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2018 will bring opportunity for three non-profit leaders to benefit from this unique social sector leadership program

 The NonProfit Alliance (NPA) and the Australian Scholarships Foundation (ASF) have announced the recipients of their 2018 Leadership Hub Scholarships at their final Keynote Speaker series for 2017. The 2018 recipients are:

  • Mr Shane Nichols, CEO at Good Return
  • Ms Elizabeth Svoboda, Executive Manager & Company Secretary – NSW Police Legacy
  • Mr Jason Juretic, CEO at Sydney Stepping Stone

The Leadership Hub is the brainchild of NPA co-founders, Carmel Molloy and Kelly Beaumont, who have each held CEO and Executive roles in the sector and between them have more than 35 years’ experience working with local and international not-for-profit organisations, including World Society for the Protection of Animals, UN Refugee Agency UNHCR, Camp Quality, Redkite and Kids Help Line.

ASF is the only Australian organisation solely focused on funding and facilitating scholarships for Australian not-for-profit directors and staff to undertake education, training and mentoring programs that improve their ability to lead and manage their organisations.

Molloy says, “These scholarships support the ASF initiative to enhance the management and accountability of not-for-profit organisations and we are delighted to collaborate with ASF to offer this opportunity to some of the amazing social sector leaders based here in NSW.

Research shows that one of the most successful ways leaders can improve their performance is by sharing insights and practical advice with peers who grasp their industry’s distinct challenges and complexities.”

Applications were opened in November for consideration for three scholarships for the 2018 program. Senior level executives who work in non-profit and social purpose organisations, and are leadership/executive/senior team members within their respective organisations (both paid and unpaid roles) were eligible to apply.

Applications received were of a high standard and the decision to award this year’s scholarships was difficult. The final decision was made by a peer judging panel of NPA current members who looked at those applicants who met the key selection criteria, which included being unable to secure funding through their own organisation; being able to articulate how the NPA peer2peer network can enhance their leadership journey and their willingness to be open and transparent – and sometimes vulnerable – in a collaborative, shared learning environment.

ASF CEO, Sam Sayers, added “The calibre of applicants for our NPA Leadership Hub scholarships has been extremely high, reflecting the quality of leadership we have in the social sector today.  ASF is delighted to be able to assist sector leaders to participate in this innovative peer-to-peer mentoring program, to further develop their skills and capacity.”

“The NPA’s Leadership Hub is designed exclusively for Australia’s not-for-profit sector,” says Beaumont. “That unique focus creates an environment of trust and openness in which our leaders can help each other grow, innovate and create new standards of professionalism. We are looking forward to welcoming our new members in 2018 and helping them to develop and prosper on their leadership journey.”

Jane Ferrier

One Comment

  • Philip Neale says:

    Hi, I was interested to read the work being done here. I am Phil Neale and act as the Executive Director of Finance, CFO and Co Sec for a charity in Nerang, Queensland. I am about to complete my last unit of an MBA and the research I am planning for next year January to April 2018 is an exploratory project. The purpose of this research project is to gain an insight into the effects, whether positive or negative of collaboration, transparency, openness and trust between dissimilar charities and not-for-profit organisations. The chairperson of the charities will be interviewed via a qualitative survey via a web-based platform to gain some initial insights and feelings of their willingness to be open and share knowledge.
    The underlying theme will be whether knowledge sharing by open collaboration has a positive effect on financial sustainability.
    I wonder if I could approach either the chairpersons or CEO’s or senior executives of your NPA network to establish some insights and progress my research?