We're back again to help promote innovation for the community sector. They do a lot of good work, and they are often 'rewarded' by government with annual cuts to their funding (called efficiency dividends).
You can help.
Here are a few facts for you from a the Summary of a QUT paper called 'The State of Queensland Charities', written by Prof Myles McGregor-Lowndes and Marie Crittall from the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies (ACPNS).
How Big are Charities Operating in Queensland?
How Many Full- and Part-time Staff are Employed by Queensland Charities?
How Many Volunteers are Engaged by Queensland Charities?
Here at QLD Startup Showcase we are on a mission to promote some of the amazing stories happening in the community sector.
Here are some facts about the community sector (From a QUT fact sheet):
- There are 600,000 not for profit organisations in Australia
- The sector makes a significant contribution to the Australian economy. In 2012–13 it accounted for $54,796 million or 3.9 per cent of GVA/3.8 per cent of GDP5 (which does not include the contribution of volunteers) – a contribution more than twice as large as the entire economic contribution of the state of Tasmania; and larger than the agricultural, forestry and fishing industries (2.4 per cent) and the information, media and telecommunications and media industries (3 per cent). In 2006–07 the sector contributed 3.2 per cent, and in 1999–2000, 3.3 per cent.
Innovation for the delivery of community services is vital to the wellbeing of society as a whole. So, if you see people or companies doing innovative things from the physical world (such as Orange Sky Laundry) through to the online world (such as MyCommunityDirectory), then please let us know.
If you are looking to get into the community sector startup space then please check out ImpactAcademy - an incubator for community startups, as well as checking out QUT's non-profit and social enterprise centre.
There are a lot of good things happening if you wish to be part of it.
A world first...
Orange Sky Laundry is Australia’s first mobile laundry service for the homeless. A world first, started in Brisbane by two 20 year olds, the custom fitted van has been servicing parks and drop in centres across Brisbane and the wider area with its two industrial washers and dryers. Orange Sky wants to expand its services Australia wide by then end of 2015
Orange Sky Laundry - founded in July, 2014 by friends Lucas Patchett and Nicholas Marchesi comprises seven board members with a diverse range of skills and life experiences. We share a common goal of seeing Orange Sky Laundry take to the streets of Australia.
Media: abc.net 23 Feb 2015
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