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Here's how we partner with peak bodies, member-based organisations and sector intermediaries to support your members and clients needs.

Our Alliance Partners Program is specifically designed to support our partners – sector peak bodies (member-based organisations), other intermediaries and specialist businesses. 

We provide priority service and support to our Alliance Partners, as well as our Specialists and their clients.

The program supports partners who care about their constituents and want to refer people confidently to proven, pre-vetted specialists who offer quality support, and who know and understand the sector. 

Our partners also value procurement from a trusted intermediary and social enterprise, from small business operators and from experienced committed sector professionals.


"Fundraising Institute Australia (FIA) has worked in partnership with The Xfactor Collective for the past 18 months.

"With a mission to support and bolster the Australian non-profit sector, they have provided support and care for our members and their needs with professionalism and passion.

"FIA is excited to continue to partner with The Xfactor Collective in assisting all Australian nfps to have strong, sustainable and best-practice revenue streams."

Katherine Raskob, CEO
Fundraising Institute Australia


How the program works


We work slowly to set up partnerships, to ensure we are values-aligned. We are guided by the following principles and values at the Collective:

  • We make every decision through a 5WIN prism – our practices must be a win for the client, the specialist, the partner, the beneficiaries that the client serves, and the wider sector/community
  • We conduct our Collective in alignment with good old fashioned values of accountability, transparency, honesty, trust, excellence, respect, fairness and kindness
  • We work to find the client the best possible solution based on their requirements and budget, and find the best possible fit for both the Specialist and the Client


Everyone is constantly asking how they can add value to their key stakeholders. Partnering with us, and helping make life easier for your members or clients, is one such way.

We are able to help value-add the relationship you have with your trusted members and clients. We take very good care of them to help connect them to the right type of support/services for their needs. It's good old-fashioned care, trust and support, something that we're bringing back in fashion! 


To support the partnership, we provide:

  • Dedicated Community Manager for new and existing project support 
  • Information about the Collective, and/or blogs/articles/videos for your member bulletins
  • Social media posts to share through your social media channels (and vice versa)
  • Special promotions on any programs
  • An opportunity for you to share any special offers from your organisation with our Specialists and Clients,
  • Invitation for your members to participate in free programming and/or research projects


To provide a positive experience for all stakeholders, we provide a wrap-around care practice to all projects. 

This is one of the features that sets us apart in the sector, and ensures that our Partners have peace of mind in referring their members/clients to the Collective:

  • We provide support to Specialists who are preparing/submitting Request for Proposals, EOI’s and Tender Submissions
  • We track the progress of projects in the Collective on a regular basis
  • We check in confidentially and separately with Clients and Specialists
  • We provide support to Clients and Specialists when they require additional Specialists to support the project
  • We encourage both Clients and Specialists to identify as early as possible any challenges within the project and/or working relationship, and we provide support for both parties to find the best possible way forward (if required


We catch up with you regularly, and provide you with a regular summary on the status of clients/projects referred by your organisation.

We request that you do not engage with our Specialists direct about the status of projects, and allow us to manage the internal communications and reporting.


The Xfactor Collective is not your average professional services network. We exist to improve the wellbeing of all social changemakers (Specialists, Clients and Partners), and to address some of the structural issues to lead to burnout in the sector, and the structural inequities in accessing support and advice in our sector.

When you engage/purchase services from the Collective, you are helping to support this mission. You enable us to put changemaker wellbeing on the sector reform agenda, and help us create resources and support for smaller organisations who often miss out on trusted support and advice. Read more about our Foundation here.

How we triage and support your members

When you refer your members to us, here's the process we follow to ensure their needs and support are met the whole way through.

We keep you abreast along the way, and provide regular reporting on the progress and outcomes.

2180 referral process diagram

Working with a specialist community


The Xfactor Collective community consists of pre-vetted specialist consultants and professional services businesses who operate in the social purpose sector.

All specialists in the Collective are independent owner-operators, who carry their own business insurances. They pay a fee to belong to the Collective, and they agree to a strict set of terms and conditions to be part of the community. On average, it takes three months to join the Collective, based on our tried and tested process and criteria, outlined below.


The following is a brief overview of the criteria and joining process:

  • All Specialists are owner-managed businesses (solo consultants, or small agencies/businesses)
  • All Specialists must have a minimum seven years’ experience in their area of specialisation (The average is 15-20 years’ experience) 
  • Specialists attend an Information Session before their EOI Application is assessed. After this, they have a 1:1 interview with the CEO/Founder to explore the fit.
  • We undertake seven reference checks for the Specialist to join the community 
  • Upon successful reference checking, Specialists undertake a three-month onboarding process into the community.


We currently have 55 specialist consultants and professional services in the Collective (and growing to 100). Our specialists deliver services in a range of ways, including consulting, outsourced teams, coaching/mentoring, small group trainings etc. We work with all types of organisations, at all stages and sizes.

We cover the following major specialisation areas, and at last count have over 300+ areas of sub-specialisations:

  • Governance, Organisational Strategy, Board Evaluation, Transformation
  • Risk Management, Intellectual Property, Insurance, Compliance
  • People and Culture, Human Resources, Recruitment, Leadership, Cultural Change, Diversity & Inclusion, Vicarious/Frontline Trauma
  • Mergers, Acquisitions, Demergers, Restructures, Change Management (Dive deeper here)
  • Corporate Social Responsibility, Corporate/Community Partnerships, Philanthropy, Grantmaking, Volunteering
  • Fundraising, Grants, Submissions, Bequests, Capital Campaigns, Outsourced Fundraising Teams, Appeals, Fundraising Events
  • Marketing, Business Development, Brand, Public Relations, Events, Annual Reports, Photography, Videography, Printing
  • Communications, Community Engagement, Market Research, Focus Groups, Data & Analytics
  • Accounting, Finance, Charity/DGR Set Up, Book-Keeping, Virtual CFO
  • Business Systems, IT, Apps, Process Improvement, Websites, CRM 
  • Outcomes Measurement and Evaluation, Theory of Change, Impact Measurement, Outcomes Reporting/Reports

You can also tap into packaged services such as our Outsourced Research (Data & Insights) package, designed for peak bodies, grantmakers and membership organisations.

Hear from others

Here's some perspectives from those who know us:

"The Collective as a whole is a truly remarkable and visionary community of specialists that really do care about social enterprise in Australia and helping those that need it most."


“We never thought we would, but we have engaged 8 different specialists from the Collective over the last 2 years to support our organisational growth and change. It has saved us time, money and heartache working with a community with our best interests at heart."


"The Concierge session helped create a Project Brief based on our needs, and identify suitable specialist support. A great initiative for our sector!"


"The Collective and Concierge support has been a wonderful and useful support. We have 4 different specialists working with us on key initiatives and they're great."


"It's great to have a quality alternative to the big advisory firms, that support the many talented specialists in Australia."


Find out more

To explore a pilot partnership with the Collective, please reach out directly in the first instance to the CEO/Founder, Julia Keady - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


"The Xfactor Collective has become an important partner for Social Traders.

"Its team of our vetted experts across 300 fields has been able to deliver on the breadth and depth of experience necessary to support our certified social enterprise community.

"The Xfactor Collective specialists have demonstrated they truly understand the dual roles of social enterprises as impact and commercial organisations, and have been able to practically scale support to ensure social enterprises receive value from the time and money invested.

"Julia Keady (CEO) and the rest of the team are an absolute pleasure to work with – they are responsive, understanding and flexible to the needs of Social Traders and our social enterprises.  I look forward to further evolving our partnership as we work together to provide the best outcomes for social enterprises."

Lisa Boothy, Executive Director
Social Traders

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