OUR WHITEPAPERS

This practical guide helps organisations understand, align and benefit from the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Co-authored with the United Nations Association of Australia (Victoria Division), it’s grounded in the real-world experiences of 20 organisations from the not-for-profit, government and private sectors. Whether you’re starting from scratch, leading the way with the SDGs or somewhere in-between, our SDG handbook has something for you.

LATEST WHITEPAPERS

The UN Sustainable Development Goals = social, environmental, and business value: An Australian handbook with insights, advice, and practical strategies

This practical guide helps organisations understand, align and benefit from the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Co-authored with the United Nations Association of Australia (Victoria Division), it’s grounded in the real-world experiences of 20 organisations from the not-for-profit, government and private sectors. Whether you’re starting from scratch, leading the way with the SDGs or somewhere in-between, our SDG handbook has something for you.

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How to demonstrate your impact: A handbook to go from impact measurement theory to practice

Measuring impact is a hot topic in the for-purpose sector. And for good reason. The benefits are significant but impact measurement is also too hot for many of us to handle (or at least handle effectively). At Spark, we strongly believe this doesn’t need to be the case. That’s why we wrote this paper. It debunks the myths, de-jargons the jargon and provides clear tips, tricks and what to do next.

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Beyond Sponsorship: Transforming arts and business partnerships post COVID-19

In 2020, arts and cultural organisations were thrown into a state of continuing uncertainty and transition. In light of this, we collaborated with Arts Centre Melbourne and Creative Partnerships Australia on research and a whitepaper about arts and business partnerships. The lessons and insights gleaned will have relevance for future years – for the arts sector, for the business sector and for anyone involved in partnering.

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In Search of sustainability: Thinking beyond funding models

Sustainable funding is today’s holy grail for not-for-profit and for-purpose leaders. Predictably, it’s proving to be elusive. We believe the key to picking the right funding model is not about the funding model at all. To get it right, leaders need to think beyond the funding model and unearth the sustainable business model. This whitepaper expands on this very topic and includes a diagnostic tool and suggested actions to propel your organisation forward.

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Partnering for purpose: Creating more effective corporate and not-for-profit partnerships

If you’re a not-for-profit, this paper will help you develop better private sector relationships by clarifying what you’re asking for, exploring the range of support you can access and building ongoing relationships. If you’re a corporate, this paper will help you more effectively engage with the for-purpose sector with a few less headaches and in a way that leads to both business and social outcomes. We really hope the thoughts, examples and tips here help – even a little bit.

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OTHER WHITEPAPERS

How to demonstrate your impact: A handbook to help you start your journey

The world of impact measurement can seem daunting. With all the terms, approaches and applications out there, it can be hard to know what’s what. This paper supports organisations starting on their impact measurement journey by focusing on developing a robust theory of change. It’s a how-to guide that explains key terms and outlines some of the common challenges and solutions at hand when creating a theory of change.

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Times of crisis: A guide for the for-purpose sector to support leaders today and help reimagine the sector for tomorrow (part 1)

There always have been and always will be difficult times. In times of major difficulty and disaster, we can feel as though the ground beneath us is uncertain. We can feel like we’re free falling. With our sense of control and agency dashed, it’s easy to respond reactively and to panic. We wrote this whitepaper to counter that. We wrote this whitepaper to help for-purpose leaders prepare for and respond to crises.

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Times of crisis: A guide for the for-purpose sector to support leaders today and help reimagine the sector for tomorrow (part 2)

This paper is the second in our times of crisis series. It adopts different lenses – global, contextual, systemic, strategic – to look ahead to the years following the COVID-19 crisis. It makes predictions and poses questions to help leaders navigate a future that is as dazzling as it is confusing.

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Together we do better: Perspectives on partnerships

It’s quite apt that we partnered with the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre on a whitepaper all about partnerships. Through great conversations and a stakeholder survey, we contribute to the discourse on partnerships for social impact, exploring what works best in fostering and maintaining great collaborations.

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What makes government reform stick: Candid insights from current ministers and a checklist to help change makers create enduring reform

Ever wished you could have a frank conversation with a senior leader in government around how to create system-level change? We were privileged to have six of these conversations, in which ministers and senior officials were candid with us about the good, the bad and the ugly of government reform. This paper is the tangible output of those discussions.

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Build back better: Youth | Supporting the youth sector to recover from COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant challenges for the for-purpose sector. While every organisation has had to deal with the unexpected, some organisations were hit harder than others. This was the case for Australia’s youth sector. Given the significant need among young people in combination with the changes and challenges facing many youth sector organisations, we wrote this paper to support those who work with and for young people.

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Beyond government relations: How not-for-profits can achieve better impact by embedding government engagement capability

This whitepaper offers thoughts, lessons and practical suggestions as to how to better engage with a key system participant – government – for better and more social impact. It speaks to why traditional approaches to government engagement are failing the for-purpose sector and how there is a better way.

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We pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to Elders past, present and emerging.