News Release – For Immediate Release
6th September 2016
Brisbane today welcomes a first of its kind, The Charity Hub, a physical and online educational and assistance hub created for the purpose of helping non-profit and community organisations improve their professionalism, funding capabilities and overall effectiveness in a very tough economic climate.
As Australia passes the 600,000 number of non-profit and community organisations, the need to develop skills for leaders and management has never been greater. As governments reduce funding through targeting, increasing competition for funding and requiring higher levels of accountability, many non-profits are struggling financially, struggling to attract and manage volunteers in a time poor economy, are overwhelmed with social media and the web and the management responsibilities of running organisations are all reducing the effectiveness of many non-profits.
The Charity Hub opens it’s doors in Acacia Ridge from today with a function bringing Non Profits and Business together to share in the vision of the hub. The facility provides hot desk opportunities, office rental, small and large training facilities, a hi speed fibre internet connection for online training and web conferencing and a fully serviced office facility for those looking for a presence without the full blown cost. A group buying arrangement has also been established to bring volume purchasing benefits to organisations who are members of the Charity Hub through one of Australia’s largest volume purchasing groups, Supply Clusters to help reduce costs. It is hoped this will save millions for the non-profit sector each year.
In addition a roster of business professionals will provide training and leadership to non-profits in person and via the web in areas that are critical to their long term survival. Covering topics such as the internet and media, fundraising and corporate partnerships, pitching, volunteering, management, accounting, developing business/organisational plans and visions and developing customer/donor/sponsor centric relationships philosophies will just be the start.
“Running a non-profit is no different from a business and providing these skill sets to non-profit groups we hope will give them the opportunity to prosper in the current challenging environment” Operations Manager Tracy Alder said. “Over the last 14 years of involvement with community groups I’ve seen the same issues time and time again and the non-profit sector is struggling to meet demands with less. We need to upskill and develop capacity in our non-profits so they can do their work without suffering burnout or even worse, collapse. ”
“We’re excited about the future of the sector and what the hub can offer, physically here in Brisbane but also online. We’ve two tenants, Rural Aid and Volunteers 4 Youth and had interest from all over the country so it’s all go from here”.
More information can be found at www.thecharityhub.com.au
Address – Unit 3 / 8 Colebard Street East Acacia Ridge Qld 4110
Event Time: 5.30pm till 7.30pm