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2019 FoCD

Festival a capacity boost for community directors

By Lachlan Pollock, Our Community

The first ever Festival of Community Directors, a yearlong celebration of community governance, has sparked new enthusiasm in the sector.

Three months in, the Institute of Community Directors Australia (ICDA), event continues in its mission to strengthen the sector, Our Community's group managing director, Denis Moriarty said.

"We already have had high engagement and fantastic feedback, but the festival continues to evolve as those in the sector let us know how we can assist, with training and other resources."

"We've been really happy to see those working hard in the community sector enjoying the festival's offerings."

Among early highlights include:

  • One organisation winning a $10,000 prize during Not-for-profit Insurance Week
  • An International Women's Day gathering marking one of the first events hosted at the new headquarters for the community sector, Our Community House
  • Week-long celebrations promoting social justice, ethics and culture, human resources, communications and schools
  • Webinars on a multitude of not-for-profit issues
  • A string of free training events being held from Perth to Brisbane
  • The Practical Impact Conference to be hosted at Our Community House on June 3

The packed festival calendar had seen both ICDA and its members focus on boosting expertise and knowledge among community directors, Mr Moriarty said.

"So far this year we've been achieving our goal of providing training and workshops which can be accessed all throughout the country."

"We've held webinars which are easily accessible to everyone, no matter their location, and we've hosted training events in Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane, and we'll be in Adelaide later this month for a free training course tailored for those in the disability services sector."


Major sponsor the Commonwealth Bank has boosted support, enabling ICDA to host free training workshops, including the Rethinking Governance for the Disability Sector workshops already held in Perth and Brisbane, with set for Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney this year.

The bank is also sponsoring the Better Governance for Schools half-day workshop in Brisbane, Thursday, May 16.

But with the year just begun, there will be many more affordable, high-value opportunities for community directors across the year with weeks focused on schools, policies, office bearers, performance, strategy, whistleblowing, finance, inductions and fundraising still to come. Resources for all of our past weeks are now available on the festival site too.

Practical Impact Conference 2019

"We expect one of the year's highlights will be our Practical Impact Conference, on Monday, June 3, a networking event for forward-thinking not-for-profit leaders wanting to boost their impact," Mr Moriarty said.


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