Professional development

Not-for-profit Workshop: Is your not-for-profit future proof?

Where: Sydney, NSW

When: Thu 31st Mar 2016, 15:00 – 19:00 (4 hours)

The not-for-profit (NFP) business model is undergoing a process of change and transformation. Mergers and acquisitions are on the agenda, there is a strong focus on developing new income sources through commercial activities and impact investment, and in some parts of the sector there is a shift away from ‘block funding’ to ‘consumer directed’ funding.

Philanthropy Australia’s CEO, Sarah Davies, will be joined by two NSW PAFs, the Blackwood Foundation and CAGES Foundation, as well as the Audi Foundation, as they discuss how they have positioned their funding to take account of the new dynamic environment in which we operate. We will also hear from an NFP CEO, Anita Kumar from The Infant’s Home, who is engaging effectively with philanthropy to future proof their organisation for long term financial sustainability. 


The masterclass workshop will address the following important areas:

  • Practical tips for engaging the philanthropic sector
  • Overview of the key trends in philanthropy - and how to tap into them
  • How to more effectively engage with philanthropy to position your NFP to ride the waves of change
  • How philanthropy views its role supporting NFPs to transform themselves
  • What is needed to develop a balance of sustainable funding by retaining (or not) original or traditional funders such as government, while trying to attract a vibrant mix of project funders and developing independent income streams.

This event is ideal for NFP board members, executive or development team members, and anyone who has an interest in how NFPs can engage effectively with philanthropy to future proof their organisation.  


Thursday 31 March 2016

  • Workshop: 3.00pm – 6.00 pm 
  • Networking drinks and canapes: 6.00pm – 7.00pm 

The annual NFP Workshops are always extremely popular - selling out well in advance of the events. And judging from the feedback from 2015, when 96% of attendees agreed they'd recommend the event to others, we're sure this year will be a huge hit too:​

"As the sector becomes more mature in Australia, workshops pitched at this level provide important learning opportunities. I look forward to attending others."

"The networking after the workshop was very good, great to meet a great range of people from grant seekers, grant makers, corporates and industry representatives."

Join the conversation during the event: #PAnfpseries

All workshop dates

Thursday 31 March

Thursday 28 April

Monday 11 April

Tuesday 3 May

With thanks to our Co-Presenting Partners: Gilbert + Tobin and Westpac Social Sector Banking



Anita Kumar

Anita Kumar is CEO of The Infant’s Home. 

She has a strong business background and is experienced in forging impactful partnerships at an individual and organisational level across government, corporate, philanthropic, agency and sector organisations as a means to build a sustainable social enterprise. She focuses on strengthening The Infants’ Home’s leadership in integrated service delivery for children and families through research, partnerships and engagement.

Anita has a Masters in Community Management from UTS and in 2012 was awarded a Fellowship to study at the Social Enterprise Centre of Harvard University’s Business School.

Anita demonstrates commitment and aptitude at applying commercial strategies to maximise improvements in societal well-being. With her dynamic oversight, The Infants’ Home has doubled the number of children and families it serves in the last 4 years. A major redevelopment project has seen the organisation expand its service delivery to more Sydney regions, making The Infants’ Home the largest provider of integrated care under one roof in New South Wales.x`

Anita is passionate about growing the organisation, developing quality services that support the wellbeing of children and their families and a building a socially cohesive community which respects the diversity and the rights of children.

Simon Martin

Simon grew up in a family culture of giving. His grandparents and great grandparents were prominent philanthropists in education, as benefactors of schools and universities. They were also donors and actively involved in the establishment of orphanages for homeless children (now UnitingCare Burnside) in the early to mid 1900’s. Simon established the Blackwood Foundation in 2013, in memory of his late mother.  
Simon has spent his working career in the finance sector, and works as a Private Wealth Manager at Shaw and Partners in Sydney (25 years). In keeping with his background, Simon advises clients and business how best to establish financial structures for charitable support. In addition to his role, Simon is Chairman of the Shaw and Partners Foundation, and is a long-term member of the Rotary Club of Sydney (25 years).
Simon lives in Sydney and has three adult children. He is a regular sailor on Sydney Harbour, and is a die-hard fan and member of the Sydney Swans.


Rachel Kerry

Rachel Kerry has over fifteen years’ experience in philanthropy and corporate-community relationships including grant-making roles at Perpetual and Westpac Foundation. 

Rachel joined CAGES in 2011 and her responsibilities at the foundation include development and implementation of the strategic giving direction, management of charity partnerships and overall administration and governance. 

Rachel has also spent time consulting to various non-profits around governance and establishment of strategic philanthropy programs and is the Chair of the Management Committee for Curious Works.

Tom Keenan

Tom Keenan is manager at The Audi Foundation, a recently established corporate philanthropic. Previously, Tom led the grants program for the Origin Foundation. Originally an engineer ,Tom holds an MBA from Glasgow Unversity and is currently undertaking a Ph.D. in NFP Effectiveness at Flinders University. 


  Book Now

Want to interact with decision makers from the not-for-profit and philanthropic sectors?

Joining us as an exhibitor at our upcoming National Conference will provide strong exposure to up to 800 engaged delegates.

Learn more

Evolution or Revolution: Is philanthropy future ready?

At our 2016 National Conference we'll explore how philanthropy features in our changing society and what we need to do to stay ahead of the game. 

21 - 22 September
Darling Harbour, Sydney.

Limited Early Bird tickets are now available. 

Learn more