Surviving to Thriving – Not for Profit Leadership Consortium

In order to move from surviving to thriving, Not for Profits will need to think and approach a culture of philanthropy differently. In this session, we will discuss the new workplace frontier and how to rebuild trust, mitigate risk and inspire donor advocacy.

This workshop will explore:

  • Workplace redesign – understanding the duties and responsibilities under new compliance and how approaching this in the right way will improve trust and respect within the business and within the community.
  • Safeguarding our people moving beyond compliance to compassionate care with all stakeholders and what this means to the bottom line.
  • Managing upwards – how to build the business case for a “people first” strategy that moves beyond “talk” to action
  • What positive impacts can we expect to see from donors and advocates? What is new in the industry?
  • How does this challenge, redefine your definition of a “culture of philanthropy”?

While all attendees are welcome, this event is tailored towards CEOs, Chairs, Board Directors, and C-suite executives in Not for Profit Sector.


About Nigel Harris, Managing Director at Nigel Harris & Associates

Nigel Harris is an established and recognised non-profit sector leader with a strong focus on philanthropy and fundraising leadership. In a career spanning 40 years, Nigel has held executive roles for over 30 years, most notably as Chief Executive Officer of the Mater Foundation. Joining Mater Foundation in 1996, Nigel oversaw revenue growth from $2m to $73m, establishing the Foundation as one of Australia’s largest health based fundraising entities and a major funder of medical research and clinical initiatives. Nigel left Mater Foundation in July 2020 after nearly 25 years service. In 2022, Nigel was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2022 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Nigel is the Managing Director of Nigel Harris & Associates, an advisory and consulting practice specialising in philanthropy and fundraising leadership. He is also a Founding Partner of Giving Architects Australia, a fundraising campaign and impact investment consultancy.

Nigel is also a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE). In 2012 he was recognised as the Arthur Venn Fundraising Professional of the Year. Currently Deputy Chair of Act for Kids, a director of Leukaemia Foundation Australia and trustee of the Institute of Sustainable Philanthropy, Nigel has also served on the CFRE and Community Council for Australia Boards. He is also a member of the Braille House Management Committee and the Rogare Council.

About Carolyn Grant, CEO of People Plus Science, Founder of 6peas marketing and Valid8 Innovations, and an Advisory Board Centre Certified Chair and GAICD.

With over 20 years of experience in B2B and B2C strategies for growth, Carolyn is a seasoned Marketing and Organisational Strategist, author of the book Legacy Leadership & Australia’s first Boardroom Psychological Safety Research and Benchmark, and researcher focused on customer experience, neuroscience and human behaviour.

People Plus Science exists to provide leaders with the insights they need to identify their greatest risks and threats and turn this into their greatest achievement – purpose, people and product.

About Dr Katrina Lines, CEO of Act for Kids

Dr Katrina Lines is CEO of Act for Kids, a national not-for-profit organisation supporting children, young people and families. Act for Kids provided services to more than 40,000 people last financial year. Katrina is a registered psychologist with more than 20 years’ experience delivering clinical and social services at the individual, organisational and community level. She has a PhD in children’s cognitive, social and emotional development and postgraduate qualifications in business, education and governance.

Before joining the Act for Kids team, Dr Lines practiced as a private psychologist and worked as lecturer and researcher at James Cook University in Australia and Singapore. Katrina is an expert assessor for the Australian Research Council in the areas of child, youth and family. She has served on not-for-profit boards and has extensive experience in governance, leadership and risk management in organisations providing services to vulnerable children, young people and families.

11:00 am • 90 minutes


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