LV & Greatconnections: More support for Victoria's NFP organisations

16 April 2012 By Stefan Grun

Joint Statement - 16 APRIL 2012



Leadership Victoria’s (LV) Executive Director Richard Dent and Greatconnections’ Founding Patron Lynne Landy announced today the merger of the organisations’ volunteer-matching and related operations.  The Greatconnections program, including its not-for-profit clients, and volunteers will have a new home as part of LV, leading to a stronger, more viable operation dedicated to supporting the not-for-profit sector and encouraging professional volunteerism.

The combined organisation aims to become the leading co-ordinator of strategic skilled volunteer services for the not for-profit sector, build the sector’s capacity, and provide meaningful experiences for professional volunteers that support their wellbeing. The program will continue to focus on connecting skilled mature-age volunteers to provide service to NFP organisations.

LV is also delighted to announce that Greatconnections’ Founding Patron Lynne Landy will join LV as a Council Member.

Since 1995, LV has run Skills Bank – a program connecting the expertise of LV’s 1,000 plus Alumni with Not-For-Profit (NFP) organisations in need of support. Similarly, Greatconnections connects volunteers who have professional skills and business experience with NFP organisations.

Mrs Landy launched Greatconnections in 2006 during her time at Government House when her husband John Landy was Governor of Victoria. During her years at Government House Mrs Landy hosted monthly lunches for women who were leaders in the community – exposing her to many NFP groups and their many needs – leading her to launch a program to assist mature-aged professionals to volunteer their skills in the NFP sector.

“This program went on to become Greatconnections – recognising the depth of experience that mature professionals have accumulated and link these volunteers with NFP organisations in need of support.” Mrs Landy said. “I am so excited that this idea will get an opportunity to grow even further through this connection with Leadership Victoria.”

LV will continue to run the the Greatconnections’ service on an ongoing basis, creating one combined social impact program that is dedicated to supporting the NFP sector and encouraging professional volunteerism.

The change will come into effect from 1 May 2012 when Greatconnections will commence relocating to LV’s offices in the Old Treasury Building in Spring Street, Melbourne.

“Both organisations believe civic engagement and voluntary contribution to social justice, human rights, environmental, arts, sporting and other community issues are vital to the social capital of Victoria and the wellbeing of Victorians.” Mr Dent said.

“LV is confident that by bringing the two groups of skilled volunteers together that NFPs will benefit from the larger spectrum of potential volunteers.”

“In addition, we look forward to welcoming Greatconnections’ bank of volunteer client managers, who work creatively to ensure Greatconnections’ projects for NFPs meets the objectives of both the community group and the volunteer. This aspect of the Greatconnections’ service model is the main reason for its success.”

“LV prides itself on developing leaders who deliver social impact in our community. We are excited that this development will allow us to further enhance our reach and drive even more positive change in Victoria and beyond.” Mr Dent said.


About Greatconnections:

Greatconnections is a NFP organisation that connects mature volunteers who have professional skills and business experience with NFP organisations in need of help. Launched at Government House Melbourne in February 2006, Greatconnections was founded by Lynne Landy, the wife of the former Governor John Landy, with the purpose of creating and nurturing a new team of volunteers amongst the more skilled, experienced mature members of the community to contribute to the NFP sector.

About Leadership Victoria:

Leadership Victoria (LV) is an independent NFP organisation which develops leaders for social impact, and utilises those leaders to make positive change across Victoria.  Established in 1990, Leadership Victoria's Alumni number almost 1,000, and are in influential roles throughout Victoria's corporate, government and NFP sectors. LV Alumni contribute many thousands of volunteer hours per year to LV’s social impact programs including Skills Bank.

For information please contact:

Richard Dent, Executive Director – Leadership Victoria on 0418 318 453 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            0418 318 453      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Rosi Lever, Chair – Greatconnections on 0437 376 766 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            0437 376 766      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Stefan Grun, Marketing and Communications Manager – Leadership Victoria on 0412 104 344 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            0412 104 344      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

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