• Partnerships

    Partnerships are were two organisations or communities agree to come together to work towards a common cause. A partnership can open up new opportunities, referrals and ability to achieve more by sharing skills, resources and sometimes finances. There are opportunities to have a higher impact and visibility in the community.

    Some  good examples in the Our Community website are: say thank you in Person; send a card or letter; phone or email them; present them with a certificate of appreciation; send a gift; promote their services or contribution on public sites and showing loyalty.

    Before you get started in a Partnership

    Now you’re involved in a Partnership

    If things go wrong with your Partnership 

    Ending a Partnership

    General Resources

  • Collaboration

    In advocacy, collaboration is key. In one way or another, just about every help sheet in Our Community’s Advocacy Centre has had something to do with collaboration. Establishing a collaboration not only strengthens your campaign, you’re also demonstrating to the community, decision-makers and funders that other stakeholders recognise that there’s a need for what you’re doing. This can be a powerful asset.

    Tips on how to start a Collaboration can be found here

  • Terms & Conditions

    Terms & Conditions are rules by which one must agree to abide in order to use a service, product or when applying for funding or awards. Some good examples of Legal essentials can be found at the Small Business WA Government Website here.

    CSA short form_-_template example

  • Acknowledging Suppliers & Service Support

    There is many different ways you can acknowledge and/or thank your Suppliers, Partners and Supporters. Some good examples in the Our Community website are: Say Thank you in Person, Send a Card or Letter, Phone or email them, Present them with a certificate of appreciation, Send a gift, Promote their services or contribution on public sites and showing loyalty.

    Thanking a Community-Business Partner

  • Community Centres & Hubs

    Community and neighbourhood centres help build strong and connected communities. Through supporting individual capabilities and fostering connection, centres nurture the conditions that underpin community resilience and wellbeing. Centres ensure programs and services are available to address specific local needs, and support activities that build and strengthen community relationships.

    Community Centres SA is the peak body for Community Centres here in SA. They can guide you to local links and community services. Their mission is “To build the strength, capacity and influence of the community and neighbourhood centres sector through advocacy, workforce and organisational development”.

    Following is a link to their website:

    Find a Community Centre near you

  • MOU

    An MOU will typically be used in the not-for-profit sector when organisations wish to co-operate and/or share information with each other, allowing each to make the most of the other’s specialist skills or knowledge.  It is the least formal type of collaborative agreement. An MOU will typically establish a framework for the collaboration between the organisations and express the common goals or vision of the parties to the MOU. In general, an MOU will not deal with the specific details of particular projects.  An MOU is therefore usually more of a ‘high level’ agreement. As an MOU is normally not a legally binding document,  it is not appropriate to use an MOU if your organisation wants to be able to enforce a part of the agreement. If you need to rely on the other organisation taking certain actions and/or if your organisation stands to lose money if the other party doesn’t act – your organisation should enter into a contractual arrangement.

    Memoranda of Understanding

    FACT SHEET – Memordanda of understanding

    Putting Together an Agreement

    MOU Template Example

  • Contracts

    Contracts are part of everyday operations for many not-for-profits. It’s important to know what issues to look out for when signing on the dotted line. Although your organisation may not have much power to negotiate when signing contracts, especially standard form contracts, there are some key principles to consider. If a contract is too risky, your organisation can always choose not to sign. If your organisation is not incorporated, an individual will normally be required to sign a contract of behalf of the unincorproated group. This can mean that the individual is personally liable for rights and obligations under the contract. If this has become an issue, your group should consider incorporating.

    Contracts overview

    Consumer Guarantees and not-for-profit organisations



  • Project Management

    Project Management is the planning, organising, directing and controlling of resources for a relatively short-term objective, that has established to complete specific goals and objectives.

    5 Basic Phases of Project Management

    Project Brief Example

    Project Plan Example

    Project Budgets

    Project Management Template


  • Auspicing

    To ‘auspice’ means to provide support, sponsorship or guidance. The group or individual requiring support is known as the ‘auspicee’ and the incorporated organisation that auspices the group or individual is known as the ‘auspicor’. When using an auspice arrangement, the relationship is often described as one where the auspicee will be carrying out the project ‘under the auspices of’ the incorporated organisation – the auspicor. The auspicor receives funding or enters into relevant agreements for the auspicee.

    What is auspicing?

    Auspicing Agreement


    Guide to Auspice Agreement from