Innovation and creativity is the key to growth for our communities. A new partnership between two not-for-profits, boasts the next-generation of innovation for arts enterprise, community engagement and economic growth.
Jumpleads NFP and Make a Change Australia have joined forces. Formalising their partnership means they can expand their reach, impact, and organisational growth.
Jumpleads NFP melds together arts and enterprise to bring business and project skills to artists and communities.
Make a Change, located in Bendigo since 2011, has enabled start up entrepreneurs, volunteers, business owners, managers and staff, to create positive change in their organisation or community.
“Integrating two existing office bases and teams, between Melbourne and Bendigo, provides us with strong local representation with people ready to realise opportunities across the state.” says Make a Change founder Karen Corr.
The future is looking bright for both organisations, and regional communities they work within. It is predicted that their initiatives will inject half a million dollars into the economy.
“All of our projects are aimed at creating local jobs and building the capacity of communities through education and fostering collaboration,” Jumpleads NFP Director Sharon Seyd states.
Both Karen and Sharon strive to ‘marry’ their professional experience with community and create ‘projects with heart’.
“Taking on roles in my own small business such as CEO, financial manager, administration and everything else in between, as well as being there for my family, was tough,” Karen recalls.
After initially meeting and subsequent conversations, the two businesswomen realized they faced similar challenges and that their skills and vision aligned.
The ambitious and ground breaking projects they are delivering next year, due to their expanded capacity include:
- Let’s Nut it Out, a transformational skills development program for changemakers and social entrepreneurs; and
- Strategic communications and engagement work for Monash University addressing the challenge of employability.
“We believe that economically sustainable arts, strong communities and businesses leads to tenable innovation, social wellbeing and positive change,” says Sharon.
Karen goes on to explain, “Our focus is on fostering bold ideas and empowering people, organisation and communities to undertake the change they want to make.”