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What about us?

Have you heard that PwC recently announced a global investment of $3 billion in people development? They understand that the world in which they operate is moving at such a pace; they cannot hire fast enough to serve it. Upskilling every PwC employee is a commitment to ensuring not one staff member is left behind.

Globally experts have identified investing in people and leadership as a critical factor in the ability of the social sector to build sustainability and positive social and environmental change. Yet our sector steadfastly fails to nurture our NFP leaders. Why is this? Is it a lack of resources? Are we strapped for time? Or perhaps it’s a belief that we don’t deserve it. Or shouldn’t be seen investing in ourselves? That the ‘nice to haves’ are for our corporate peers.

NFP work is hard, and yet the Australian social sector continues to attract talented, thoughtful, passionate and experienced people at every level, including to its leadership ranks. We’re working to improve the most persistent and challenging issues facing the community; poverty, illness, environmental crises – the list goes on. A prosperous, sustainable society depends in large part on our organisations and the ability of our leaders to deliver on mission. But where is the support and investment in the NFP people who do this work?

Our NPA Members are amongst the lucky ones – or should I say the smart ones – who understand the immense value of surrounding themselves with peers who can help them realise their purpose, so much more effectively than doing it alone. And the Members who reap the greatest value are those that maximise every opportunity to tap into the brains trust, that is their NPA Leadership Hub.

As our community grows the level of support and collaborative bonds that we see building amongst our Members is heartening. When our recent survey saw 89% Members agree that “NPA provides professional and emotional support from my peers that I don’t get anywhere else” we are reassured that we are providing a vital service to our sector leaders.

Our community is for leaders like you. From CEOs through to Senior Managers, there is the monthly peer2peer NPA Leadership HUB program for senior executives and the NPA Coaching Program to support our aspiring NFP leaders of tomorrow.

You don’t have to go it alone. The NPA Community is here, ready to help you to invest in yourself and your organisation. Talk to us, or come along for a complimentary Discovery Day to experience the power of the NPA Leadership HUB for yourself.

Make 2020 the year you invest in yourself – and be loud and proud to announce it!


Jane Ferrier