Driven by Purpose

Driven by Purpose

Author's Queen's Birthday honour

Australian charities advocate and Driven by purpose co-author Anne Robinson has been awarded the Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia in the Queens Birthday Honours list announced today (June 13, 2016). 

Ms Robinson received her award for: “...significant service to the community through regulatory and governance reform in the not-for-profit and charitable sectors, and to the law.”

She is the founder and principal of Prolegis Lawyers, provider of legal services to the not-for-profit sector. She has advised on corporate law, governance, charitable trust structuring and tax issues for the whole range of Australia's charitable institutions.

Ms Robinson also has 30 years' experience in governance of not-for-profit organisations, including as Director and Board Chair of World Vision Australia for 12 years until 2012. She was Deputy Chair of the Not-for-Profit Sector Reform Council and a member of the NFP Tax Concession Working Group (as established by the previous government). She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from Macquarie University.

In 2012 with Dr Stephen Judd and Felicity Errington, Anne Robinson co-authored the popular Australian charities and leadership book, Driven by purpose: Charities that make the difference. The book challenges charities and not for profits to face up to a crisis of identity that can lead to a loss of focus, direction and effectiveness. It also offers practical information of forming and running not -for-profit organisations.

Published by HammondCare Media, Driven by purpose was runner-up in the Australian Christian Book of the Year awards, 2013. To celebrate Ms Robinson's Order of Australia award, and to further share the important charities message and information it carries, Driven by purpose is available for a limited time for just $20 through HammondCare Media online shops.

Driven by Purpose: Charities that make the difference explores the crisis of identity at the heart of Australian charities and offers practical advice on rediscovering purpose that drives and shapes.

Stephen Judd, Anne Robinson and Felicity Errington delve into the "who" and the "why" central to the purpose of a charity. This book analyses the historical and social context of Australian charities and considers the relationship between charities and Australian society.

Organisation leaders, managers and those interested in the way charities can impact their communities will find Driven by Purpose a refreshing and practical approach to this important topic.

And while the book draws on Australian experience, the principles and approaches described are applicable across the globe, not only for charities or not-for-profit organisations, but for individuals interested living life on purpose.

In his foreword to the book, CEO of World Vision Australia, Tim Costello AO, says: 'Those who lead not-for-profit organisations, and those who guide and advise them, will benefit enormously from the practical leadership advice that Anne and Stephen present - advice based on extensive experience.' 

Driven by purpose was awarded second place in the Australian Christian Book of the Year award 2013. Read more

Driven by purpose is now also available as an ebook:

Volume discounts: 20 plus - $15.   50 plus - $10.

Product dimensions:

Softcover: 336 pages
Publisher: HammondCare Media (formerly HammondPress) May 2012
Language: English
ISBN: 978-0-9871892-3-3
Product Dimensions: 223 x 146 x 20 mm
Shipping Weight: 515 grams


“This is an especially timely book. It is also useful and therefore important because Judd and Robinson have identified a crisis facing Australian charities as one of identity; charities know not who they are or why they do what they do. Everyone involved in the sector should read it.” 

Donald McDonald AC, Chair, The Australiana Fund, 
formerly Chair, ABC and CEO of Opera Australia

Driven by Purpose provides a comprehensive and clear picture of the Australian non-profit market. But it’s much more than a needed analysis of how this complicated and nuanced sector works - it’s a call to arms about why efficiently run non-profits are the lubricant of a compassionate, civil society, and what needs to happen for them to be effective and purpose driven.” 

Michael Traill AM, Chief Executive, Social Ventures Australia 

“The book is a good read... it will be a work that will promote discussion and hopefully an improvement in outcomes for the sector.” 

James M. Millar, Chair, The Smith Family 

“This book is a thorough and thought-provoking review of the crucial roles of charities and the tenets of excellent leadership, management and governance that are needed to focus them on the delivery of their primary purposes.” 

Mike Hudson, Author, Managing Without Profit

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