Not-For-Profits are being urged to take part in the 2017 Not-For-Profit Innovation Index Survey to gain insight into ways they can optimise innovation in their organisations. It has been shown that an increase in innovation capability leads to rising budgets. Developed by GiveEasy and supported by Australia Post, Westpac, and AGSM@ UNSW Business School, the survey can be accessed via until 18th November and aims to measure organisations current innovation capability.

Digital fundraising solutions provider GiveEasy CEO Jeremy Tobias said he is looking forward to seeing how mid-sized Not-For-Profits fare against their larger peers in this year’s Innovation Index survey.

“Now more than ever Not-for-Profits need to build their innovation capability, and the 2017 Innovation Index, through its personalised reports back to each respondent, provides a clear roadmap as to how to achieve this” Mr Tobias said. “Last year’s data clearly shows that innovation growth leads to increased funding.”

“We are delighted to welcome the AGSM as our Business School partner. Working with AGSM will lead to the development of further insights from this research, and we are privileged to be in partnership with Australia’s leading Business School”.

Australia Post’s General Manager Marketing and Community Andrea Pearman said “At Australia Post innovation is at the forefront of our own transformation, helping us to create services and solutions to meet the rapidly changing needs of our people, customers and community. We know first-hand that innovation is key to growth and evolution, and that by helping people innovate we create a stronger community and a more sustainable future. That’s why Australia Post is committed to supporting members of the NFP sector build their innovation capabilities, and be at the forefront of creating authentic innovation cultures”.

Director AGSM & Deputy Dean UNSW Business School, Professor Julie Cogin said: “We’re thrilled to be part of this important initiative which transects two key motivators for participants in all of our programs – Innovation and the desire to give back to society. The key for MBA education is to provide a solid foundation and tools for leaders so that they can think creatively and adapt to changes easily, whatever sector they chose to work in.

Westpac’s Alastair Welsh, General Manager Commercial Bank said “Westpac is committed to backing Australia’s Social Sector and as we approach our 200th anniversary we are focused on helping unlock our national potential. Continuous innovation is about embracing the possibilities of new ideas, new people and new ways of working. This is vital to all businesses, including community organisations. The knowledge and insights from the 2017 Innovation Index can help the Social Sector advance their organisation’s potential and create opportunities that will have a positive social impact on our community”.

Since launching the Innovation Index two years ago to review the Not-For-Profit sector and measure its capability to manage technological disruption, Mr Tobias said some interesting trends emerged.

Based on the data collected from more than 1,217 responses, Cure Brain Cancer Research, One Health Organisation and Movember Australia were ranked the most innovative organisations in the 2016 Innovation Index. This year the Innovation Index partners hopes Not for Profit organisations will seize the opportunity to participate “in the thousands”, Mr Tobias said.

The 2017 Innovation Index will offer a unique opportunity to verify the findings and spot emerging trends across the sector by building on these baseline results, he said.

The eight capabilities measured by the report are:

  • internal collaboration
  • external collaboration
  • explicit focus on innovation
  • openness of culture and vision
  • organisational velocity
  • rewards and recognition for innovation, and
  • stakeholder centricity
  • usage of technology

Data is collected on all day-to-day activities, including the use of social media or mobile technology. Survey participants will receive a personalised report revealing the overall findings of the 2017 Innovation Index as well as their individual results.

About GiveEasy

GiveEasy connects charities and their supporters through simple, smart and social digital giving solutions. GiveEasy pioneered giving via SMS in Australia, and since 2013 we have helped hundreds of not-for-profit clients. These include Oxfam, Amnesty International Australia and Cure for MND Foundation who have run successful campaigns that have increased donations and improved supporter and community engagement. GiveEasy’s four core digital giving solutions – Your SMS, Your App, Your Campaign, Your Page – sit on GiveEasy’s cloud based digital fundraising platform which take care of all the banking, processing, reconciling, legal, security, data and technology issues for its charity clients. These digital giving solutions allow charity supporters and donors to donate quickly and easily via their mobile or desktop and allow charities to connect with and activate their donor base - all from one simple fundraising platform. GiveEasy’s mission is to provide world-leading fundraising and social innovation solutions to help not-for-profits move into a digital and mobile future.

For further information please contact: Jeremy Tobias, CEO GiveEasy

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About AGSM

AGSM is the part of UNSW Business School in Sydney that offers global top-tier general management, executive and leadership development programs. AGSM's rigorous MBA degrees and Short Courses are delivered across Australia online. Our personally transforming MBA and MBA (Executive) programs are consistently ranked in the top 100 globally and our online MBA, the MBAX, is ranked 1st in Australia.

For further information please contact: Alison Avery, Head of AGSM Brand & Marketing

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About Australia Post

As the nation’s oldest continually operating organisation, Australia Post has a long history of connecting Australians with each other – and the world. We operate to help our people, customers and communities to build a better future.

From the humble beginnings of 1809, Australia’s postal service has been growing alongside the Australian community for over 205 years. In a changing world, the needs of communities and the trust they hold in us, remains at the core of every decision and every action we take. We do this by delivering mail, helping businesses and consumers with parcels, and providing a national retail network that supports local communities and organisations. As the needs of the community have evolved, so have we, with a range of services spanning our stores, online and the MyPost Digital MailBox. We complement our national logistics and retail network with convenient digital products to help make everyday life a bit simpler.

For further information please contact: Melanie Tuckewell, Community Communications Manager

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About Westpac

As Australia's First Bank, and Australia's oldest company, we know that we can only be successful over time if our customers are successful. We’re proud to help community organisations by supporting the 2017 Innovation Index. Our Social Sector banking team is wholly focused on supporting the financial needs of Not for Profit organisations. We’ve developed a suite of tailored products enabling our Not-For-Profit customers to better direct time and money towards delivering on their mission. Beyond banking, we connect our customers with financial education, training and resources specifically designed for their needs.

For further information please contact: Tracy Hicks, Senior Media Manager

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