Case Study:
Sharing our values and governance systems to build community capacity
 
Alcoa in partnership with Our Community, an award-winning social enterprise that provides resources, training, advice and tools for Australia's 700,000 community groups and schools, supports the Australian Institute of Community Practice and Governance (AICPG).
 
Our partnership focuses on using our capacity to work with people from communities to expand their knowledge and skill base with the aim of taking that knowledge back to their own communities where it can really make a difference.

This support is just one example of our work in helping build capacity in the community. We partner a variety of organisations designed to empower and grow communities. For more information go to the Social – Partnering Stronger Communities section.
 
Just as expectations of the corporate sector have changed over the years, the community sector is rapidly changing with expectations of volunteers, community-based managers and governance bodies intensifying.
 
The AICPG with the support of the Alcoa Foundation, has developed a suite of affordable, practical training to help community sector staff, volunteers and supporters keep abreast of their governance responsibilities.
 
All training is delivered by experienced, engaging community sector practitioners, and has been road-tested in the field to guarantee its relevance and applicability at the coalface.
 
More than 27,000 individuals working and volunteering in the community sector gained certification in the area of governance, through the AICPG.
 
Alcoa also provided 100 scholarships for representatives to attend Our Community's annual Communities In Control conference.
 
In 2007, 37 key Alcoa community partners were selected to participate and at the end of 2007, the 100 Our Community scholarships funded by the Alcoa Foundation resulted in a positive community outcome for 78,810 individuals.
 
“Congratulations Alcoa and the Alcoa Foundation.  Alcoa has set a great example of corporate support. It’s not just about providing financial support but using its capacity to work with people from communities and expand their knowledge and skill base with the main aim of taking that knowledge back to their own communities where it can really make a difference.
 
“The Alcoa Community Partner and Governance Scholarships have set a new benchmark in how companies can support communities and community groups and are a great acknowledgement of the work these people are doing in their own communities. They also recognise their standing as leaders who can spread the knowledge, spread the skills and spread the inspiration.
 
“These scholarships are just one example of Alcoa’s work in helping build capacity in the community. Alcoa partners with a variety of organisations on projects designed to empower and grow communities."
 
Denis Moriarty, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer Our Community.




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