July 20, 2022

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The world has changed since the concept of ‘charity’ first emerged. Many non-profits are now firmly focused on social impact, measured over years or decades. To support organisations to create an authentic and sustainable difference, we must provide the next generation of leaders with the tools to continue this important work.

Charity is not just about giving money; it is also about giving time and expertise. Many social impact organisations have found that sharing knowledge is the most effective way for people to get involved in local communities. By supporting initiatives at the grassroots level, these organisations offer mentorship and support to help communities reach their full potential.

On the leadership side of this equation, some non-profits have succeeded in developing a solid and experienced network of volunteers who can help train and mentor others. But these organisations also need individuals with a deep commitment to social change, who are ready to take on more significant leadership roles, often as officers or executives. There remains a shortage of trained and skilled individuals to provide this level of leadership. As a result, organisations are investing in developing their future leaders internally, however, many non-profits don't have the resources or capacity to oversee the training and development of more than a handful of people at a time.

This presents a problem for non-profits and for those who want to lead them. The reality is that programs fail to change at the same pace as the world around them. And when volunteers are running programs, it is difficult for grant makers and other external parties to get involved or provide support — as this requires time and resources. Potential future leaders may pass up opportunities to engage in meaningful social change work because they don't have the skills or knowledge to move forward or stay engaged. Or they might move on – to other non-profits, or a different sector – leaving a capability shortage in the organisation.

So where should motivated people with talent and drive turn when they're ready to lead? One solution is through programs that give people the training and development they need, along with opportunities to step into leadership roles. This allow organisations to mentor and train individuals with various skills and goals, and to retain talent in the long-term. It also allows non-profit organisations to develop leaders committed to social change, rather than those who 'just want a job'. And it provides additional opportunities for grant makers, foundations, and others outside the community network to actively support leaders that are committed to making a difference.

The Happiness Project

Through the Happiness Project, Team Management Systems supports the development of our next generation of leaders. This goal is achieved by supporting registered charities that provide future leaders with the opportunity to develop their leadership skills.

Through The Happiness Project, TMS provides an annual donation of up to 10 self-rater profiles to each TMS Accredited Practitioner, up to a total contribution of AUD$10,000 per annum. In addition, for groups of 10 or more, TMS provides a 20% discount on the wholesale price of profiles used by accredited practitioners through The Happiness Project. All ACNC-registered charities can also access this discount with prior approval from TMS.

To learn more about The Happiness Project, go HERE.

July 20, 2022

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