Rise recently took part in the FaCS Staff Exchange Program where we were fortunate enough to have a FaCS Direct Agency Support member, Sophie Parnell, visit our operations at Rise, and for our CFO, Polly Klante, to benefit from a reciprocal visit to the FaCS team at their offices.
Rise were excited to have Sophie visit us, as she was able to engage with teams from all of our core service areas plus our corporate team. In particular, the teams were able to share their experiences in submitting recent tenders and of how they work together with the various Government agencies that fund us. It was a great opportunity to share the general issues we face, what works and what has room for improvement.
On the return visit, Polly was able to get a good understanding of the various teams within FaCS and what role they all play in bringing about the DCSP Policy initiatives. A highlight of the day was a mock tender evaluation process which gave a good insight into the process that the various government agencies are following once they receive tender applications from NFPs such as ourselves, and what they are looking for in an application.
Rise feels fortunate to have been a part of this innovative program and learning experience and strongly believes that it can only help improve the working relations ships between NFPs and Government agencies as we all work together to provide great outcomes for our communities.