Pro Bono: Cloud Computing: Allowing NFPs to Focus on What Really Matters


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Hello and welcome to the latest news update from Pro Bono Australia.

This week, the Connecting Up Conference heard how cloud computing can improve the efficiency, effectiveness and flexibility of Not for Profit organisations from Holly Ross, CEO of the Nonprofit Technology Network.

As well, Australian of the Year Simon McKeon called on Not for Profits to invest in fundraising, and not to line up for support from big corporates, in a keynote address to the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition’sNational Youth Sector Conference.

Our special correspondent, Tamara Newman reports on all the news from the AYAC conference.

And an Australian-first study aims to examine why women and girls are missing out on vital philanthropic funds from Australian donors.

Our news service is updated regularly online, so if you want to know what’s happening before your weekly update arrives in the inbox, just visit www.probonoaustralia.com.au/news

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Cloud Computing: Allowing NFPs to Focus on What Really Matters

CU11 | Cloud computing can improve the efficiency, effectiveness and flexibility of Not for Profit organisations, however first they need to learn to let go of the things that don’t matter, according to Holly Ross, CEO of the Nonprofit Technology Network.

Advice for Youth Sector Organisations – Simon McKeon

Youth Conference | Australian of the Year Simon McKeon has called on Not for Profits to invest in fundraising, identify high net worth individuals, build long lasting relationships and don’t line up for support from big corporates, in a keynote address to the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition’s National Youth Sector Conference.

Study to Examine Philanthropic Investment in Women and Girls

An Australian-first study aims to examine why women and girls are missing out on vital philanthropic funds from Australian donors.

Fitzgerald to Guide NFP Reforms

Productivity Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald AM will chair the advisory board assisting the Australian Charities and Not for Profits Commission (ACNC), Assistant Treasurer Bill Shorten has announced.


Engaging NFP Audiences with Authentic Conversation: CU11 Day Two

CU11 | Not for Profit staff need to break free from organisational thinking if they are to be authentic and engaging, Canadian comedian and conversationalist Heather Gold has told the Connecting Up Conference in Melbourne.


Connecting Up Conference Kicks Off

CU11 | The Connecting Up 2011 Conference has kicked off in Melbourne, with the 400 delegates at the Not for Profit technology conference hearing about the technological challenges and trends facing the sector.

Youth Leadership Needs Diversification – AYAC Conference

Youth Conference | Youth workers and related industry professionals attending a Sydney conference have been told that there are now two distinct sectors under the banner of youth.

Australia Falling Behind in Engaging Young People

Youth Conference | Australia is in severe danger of losing its place amongst the top innovative countries unless there is a dramatic shift in the way young people are engaged with, according to Jan Owen, CEO of the Foundation for Young Australians and founder of the CREATE Foundation.

Mainstream School System Failing Young Australians
Youth Conference | The Federal Government’s ‘learn or earn’ policy has been labeled by education experts as another ineffective one size fits all policy for young people.

Challenges for Low Income Families – Hardship Survey

A new report from Anglicare Victoria shows 25 per cent of emergency relief clients cannot afford to buy prescription medication, almost half cannot afford dental treatment and one in five are too poor to eat a good meal once a day.

Barriers to Work for Disability Support Pensioners

A new report on disability support pensioners shows that there are continuing barriers to work for people with a disability as the number of recipients continues to rise.

Sydney Peace Prize to Human Rights Campaigner
American linguist, social scientist and human rights campaigner Professor Noam Chomsky has been awarded the 2011 Sydney Peace Prize.

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