Lead or be Left Behind: sustaining
trust and confidence in Australia's charities
Tessa Boyd-Caine has always had an interest in public education and social justice. As the former Deputy CEO of the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) and the current CEO of Health Justice Australia, she works to assist and advocate on behalf of those who have no voice of their own.
In 2014, Tessa was awarded a Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership, supported by the Origin Foundation and the Australian Scholarships Foundation. She spent four months in the United States researching issues around how not-for-profit organisations can strengthen and lead the trust and confidence in which the sector is held.
|Of her experience, Tessa says, “Fulbright Scholarships were something I had only heard about for others until Australian Scholarships Foundation and Origin Foundation launched this incredible opportunity for the nonprofit sector. There is nothing like the chance to spend four months researching and thinking, meeting and talking with new colleagues, and observing how counterparts in another country pursue their missions, all without the daily distractions of a busy job.|
...As exciting as my time in the US was, it has been the ongoing connection with non-profit sector colleagues here and there that has been the greatest benefit of my Fulbright – as I continue to advocate ways that we can lead our own agenda for sustaining trust and confidence in what we do and why it matters.” @tboydcaine #Data4Trust
The result of Tessa's research, kickstarted by the Fulbright scholarship, is a report titled ‘Lead or be left behind: sustaining trust and confidence in Australia's charities’, in which Tessa discusses the importance of transparency and accountability as powerful tools in developing and maintaining public trust and confidence. Tessa’s findings shine a light on the shortfalls of the sector and how NFPs, as recipients of community funding and support, must meet the public demand for clarity in order to sustain their impact well into the future. We're delighted to share Tessa's final report with you. You can read her findings HERE.
Tessa will also be giving a public lecture on her findings at the Centre for Social Impact, University of Western Australia in Perth on Wednesday 10th August, and will be discussing them as part of a panel at the Philanthropy Australia Conference in Sydney on 22nd September 2016. Start thinking about your application for next year's Fulbright scholarships!