Enabling Community Projects to Thrive

by Project Australia

$4,896 pledged of $7,000 goal
Tipping Point: $4,000
Ultimate Goal: $7,000
$4,896 pledged of $7,000 goal
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Campaign Overview

We’re writing the handbook for successfully starting, scaling and sustaining Australian not-for-profit projects.

Thanks to incredible generosity and support, we made our tipping point!

If you've only just discovered this project and would like to contribute and/or grab a copy of the book, please visit: https://www.trycelery.com/shop/notforprofithandbook

and/or contact us via: [email protected]

We're happy to honour any of the listed 'perks'.


Imagine every time you had a great idea for creating or developing a community project, you knew where to turn for guidance.

At Project Australia, we’re taking the knowledge we’ve gained from working with over 150 community projects, and turning it into an easy-to-follow handbook; your companion for making a difference.

Filled with practical advice, resources and links, Not for Profit 2.0 will be the first book to outline, step-by-step, everything you need to know in order to successfully start, scale and sustain an Australian not-for-profit project or organisation in today’s digital world.

From our own experience, developing as a successful not-for-profit was a lot harder than it should have been. We stumbled through the process of incorporating our organisation, trialled three websites before getting it right, and it took us years until we knew how to run a not-for-profit enterprise.

All we really needed was some clear advice from the beginning. 

That’s why we’re writing Not for Profit 2.0; so that everyone who follows in our footsteps will benefit from what we’ve learned. By clarifying a range of issues and making it easy to find what you need, when you need it, our 100-page handbook will enable Australian not-for-profit projects to avoid common pitfalls and achieve success.

We believe in a brighter future for all Australians. Such a future relies on an integrated, efficient not-for-profit sector that is able to rapidly respond to the multitude of crises we collectively face.

Please share this campaign as widely as possible and chip in to help us reach our goal to make this book a reality by January 2014.

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What will be in the book?

How to Start

-Refining your idea and choosing the perfect name

-Mapping your existing strengths 

-Exploring where you ‘fit’ in your sector

-Understanding your legal options and requirements for incorporation

-Selecting an appropriate committee or board for your organisation

How to Scale

-Growing your organisation on a limited budget

-Developing as a financially sustainable, social enterprise

-Building your network and database in just a few months

-Using social media like an expert

-Developing websites, without any knowledge of the web 

-Selecting the best tools for managing your organisation

How to Sustain

-Keeping your volunteers and staff motivated

-Avoiding ‘mission drift’

-Engaging your membership

-Maintaining your emotional and financial health as a social innovator 

-Planning for life after the founder leaves

About the Author

Dr Donnie Maclurcan is the Founder and Executive Director of Project Australia, and has worked with hundreds of community groups and projects, worldwide. His published books include: The Sinking of the SIEV X, Nanotechnology and Global Equality, and Nanotechnology and Global Sustainability. His research has been translated into more than 20 languages.

About the Editor

Deb Singerman has over 25 years’ experience in Australia and abroad as a writer, editor, proof reader, content developer and manager. From concept to detail, she works with businesses to share their stories and expertise.



Tipping Point Goal: $4,000

Total Funding Goal: $7,000

All of the funds raised from this campaign will go towards researching, writing, editing and publishing the book, Not for Profit, 2.0.  Please see below for a summary of our budget.

Tipping point budget ($4000)

$1500 – Research, interviewing and writing by the author

$1000 – Layout, research and copyediting by the editor

$600 - Graphic design

$600 – Printing and distribution

$300 – Crowdfunding fees

If we pass the tipping point, we will use the additional funds to pay for more in-depth research, and a launch event.

About Us

Project Australia is a not-for-profit, incorporated association. Since starting in 2006, we have offered free support to over 150 Australian not-for-profits via SI Consulting, and helped people find what they need via the Start Good Stuff database. As a social enterprise, our work is sustained by paid consultancies, facilitation, presentations and events, along with regular donations from members of the public. We have never received government funding, and are not linked to any political party or religious group.

"If you want to make something happen, the journey starts with Project Australia."
Ravi Prasad, Founder, Friends with Things

“Project Australia’s advice was clear and to the point. It really helped us to take that step and solidify ourselves as part of the food movement in Sydney”. Alexandra Iljadica, Co-Founder, Youth Food Movement Australia

“Project Australia’s advice has been invaluable for providing the motivation we need to keep on going despite the many obstacles we face”. Jeremy Mah, Co-founder of the Centre for a New Australian Dream

Please connect with us via:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/projectaustralia 

Twitter: www.twitter.com/projectaus 

Website: www.projectaustralia.org.au 

Email: [email protected]