What does SIMNA believe in?
SIMNA believes that organisational decisions should consider the social impact that activities have on society. Our aim is to work with members to build a powerful community of practice that can lead and shape the development of social impact measurement both in Australia and around the world.
Why did SIMNA incorporate?
SIMNA started in late 2012 and we have a thriving community of people interested in and applying social impact measurement across Australia. But to succeed and support social impact practitioners and investors to make better decisions, we need to evolve. Based on feedback from our supporters and the advice from our lawyers, we believe that formalising SIMNA’s governance structure is the next logical step in this journey. This means that we are becoming a non-profit company where our members can vote and have their say in SIMNA.
Who can be a member of SIMNA?
Anyone. Social impact measurement transcends the sector boundaries: we welcome members from all sectors: corporates, government departments, social enterprises and charities. We welcome organisational members, large and small, and individuals.
How much does it cost to be a SIMNA member?
General membership costs, per annum, large organisations (10 employees+), $500 per annum, small organisations (up to 10 employees) $250 and individuals, $60.
For more information, visit SIMNA membership.
To join SIMNA: Membership Form
Can I sponsor SIMNA?
Does SIMNA Ltd advocate a certain type of impact measurement process or methodology. If not, why not?
There are many different frameworks and tools that can be used for social impact measurement. We believe that there needs to be a forum where these methods are shared and debated, so that the best methodologies and tools can be used and developed. Our network includes practitioners from a number of established methodologies and others who are looking to develop their own tools for use in specific sectors.
We want to create a group of like-minded people who can shape and influence practice both in Australia and around the world. Our aim is to benefit society by prioritising social change in decision making.
Why is SIMNA Ltd affiliated with Social Value International?
Social Value International was formed in late 2014 as the merger between two internationally respected networks: the Social Impact Analysts Association (SIAA) and the Social Return on Investment (SROI) Network. It is the largest international network for social impact professionals and links with over 45 countries around the world.
At its core it is the same as SIMNA: a group of people who want to benefit society by including social change in decision making. It is also a group that is member led and works collaboratively with all international associates and affiliates to advocate for better measurement. Social Value International, and SIMNA, advocate for the appropriate use of the Seven Principles of Social Value.
What are the benefits of linking with SVI?
SIMNA members will have a significant role to play in shaping and influencing best practice, not only in Australia, but around the world. As part of SVI, we are better able to support members here in Australia and for them to influence international work and developments. SIMNA members will have access to SVI’s online tools and resources.
How can I contribute to the work of SIMNA?
There are many ways to get involved with SIMNA. We are a member led organisation, so let us know your ideas and what you are interested in, however big or small, and we can make it happen. For example, you could get involved in your local state chapter, contribute to our newsletter or website, or nominate for position on the Board.
Who do I go to if I have other questions about SIMNA?
Please don’t hesitate to contact the current Board, Matt Bevan, Simon Faivel or Russ Wood if you have any other questions. If your enquiry is about our website or newsletter, please contact Christina Jarron.