Harwood value proposition: “If you Turn Outward and make more intentional judgments and choices in creating change, you will produce greater relevance and impact in your community.”

At the ten20 Foundation, Woodside Energy, FRRR and Philanthropy Australia we recognise we need to shift our ways of working and thinking to solve the complex social problems we have in Australia.

Such a shift requires a change of mindset and practice to place communities, each with their unique contexts and experiences, squarely at the centre of any change effort.

This requires both dedication and hard work.  We are challenging long-held assumptions around how we work, and we are open to fresh ways of thinking and partnering so we can create new and more effective solutions.

As a result, we have come together as a small group of funders and invited The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation to conduct its Public Innovators Labs in Australia.

These labs are internationally recognised for supporting leadership in Turning Outward – working with diverse groups of community and cross sector stakeholders to build the foundations for the mindset and practice shifts we need for success. Rich Harwood brings to the Labs practical, hands on experience of Australian communities ensuring learning is tailored to our cultural context.

We are proud to join with Woodside Energy, FRRR and Philanthropy Australia with in-kind support from Centre for Social Impact, University of Western Australia, to host Rich Harwood and his colleagues.  We hope you will be able to join us on this change journey.

Follow this link for event details and booking: http://ten20.com.au/index.php/harwood-public-innovators-labs-australia/

Our Managing Director, Seri Renkin, presented the 30th annual WJ Craig lecture on Friday, October 21 in Melbourne, with a speech entitled ‘The art of how: Intergenerational disadvantage and collective impact’. Here is the full text of her speech.

Before I start, I want to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we are gathered and pay my respect to their elders past and present.

Thank you for the opportunity to deliver this year’s WJ Craig lecture – it is indeed a privilege to recognise the great philanthropic work started by WJ Craig more than a century ago. Read more > “Seri Renkin presents 30th annual WJ Craig lecture”

Seri Renkin, Managing Director of the ten20 Foundation, describes how our new Funders Roadmap, co-designed with the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation in the US, has been developed to ‘de-risk’ funders’ and communities’ investment in innovative collective impact work.

At the ten20 Foundation, we advocate for new thinking, different answers and a more efficient use of resources to create opportunities for everyone in our community. We can see that community leaders and organisations around Australia are increasingly wrestling with questions about how to address the underlying conditions in our society to enable change to occur – and find the support they need to work together for progress. We believe new forms of funding are key to catalysing, convening and sustaining the knowledge creation, learning networks, and changes in practice and mindset required for real transformation to happen.

The ten20 Foundation recognises that people-centred approaches are critical to addressing complex problems and place-based disadvantage. National and state policies and philanthropic approaches must enable solutions that are relevant to people living in unique community contexts. Read more > “Creating a pathway for funders and communities to work together”

Seri Renkin, Managing Director of the ten20 Foundation, on how our collaboration with key partners such as Rich Harwood of the Harwood Institute is designed to shift the focus of the Australian philanthropic sector towards large-scale, long-term systems change.

mainstreamAt ten20, we want to see collective impact investments and catalytic philanthropy move from the margins to the mainstream. It is new territory for many philanthropists in this country, but we aim to help guide the sector towards a new approach that we are certain will benefit investors, vulnerable children and society at large. Read more > “Moving catalytic philanthropy to the mainstream”

Recently Liz Gillies, Research Fellow at the Asia Pacific Social Impact Centre at the Melbourne Business School, visited the ten20 Foundation offices to film a series of video podcast interviews.

In this video podcast with Seri Renkin, Managing Director (formerly CEO) of the ten20 Foundation, Liz and Seri discuss what smart philanthropic investment in early childhood outcomes looks like. Read more > “Video: Smart investment in early childhood outcomes”

There’s nothing like a visiting international guest to get our sector talking and reflecting. This week we have been talking and thinking about evaluation, as Mark Cabaj from Canada has been in town igniting some fantastic discussion and debate.

Mark is President of the consulting company From Here to There and is an Associate of Tamarack – An Institute for Community Engagement.

Mark has had an amazing career, from experiencing first-hand the end of communism in Europe and working as an Investment Advisor in Poland’s Foreign Investment Agency, the Foreign Assistance Coordinator for Grants in the Ministry of Privatisation, and the Mission Coordinator for the creation of the United Nations Development Program’s first regional economic development initiative in Eastern Europe.

Read more > “The role of the funder in evaluation”

The ten20 Foundation was recently asked “what are the questions that guide your practice?”

Here are some from our list:

  1. What beliefs, values and theories underlie our philanthropic practice?
  2. What is the nature of our role and how do we negotiate our expectations with communities and partner organisations and respectfully establish boundaries on what we will and won’t do?
  3. How do we ensure fair, inclusive processes in our work with each other and with communities?
  4. How do we build capacity in ourselves to undertake the work and then assist communities in building that capacity?
  5. How can we best share our learnings with others?
  6. How do we develop a sense of responsibility and accountability to each other and to the shared agenda for change?

Read more > “The importance of asking questions”

At ten20 we aim to do more than give, as a catalytic philanthropy foundation our work moves beyond giving money away to actively participating in solving the social problem of early childhood disadvantage.

We are not bystanders in the system, we are active participants and have a role to play in solving the problem. This means we need to build and nurture relationships. We aim to bring our whole selves to the work, not just dollars. This is a whole hearted approach. We know all quality relationships are built on trust and need to be earned not assumed.

Read more > “Relationships and trust lessons”