Community Directors Intelligence
The quarterly newsletter and monthly update for not-for-profit board members
These are the member publications of the Institute of Community Directors Australia (ICDA), Australia's leading resource for not-for-profit boards and committees. Members receive Community Directors Intelligence each quarter, with the emailed PDF newsletter containing all the news, analysis, and advice they need to be a better board member. Every other month, members get the Community Directors Update to be kept in the loop.
Members can download the full newsletters below, while prospective members can sample previews of each where available.
Members can also view previous copies of regular updates and emails.
Cracker calendar points the way
Discover the great events in our 2020 Festival of Community Directors, read from our not-for-profit "Roadmap", nab scholarship opportunities, learn how NFPs are responding to bushfires, and, get the best tips about whistleblowing and codes of conduct.
Sow some good
Start planning 2020 with this bumper 56-page edition. Here's a taste of what's happening at the home of community directors.
Make the right decisions more often with an edition that focuses on early findings from our NFP governance study, plus highlights from our "Practical Impact" conference and introducing our Case Watch series.
Communicate with clout
Better communications edition: Understand your audience, email marketing, media coverage, branding, data communications. Plus latest training in the Festival of Community Directors.
Your time starts now
Threats and opportunities edition: Plan your year, good governance, royal commission fallout, NFP SWOT by experts, accounting changes, ACNC's new approach
Connect to your community
Building strong social connections and the ability to use that strategically is among the biggest capability a not-for-profit can seek to master. We examine this, the role of community radio, the drop in the number of volunteer leaders and much more.
Cultivate your culture
Organisational culture, we all know, eats strategy for breakfast. We've drawn dozens of lessons from the Community Directors Conference, including the extraordinary cultural transformation of Greening Australia, and don't miss Susan Pascoe's blueprint for setting your cultural tone.
How to make a leader
Leadership can make or break your organisation. Poor leadership can destroy your income, your reputation and your mission. This edition presents international research and analysis, strategies, the views of effective leaders and access to many of the resources you'll need.
The keys to collaboration
We've spoken to legal and academic types, change merchants, not-for-profit movers and shakers, scrutinised case studies, and dipped into our library of resources to bring you this dossier. We present powerful alternatives to mergers, and show you how partnerships will help you survive tough times, and perform better.
What's your digital plan?
Here's a taste of our information and communications technology edition, with a multitude of ways to boost your technological abilities. If you like this preview, become a member and read the full edition.
Where's the money?
Not-for-profit fundraising is grindingly hard. In this edition of Board Builder, we examine two case studies where things went wrong and reveal three ways to keep your nose clean by asking the right questions. Plus, we profile a neighbourhood centre that’s built a nest egg for the day.
July 2017: The role of the chair
This edition is all about examining the role of the chair - the good, the bad, and the very bad.…Read more
May 2017: The hot topics edition
In this Board Builder, we’ve deployed the collective wisdom of the hundreds of board members who…Read more
March 2017: The Social Enterprise toolkit
In this issue of Board Builder, we cut through the hype, take a swig on our lukewarm Nescafé, and…Read more
Edition 5, 2016: Board Behaviour
It’s not always easy to talk about board behaviour. It’s highly subjective, it’s messy, it’s…Read more
Edition 3, 2016: Crisis Management
At this year’s Board Builder conference, attendees had the privilege of listening to one of the…Read more
Edition 2, 2016: Minutes Toolkit
Let’s talk about minutes. We know what you’re thinking – that sounds about as exciting as a bowl of…Read more
Edition 1, 2016: Renewal Through Recruitment
Not-for-profit boards face a lot of important tasks – setting strategic directions, leaning on…Read more
Edition 6, 2015: The Wisdom of the Chairs
Chairs have been around the block enough times to know a thing or two about managing a community…Read more
Edition 5, 2015: The Ethics Edition
In this issue of Board Builder, Dr Simon Longstaff writes that ethics, at its core, is about living…Read more
Edition 4, 2015: What's your Endgame?
In this issue of Board Builder, we present a groundbreaking essay by Alice Gugelev and Andrew…Read more
Edition 3, 2015: Saluting the Treasurer
Let’s tell it like it is. The job of a not-for profit treasurer is hard. Very hard. Quite often…Read more
Edition 2, 2015: Post-Conference Edition
Following this year's Conference, we cover the hot topics of the conference, distilling the lessons…Read more
Edition 1, 2015: Risk Management Toolkit
When we’re talking about risk, it’s easy to focus on the negatives. But it’s not all doom and…Read more
Edition 4, 2014: Board Basics Toolkit
To keep your organisation chugging along well, it's important to understand who's doing what (and…Read more
Edition 3, 2014: Annual General Meetings Toolkit
AGM season always brings a flurry of frantic activity from community boards across Australia. A…Read more
Edition 2, 2014: Annual Review Toolkit
Much like spring cleaning, an annual review of your organisation helps keep things feeling fresh…Read more