Professional development

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

Where: Melbourne, VIC

When: Tue 3rd May 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.

Join Philanthropy Australia’s CEO, Sarah Davies, along with a PAF and a 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 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. 


Tuesday 3 May  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



Sylvia Admans

Sylvia joined the R E Ross Trust in 2011 after over nine years as CEO of the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) – which she established in Bendigo, Victoria. Sylvia has lead a transformation process building on organisational strengths to enhance the Trust’s capability and reputation. Prior to this, Sylvia worked in the philanthropic sector as Manager Charitable Services for ANZ Trustees and as an Adviser to Philanthropy Australia. Sylvia was a senior manager with the Australian Public Service for many years across a number of programs. She is a qualified librarian, a Graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program, a Churchill Fellow and holds a Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  She was appointed a Director of the Inner North Community Foundation in 2015.

Michael Barr

Most of Michael’s career has been spent in schools, including holding senior leadership positions in administration and curriculum development. His educational philosophy included providing students opportunities away from the classroom, as this was where the true learning occurred. For the last five years, Michael has been working with organisations throughout Victoria, including NFPs, local and state government and businesses of all sizes, in the field of equal opportunity, human rights, discrimination, workplace behaviour, advocacy and diversity.  Since establishing the Barr Family Foundation, his main focus has been on families and young people who are disadvantaged in any way – medically, financially, disability etc and though education is part of the support they offer, it is not the main priority. Recently leaving full time work, Michael now plans on seeking opportunities to take a more active role in the wider philanthropic sector. His interests include travel (with his wife), golf, skiing, scuba diving and riding his new Vespa.   

Lin Bender AM

Lin was appointed Chief Executive of the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust in October 2013. She has had an extensive career in the not-for-profit sector including strategic development for the Victorian Government on the Melbourne Recital Centre Project, general manager of Radio 3MBS, national marketing manager for the Australia Business Arts Foundation (AbaF) and general manager of the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition (Chamber Music Australia).

Lin’s consultancy work has delivered a range of major projects. She has also established and implemented successful marketing strategies, business development plans and private giving programs for national and state organisations.

Lin was awarded a Member in The Order of Australia in 2010, for services to arts administration through executive roles and to the music community of Melbourne.  

David Tennant

David was appointed CEO of Shepparton-based FamilyCare in May 2010. FamilyCare has been a major provider of community services in the Hume region since 1984 with around 100 staff and offices in Seymour, Wallan, Kinglake and Cobram. David has held a variety of roles in the community sector. From 1995 to 2008 he was employed by Care Inc Financial Counselling Service in the ACT, initially as a consumer lawyer, then as the agency’s Director from mid 2000. From April 2003 to November 2008 David was the Consumer Member of the Australian Code of Banking Practice Compliance Monitoring Committee.

Prior to appointment with FamilyCare David was Civil Practice Manager with Legal Aid ACT. He has also spent periods as a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University and a Senior Manager with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. David has held a number of representative roles, including terms as Chair of both the Consumers Federation of Australia and the Australian Financial Counselling and Credit Reform Association (now Financial Counselling Australia).

Along with his current position at FamilyCare, David is a Trustee of the Jan Pentland Foundation, a member of the Law Help Assessment Panel for the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations and participates in a number of local and regional networks and committees.

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. 


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