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These are the member publications of the Institute of Community Directors Australia (ICDA), Australia's leading resource for not-for-profit boards and committees.

Among other benefits, members get quarterly newsletter Community Directors Intelligence in their in-box, with all the news, analysis, help sheets, and advice you need to become a better board member. Every other month you'll receive the Community Directors Update to ensure you stay in the loop. Members have ready access to the back catalogue to help any aspect of not-for-profit governance, when it's needed most.

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Download a sample November 2018: Connect to your community

Strong social connections and the ability to act strategically and collaboratively are among the biggest capabilities that a not-for-profit can seek to master. We examine the powers of the "social connectors" in your community, the role of community radio, arresting the fall in the number of volunteer leaders and much more. 

Download a sample October 2018: Cultivate your culture

Organisational culture, we all know, eats strategy for breakfast. Inside this edition we've drawn dozens of lessons on culture from the Community Directors Conference, such as the extraordinary cultural transformation of Greening Australia, and Susan Pascoe's blueprint for setting the cultural tone in your organisation. ONLINE NOW: Articles from the edition

Download a sample July 2018: How to make a leader

Leadership can make or break your organisation. Poor leadership can destroy your income, your reputation and your mission. This edition presents international research and analysis, strategies, the views of effective leaders and access to many of the resources you'll need. ONLINE NOW: Articles from the edition

Download a sample March 2018: The keys to collaboration

We've spoken to legal and academic types, change merchants, not-for-profit movers and shakers, scrutinised case studies, and dipped into our library of resources to bring you this dossier. We present powerful alternatives to mergers, and show you how partnerships will help you survive tough times, and perform better. 

Download a sample November 2017: What's your digital plan?

Here's a taste of our information and communications technology edition, with a multitude of ways to boost your technological abilities. If you like this preview, become a member and read the full edition. ONLINE NOW: Articles from this edition

Download a sample September 2017: Where's the money?

Here's a taste of our financial sustainability edition, which we hope will help equip your organisation to survive and thrive.

Download a sample July 2017: In the chair, the hot seat edition.

In this edition, we explore how to get everyone pulling in the same direction, without the chair having to do all the heavy lifting.

FREE copy May 2017: The (free) hot topics edition 

Usually, this quarterly newsletter is for members-only, but we've unlocked the gates to show you what you're missing.  In this edition, we've gleaned lessons from the hottest topics from our annual conference.


February 2017: The social enterprise toolkit

Social enterprises are becoming more common in Australia, but what are the lessons for not-for-profits?

A good place to start is with Our Community founder Denis Moriarty, whose work as a social entrepreneur has shown the way for many others.

Here's an interview with him that appears in the February 2017 "Board Builder" newsletter, available in full to members of the Institute of Community Directors Australia.

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