Better Boards Seminar Series – Bendigo

Not-For-Profits: Regional, Community & Economic Development Strategies

Better Boards Seminars
DATE: Wednesday 26 March 2014
TIME: 4.30pm-6.30pm
LOCATION: La Trobe University Visual Arts Centre, 121 View Street, Bendigo VIC 3550


Your non-profit’s role in community, economic & regional development:

How will you position your organisation?
Will you grow and/or amalgamate?
What will be your NFP’s contribution?

The first in a series of seminars exploring the emerging and crucially important role non-profits play in regional, community and economic development, this event was a must attend for senior leaders (CEOs, board members and senior management teams) of non-profit organisations.
Chaired by one of Australia’s pre-eminent experts on non-profit organisations, Michael Goldsworthy, this panel discussion explored key strategic insights and new strategies that boards, chief executive officers and senior management teams should consider as part of their organisation’s strategic direction.
As well as walking away with the practical and proven tools required for strategy development in your non-profit organisation, attendees were provided with access to the considerable expertise of the panel members.

Bendigo Seminar Wrap Up
Local board members came together to discuss the future of non-profit organisations in the Bendigo and Loddon Mallee area at the Better Boards seminar on regional, community and economic development strategies in Bendigo.
Discussion surrounded the prospect of regional non-profits facing mergers with Melbourne-based organisations as a result of changes to government funding models. Attendees raised concerns about local and regional providers being swallowed up by larger facing mergers from Melbourne-based organisations and the installation of a district “branch office”.The need to work together to prevent the loss of dedicated services and providers who understand local needs in regional areas was also discussed.
“We must maintain collaboration through all these emerging models [of organisational sustainability],” said Jenny Dawson, one of the panel members of the seminar and Chair of the Regional Development Australia committee for Loddon Mallee.
This region is good at collaboration. That’s a point of difference for our region that we can build on,” she said.
Jenny Dawson joined other speakers Margaret O’Rourke and Doug Kimberley at the evening seminar. Margaret O’Rourke, Chair of Bendigo TAFE and Director of Bendigo Health Care Group, identified “passion and belief” as a critical success factor for directors driving new strategies.
Knowing what you want to be involved in and the innovation it can bring… [passion and belief] is something that organisations have to have,” she said.
Doug Kimberley, former CEO of Rural Ambulance Victoria, outlined how strategic thinking is vital to the sustainability of the non-profit sector.
“Real strategic planning that you work on and deliver is the key to success in any business and particularly not-for-profits,” he said.
This seminar was the first stop in a national series on the subject of regional, community and economic development.

This seminar was free to all Better Boards Mentor members
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Meet the panel:

Jenny Dawson
Jenny Dawson

Doug Kimberley

Doug Kimberley

Margaret O'Rourke
Margaret O’Rourke
Michael Goldsworthy

Michael Goldsworthy
(Panel Chairperson)

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