News & Commentary Straight from Think HQ

  • Commentary December 19, 2017

    Holiday season is fundraising season, but a helping hand could be what NFPs need

    Australia’s generosity is declining. A lack of spending recorded in recent months leaves us thinking about the impact this may have on the social change sector during the festive season.

    The Charities Aid Foundation World Giving Index 2017, released in September, ranked Australia sixth across the globe. That’s a drop of three places, knocking Australia out of the top five. We’ve been overtaken by Myanmar, Indonesia, Kenya, New Zealand and the USA.

    The outcomes of the 2017 CAF Giving Index, and low consumer spending, highlight the need to challenge thinking on how we frame giving for Australians who aren’t in a position to give money to charity. There are many opportunities to encourage Australians to participate in alternate ways and continue the dialogue about how Australians can make an impact at this time of year.

    For many not-for-profits, volunteers form the foundations of their organisations. The Australian Charities report 2016 found that 1.3 million Australians are employed...

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  • Commentary December 09, 2014

    The results are in: Not for profit sector delivers mixed bag of survey results

    Late last year, Think HQ undertook a research survey to gain an insight into the inner-workings of Australian not for profit (NFP) organisations, and the key opportunities and challenges they’re currently facing.

    Over 85 NFPs were represented in the survey, with participants from organisations including the Salvation Army, Melbourne Recital Centre, Spark* International, Save The Children, The Heart Foundation, Plan International, and Opportunity International Australia.

    Numerous sectors were also represented, including education, welfare/social services, community development, health and mental health, and disability and training.

    Of the individuals who took part in the survey, 27% identified as CEO or top-level executives, 18% as communications staff, 10% as marketing staff, 9% as development staff, and 3% as fundraising staff.

    Our findings revealed both good and bad news for the sector.

    SO, WHAT’S THE BAD NEWS?

    Budgets are tight…

    As expected, survey results confirmed that...

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  • Commentary November 27, 2014

    Our Top Five Tips For Not-For-Profit Communicators

    Late last year, Think HQ undertook some research, surveying organisations in the not for profit space. The aim? To identify the key communications opportunities and challenges facing Australia’s not for profits.

    Our research indicated that Australia’s not for profit sector is chronically understaffed, under funded and under resourced, especially when it comes to communications. As an agency well versed in the not for profit space and its typifying budget limitations, even we were surprised by the squeeze our research revealed.

    But it’s not all doom and gloom – our research also showed that not for profit organisations are well aware of the value of communications, and willing to invest their time in that space. They’re just mindful that any activity they undertake has to be efficient, measurable and effective.

    To that end, we at Think HQ have compiled a ‘Beginners Guide to Savvy Communications’ - a list of our top five tips to help not for profit organisations make the most of...

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  • Commentary October 15, 2014

    Four things marketers can learn from the Ice Bucket Challenge

    Chances are you’ve probably heard about the Ice Bucket Challenge (IBC), the viral phenomenon that raised over $100 million internationally for ALS/MND research, all by getting people to tip buckets of ice-cold water over their heads.

    In Australia, the Ice Bucket Challenge was championed by Laugh to Cure MND, a charity founded by Pat and Angie Cunningham earlier this year. The pair was also behind the first Ice Bucket Challenge World Record attempt, which took place at Etihad Stadium on 22 August.

    Think HQ was lucky enough to work with the Laugh to Cure MND team to help promote the World Record attempt – managing official social media accounts throughout the campaign, and securing significant media coverage in major metropolitan news outlets, including The Herald Sun, Melbourne mX, 7News, Channel 10’s The Project, and 3AW radio.

    Now that the steady stream of IBC participants has slowed to a trickle, it’s the perfect time to catch up with Pat and Angie, take a look back on the...

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