The way human services are funded is changing. There are new opportunities for community service organisations, but risks too. Do charitable providers have to choose between the money and the mission, or can we balance both?

The Brotherhood is undertaking a research program to work out how community organisations can successfully adapt while remaining true to our social mission. It will investigate:

  • the impact of human services contracting on the independence of the community services sector
  • how community service organisations can build productive working relationships with governments to end poverty in Australia
  • how large and small organisations can work together rather than compete for reduced funding
  • how community organisations can work through the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) to empower individuals in their communities.

Contact: Danielle Thornton dthornton(at)


Shelley Mallett, Danielle Thornton and David Bryant 2018, Steering social innovation: community agencies and the commissioning of Education First Youth Foyers, case study written for and published by the Case Program, The Australia and New Zealand School of Government, 


Danielle Thornton, David Bryant and Shelley Mallett 2018, Making the leap: a practical guide to inter-agency collaboration (PDF, 1.2 MB)

The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) acknowledges and understands its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and recognises that all children and young people have the right to be treated with respect and care, and to be safe from all forms of abuse. BSL has a zero tolerance towards child abuse.
Read the official statement signed by the Executive Director.

The Brotherhood recognises the harm that family violence causes and that freedom from violence is a basic human right.
We will support our staff, volunteers, clients and the community if they experience violence.

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The Brotherhood of St Laurence acknowledges and recognises the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live and work, and we pay our respects to their Elders both past and present.

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