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Stay up to date on all the Stand3ftBack news including progress of development of our Good360 – Australia project.

The product philanthropy operating model takes donations of excess stocks that may otherwise end up as landfill and makes them available to bona fide charities through a controlled web portal, allowing corporations to meet social responsibility goals, doing good for the environment and freeing charities up to concentrate on their core concerns

 

VISIONARY ENTREPRENEUR RENATA COOPER JOINS STAND 3FT BACK ADVISORY BOARD

Posted by on May 3, 2013 in News | 0 comments

Renata Cooper Founder & CEO of Forming Circles, a social and ethical investment company, joins the advisory board of Stand 3ft Back showing her commitment to assist launch Good360 Australia. A visionary entrepreneur, Renata is committed to turning ideas into reality. It is not a surprise then, when asked to assist in establishing Good360 in Australia, Renata was the first to provide financial assistance.

Renata Cooper founded Forming Circles, in 2011 with a desire to inspire change in the way we do business through the power of giving.  Forming Circles pioneers change in Australia through community engagement; education, mentorship and grants for small business; and as an advocate of education and literacy through Written Portraits an annual writing competition for teenagers.  Committed to empowering people and ideas, through Forming Circles, Renata Cooper has invested in over 70 local and national businesses, individuals and organisations since its inception.

Renata Cooper explains

“The Good360 model has the potential to change the face of giving in Australia. Being pioneering, many traditional sources of funding do not have the vision to see this unique opportunity. It takes equal parts visionary and equal parts driving passion from a dedicated entrepreneur like Alison Covington to make significant change in the world. I greatly admire the project, for the significant change and benefit Good360 Australia will have redistributing excess product to those that need it most whilst avoiding this excess product going to landfill.  This is a win for social good and the environment and that is why I am prepared to back Alison Covington both with financial resources and my commitment as an advisory board member.”

Director of Stand3ftBack, Alison Covington agrees.

“Working with Renata Cooper provided us with the much needed initial funding required to start a charitable model such as this. Funding that had previously been out of reach. On average, Good360 delivers $70 worth of goods for every dollar donated. We are providing a model that is efficient, innovative and doesn’t replicate other services. We are pleased that Renata was quick to recognise that by funding our charitable model it enables all other charities giving greater impact for charitable donations and we welcome the addition of Renata, a respected business leader, to our advisory board to strengthen our ties to the business and charity community

Sefiani supports innovative charity launch in Australia

Posted by on Apr 29, 2013 in News | 0 comments

Sefiani Communications Group has added another pro bono client to its roster with the addition of Stand3ftBack, a Sydney firm currently working to launch US-based charity Good360 in Australia.

Sefiani will provide pro bono strategic communications advice to Stand3ftBack and will manage all media around the launch of Good360. In addition, Sefiani Associate Director, Francesca Boase, will join the board of the Australian branch of the charity as a non-executive Director.

Sefiani’s expert team will work in partnership with Alison Covington, Director of Stand3ftBack, to develop and promote product philanthropy in Australia – matching corporate ‘waste’ with charitable need, making a difference to the corporate bottom line while helping charities across the country.

Stand3ftBack is the latest pro bono client to be taken on by the agency, which has a significant record of supporting a range of worthy causes on a pro bono or reduced fee basis. In the 13 years since Sefiani’s inception, not-for-profit organisations supported include Special Olympics Australia, Australia for UNHCR, OneSight, 40K Foundation Australia and Seeing is Believing.

Commenting on the new partnership, Sefiani Associate Director, Francesca Boase, says:

“When we were approached by Alison, we had absolutely no hesitation in saying yes to helping businesses to safely dispose of excess inventory while supporting worthy causes.

“To be involved from the start of such a significant innovation in the charitable and retail sectors is a real opportunity and privilege. We’re looking forward to an enduring partnership.”

Director of Stand3ftBack, Alison Covington, agrees:

“We have a really compelling story to tell, and are certain the Sefiani team has the expertise and commitment to effectively tell it.  I’m personally delighted an agency of such calibre has come on board to support the Stand3ftBack and Good360 concept.”

CORRS CHAMBERS WESTGARTH LENDS SUPPORT TO GOOD360 AUSTRALIA

Posted by on Apr 10, 2013 in News | 0 comments

Corrs Chambers Westgarth have signed on as the exclusive providers of pro bono legal advice to Stand3ftBack and are already working hard to launch Good360 in Australia.

Recognised nationally for their tireless commitment to the broader community, Corrs has a community engagement agenda that is diverse and far-reaching. The firm provides pro bono advice for disadvantaged individuals and groups that might otherwise not have access to legal representation as well as charitable and not-for-profit organisations.

It is not surprise then, that when asked to assist in establishing Good360 in Australia, the firm jumped at the chance. Heidi Roberts, Partner and Pro Bono National Manager, Corrs Chambers Westgarth explains.

“The Good360 model has the potential to change the face of giving in Australia. Unfortunately because it is ground-breaking, the amount of legal resources (and funds) required to set it up are out of reach for most not-for-profits. Aware that this could prevent Stand3ftBack in turning their great idea into a reality, Corrs were keen to help.”

Director of Stand3ftBack, Alison Covington agrees.

“Working with a world class firm like Corrs will provide the much needed legal resources required to provide a charitable model such as this. Resources that would be, out of the reach, financially of a start-up like ours. We are providing a model that is efficient, innovative and doesn’t replicate existing services. Corrs recognized our model is pioneering and will benefit the entire charitable sector and we are grateful to have partners such as them who share our vision.”

www.corrs.com.au

 

Peter Forrester, Partner, Deloitte Australia joins Stand 3ft Back Advisory Board

Posted by on Dec 3, 2012 in News | 0 comments

Peter Forrester, Partner, Deloitte Australia, has joined Stand 3ft Back Advisory Board, signalling his commitment to support founder Alison Covington in executing her vision based on the incredible success of Good360(USA) . Stand 3ft Back is establishing this charity model in Australia, an e-commerce model connecting Not For Profit charities to corporate donations with the aim of serving Australians in need.

Alison Covington founder of Stand 3ft Back said,  ”I am particularly excited to be able to work with Peter and I look forward to the support and expertise executive team members from Deloitte, Xenia Delaney and Michele Hartman will provide in the areas of financial accounting and tax and welcome Peter Forrester as a valuable member of our advisory board”.

Peter Forrester, Managing Partner Deloitte Western Sydney.

Peter is the Managing Partner of the Deloitte Western Sydney office and sits on the firm’s National Assurance & Advisory Executive. With 20 years in professional services he has held several senior leadership roles within Deloitte.

As a registered company auditor, Peter’s client experiences and skills transcend both publicly listed and private companies. His ability to deal with highly complex issues affecting growth companies is highly regarded and he has led a number of large transactions including acquisitions, due diligence and transaction support for capital raisings and initial public offerings.

Peter’s stewardship of the Deloitte Western Sydney practice over the past six years has resulted in the business tripling in size, driven by a focus on client service, responsiveness and accessibility that can only be delivered by one of the world’s largest professional service firm operating locally in serving Western Sydney business.

 

Stand 3 Ft Back Appoints Respected Online Leaders to Their Advisory Board

Posted by on Oct 29, 2012 in News | 0 comments

Monday, 29 October 2012

Today, in a move that further demonstrates the merit and local support of launching our initiative in Australia; Paul Greenberg, Co-Founder & Director DealsDirect Group and Carl Hartmann, Managing Director & CEO of Temando, have joined Stand 3 Ft Backs’ Advisory Board, collaborating with founder Alison Covington. Their appointment aims to assist Alison and the Stand 3 Ft Back team in spearheading its Australian operation which focuses on helping underprivileged Australians, through connecting corporate donations to relevant charities, completely online. Alison Covington said, “I am excited to welcome Paul & Carl onboard. It takes market leaders and the best of industry to bring this project to fruition and we have two of the best joining our Advisory Board. Paul’s experience as the pioneer and leader in e-commerce in Australia will a valuable asset to grow business. Carl is a well known and highly respected e-commerce, fulfilment and logistics industry specialist. Together their combined expertise will be a tremendous benefit in establishing this unique concept in Australia.”

 

Carl Hartmann, Managing Director & CEO of Temando.

Carl is responsible for driving the vision and strategy of Temando, www.temando.com the leading shipping & fulfillment software platform that powers over 20,000 of the world’s largest brands and retailers. Carl is a natural leader, commercially astute and highly qualified. He has a background in consumer goods retail with Dick Smith Electronics and JB HiFi before working in a variety of senior business development roles in News Corporation and Fairfax Digital. Well known and networked within the eCommerce community, Carl is also a monthly contributor to the Power Retail industry journal and undertakes numerous presenting roles at key eCommerce conferences. Carl has a Bachelor of Business Management majoring in Marketing and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology & International Relations

Paul Greenberg, Co- Founder & Director DealsDirect Group

Paul co-founded DealsDirect.com.au in late 2004 and has held various roles in the group including CEO and Chairman. Paul is a registered psychologist in Australia with a keen interest in organizational and consumer psychology. He was the winner of the Online Retailer Industry Recognition Award in 2011.  He is the CEO of the recently incorporated National Online Retailers Association ( NORA). An ambassador for the National Broadband Network (NBN), encouraging government investment in technology. Paul has been working in ecommerce in Australia since the late 90’s. Affectionately dubbed the “grandfather of online retail”, he is a passionate advocate of Australian consumer direct ecommerce models. His first foray into ecommerce was as eBay Australia’s first trading assistant under the brand Auctionbrokers.

Press Release

Posted by on Jun 8, 2012 in News | 0 comments

Is Product Philanthropy – the new buzz word.

It is an expression, which is getting a lot of buzz around town in the United States and around the globe thanks to Good360 www.about.good360.org  , but in Australia many Australians are still trying to get their tongues around it and Alison Covington – Director, Stand 3ft Back, is on a mission to change that.

Why bring Good360 and Product Philanthropy to Australia? The Good360 operating model essentially takes donations of excess stocks that may otherwise end up as landfill and makes them available to bona fide charities through a controlled web portal, allowing corporations to meet social responsibility goals, doing good for the environment and freeing charities up to concentrate on their core concerns.

Alison Covington says we know Australian companies have big hearts; we have witnessed this during times of disaster. The Good360 charity model will help us co-ordinate these donations not just during disaster but all year round and take it to the next level with an online platform never seen before.  If you consider eBay links those who have to those who want,  Good 360 links those who have to those who need.

Stand 3ft Back, has also entered discussions with In Kind Direct, The Princes Charity in the UK (www.inkinddirect.org/about  ) who works closely with Good360 and function with a similar operating model.

It is HRH Prince Charles’ desire to see In Kind Direct work with Good360 to develop a working model for Australia and other Commonwealth countries.  Covington says with the expertise from Good360 and In Kind Direct, a cutting edge yet simple product philanthropy model will be established by Stand 3ft Back in Australia easing the fund raising burden on Australian charities by making millions of dollars of product philanthropy available to them online, ultimately assisting thousands of underprivileged Australians.

The Good360 operating model does also require funds. To this end, we are seeking funding to establish a management team and fully develop a business plan. Covington is now on the first round of seeking seed funding and invites Australians to join us in the circle of giving, finding a way that they can help us help others.  “It is such a great concept, when I tell my story I am like a magnet, everyone wants to connect, they want to join our circle of giving. I know ‘Product Philanthropy’ will be rolling off the tongues of Australians soon, I just know it. Watch this space. “Alison Covington

For more information please contact:

Alison Covington | Director Stand 3ft Back | 0419 423 097

alison@stand3ftback.com.au
www.stand3ftback.com.au

View the pdf version of this press release.