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Researching & Realising
Not-for-Profit Capability Development


Research Learning

Researching the state, need, and effect of Not-for-Profit knowledge, skills and abilities, and the mechanisms on how to best develop them.

To achieve the full potential of the Australian Not-for-Profit sector, our research creates evidence and intelligence on its workforce to inform organisational leaders, learning providers, funders, and policy makers.

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Australian Not-for-Profit Workforce Study

The largest ever research study on and for Not-for-Profit organisations, and their employees and volunteers working at all levels. Designed to understand and share freely the most effective means for growing Not-for-Profit people, organisations, and their impact.

  • Identifying what matters most for making work more developmental, healthy, meaningful, productive.
  • Describing the most important Not-for-Profit sector knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • Charting the sector’s needs and barriers for developing people and capacity.

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Science-driven insights on all your employees and volunteers. Free to all Australian Not-for-Profit organisations.
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Exploratory findings about the challenges and opportunities to develop Not-for-Profit leaders and leadership capabilities.
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Findings from measuring the impact of professional development and work learning on people, organisations, and purpose.
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Realise Learning

Designing, delivering, advising, evaluating, and resourcing activities that realise desired Not-for-Profit knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Research shows that the right knowledge, skills, and abilities make Not-for-Profit employees and volunteers more effective in their roles, and this facilitates organisational performance and viability for greater social impact on the purposes all serve. We put the latest knowledge and evidence into practice.

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Action Learning for Purpose Program

To accelerate individual and organisational development in the Not-for-Profit sector through action learning and tools that facilitate the solution of real-world problems.

  • address an organisational challenge for greater impact
  • develop new capabilities and grow as leader
  • collaborate within and across organisations

Strategy | Leadership | Funding | Talent
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Find opportunities to learn, develop and grow for purpose. Search trainings, webinars, and conferences by topic, location, and more.


Find opportunities to resource your capacity building. Search grants and scholarships by topic, location, and more.

Attention to the (Not-for-Profit) People

Last week we launched the Australian Not-for-Profit Workforce Study, designed as the largest and most important research study ever on and for NFP organisations, and all [...]

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An initiative led by the Centre for Social Impact,
The University of Western Australia | Business School

Learning for Purpose is an independent, non-partisan, national initiative to research and realise capability development in the Australian Not-for-Profit Sector.

We seek to systematically understand and improve the means through which individuals and organisations gain and sustain the knowledge, skills, and abilities for a better world.

The initiative is led by the Centre for Social Impact at the University of Western Australia Business School in collaboration with the not-for-profit sector, social enterprises, universities, government partners, industry and philanthropists.