second group of mentors now ready to support community organisations.

Training enables mentors to reinforce their knowledge on their role and the program. Mentors were encouraged to learn from one another and share the experiences they have in working and volunteering for community groups.

Our marketing plan identified the need to develop the narrative of Governance Mentors, explaining the importance of good governance and the outcomes that will be achieved. We undertook video interviews with mentors and other stakeholders to gain an insight into the program.

Mentors in training

Mentors in training

Governance Mentors is an innovative program that offers professional development through volunteering.

If you would like to participate in this program, please contact me on 1300 965 989 or email natalia@synekamarketing.com.au.