20 August 2012
Free workshops on offer to help improve funding outcomes for local not for profit groups
Rio Tinto Alcan is partnering with not for profit groups in Gladstone to help strengthen their operating models and maximise funding outcomes.
Following the popular Governance and Treasurer Training hosted by the Rio Tinto Alcan Community Fund last year, the Fund is offering two free workshops in September to help community groups diversify their funding streams and improve skills in the areas of strategic and financial planning, and marketing.
Executive officer of the Fund Jeremy Hastings said the board is delighted to be able to respond to community need and work in partnership for a stronger community.
According to Mr Hastings, the workshops will benefit all not for profit groups in the region, no matter how big or small.
"Government grants are a great source of funding for many community organisations; however a recent survey we conducted showed many don't believe they have the skills or resources to develop successful funding proposals on a regular basis.
"The workshops will encourage groups to take a step back and review their strategic framework and funding strategies with a fresh outlook and enhanced skill set, helping to improve their chance of success going forward."
Mr Hastings said another key finding of the survey was that community groups turn to fundraising when they wish to develop a new initiative.
"A creative and innovative fundraising plan can help fund new projects as well as costs for things like equipment, renovations and infrastructure-areas that are traditionally difficult to access through grants."
Presented by highly regarded experts from Our Community, the first workshop will cover Grant Writing and Fundraising and the second Strategic Planning, Review and Revitalisation.
Grant Writing and Fundraising: Saturday 1 September 2012, 8.30am-1.30pm
- develop a successful fundraising plan
- fundraising ideas that work
- background to grant sources
- develop a submission template
- steps for a successful proposal
- acquitting and evaluating successful grants
Strategic Planning, Review and Revitalisation: Saturday 8 September 2012, 8.30-1.30pm
- agreeing on a strategic framework and plan
- stakeholder analysis
- environmental/situational analysis
- review mission and vision
Both workshops are open to all community organisations, societies and clubs in the Gladstone Region, and will be held at the Gladstone Technical College. To register go to www.hereforgladstone.com.au
About Our Community
Our Community is a world-leading social enterprise that provides advice, tools and training for Australia's 600,000 community groups and schools, and practical linkages between the community sector and the general public, business and government. Find out more at http://www.ourcommunity.com.au/
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Rio Tinto's business is finding, mining, and processing mineral resources. Major products are aluminium, copper, diamonds, thermal and metallurgical coal, uranium, gold, industrial minerals (borax, titanium dioxide and salt) and iron ore. Activities span the world and are strongly represented in Australia and North America with significant businesses in Asia, Europe, Africa and South America.
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