Festival of Community Directors to return bigger and better in 2020

Posted on 18 Nov 2019

By Lachlan Pollock, Our Community

As the door closes on the 2019 Festival of Community Directors, the Institute of Community Directors Australia (ICDA) is excited to announce that the festival will return in 2020 - with a new training calendar focused on a new suite of topics.

Our Community group managing director Denis Moriarty said the festival had an incredible reception from the Australian community sector in its inaugural year.

"We were very happy to see the response to the 2019 Festival of Community Directors, with individuals and organisations throughout Australia taking up the opportunity to be a part of it."

"The response to the themed weeks and timely webinars, such as Organising a Great Annual General Meeting in early July and Taking Minutes in early August, showed us that community directors are looking for topical guidance throughout the year."

"When I look at the uptake, I see that we achieved our goal of making the community sector stronger through working together."

"For community organisations, working together towards a common goal makes sense."

"In the 2020 iteration of the festival, we'll be ensuring once again that the resources we publish and the training we offer are topical for the particular time of year at which they run."

Planning is well under way for the 2020 Festival of Community Directors, and ICDA can now reveal some of the highlights to look out for when the full program becomes available later this year:

Our Community's Denis Moriarty.

  • Eleven opportunities to earn a scholarship for the Diploma of Business (Governance)
  • 30+ training webinars - available anywhere you can access the internet
  • Wider geographical spread, with Rethinking Governance for the Disability Sector training available in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney
  • Access to even more experts and expertise, thanks to a growing number of partnerships.

"When we say the festival will be back bigger and better next year, we really mean that," said Mr Moriarty.

"Make sure you keep an eye and an ear out for the full 2020 calendar, which will be launched in the coming months."

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There's still time to catch up on the 2019 festival

As we plan for the 2020 Festival of Community Directors, you can still access the back-catalogue from 2019 - we've got a year's worth of webinars, help sheets and books available for you to watch and read.

Not sure where to look? Here's a summary of highlights from the year, with links:

April's Not-for-Profit Insurance Week, an initiative of Aon and Our Community, saw the production of three webinars aimed at answering questions about insurance and risk management in the not-for-profit sector.

In May, ICDA partnered with Brett de Hoedt from Hootville (pictured) for a communications-focused week. Brett's e-books will help you to understand and influence your audience like never before: check out his Media Savvy: Gaining media coverage to win hearts, minds and wallets; Email Marketing Savvy: A better life through email, and The Conversion Formula.

In September, ICDA teamed up with CommBank for Not-for-Profit Finance Week, which saw more than 4000 community sector staff and volunteers participating in webinars on board management, cyber-security, accounting standards and fundraising.