New Gen Accelerator

Course overview 

At the beginning of your philanthropic journey? We’ll give you comprehensive guidance through the Australian philanthropic landscape. You’ll learn how to embed philanthropy into your life, how to show leadership and work collaboratively with directors, relatives and other philanthropists, and how to find your style of philanthropy; what you want to give to and how you want to give.

August & October 2020 

Melbourne & Sydney

4 months online & face to face

$4,225 - $4,995

Apply deadline 30 June

  For more information, please contact Vicki Norton at

Presenting partners: Philanthropy Australia, ACPNS and QUTeX 

Philanthropy Australia’s mission is to represent, grow and inspire an effective and robust philanthropic sector for the community. As the peak body, we serve a community of funders, social investors and social change agents working to achieve positive social, cultural, environmental and community change by leveraging their financial assets and influence.    

New Gen is a Network for new and emerging philanthropists in their 20s and 30s. With an emphasis on learning and networking with peers and mentors, New Gen is big on collaboration and connection to help the next generation of changemakers build the foundations for a lifetime of giving. 

QUT's Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies (ACPNS) equips visionary individuals and organisations to transform worlds - through teaching, research and engagement. Its strong sector links and real-world teaching mean ACPNS stays at the leading edge of knowledge, providing our students with a teaching and research environment that is up to date and valuable to people interested in success in philanthropic, social enterprise and nonprofit action. 

QUTeX is a revolution in professional and executive education, bringing together knowledge from across the whole university, to help you, and your organisation, to upskill and stay relevant using QUT's signature real-world focus. QUTeX leverages the expertise of the whole university to create professional development programs with sustained impact. Leaders who build their knowledge and skills with QUTeX know that what they learn today, they will use tomorrow.  

Who should participate? 

This course is designed for people in their 20’s and 30’s who are engaged in giving. This includes: 

  • Next-generation family foundation members 
  • Young people of wealth 
  • Philanthropic and Corporate Foundation Staff, trustees and networks 

Time commitment

Most of the course is delivered online, with a total of three days of face-to-face workshops in both Sydney and Melbourne. We will also organise placements with organisations that demonstrate best-practice philanthropy. These placements will be arranged in your home state, so if you are learning from locations outside of Sydney and Melbourne you will have the opportunity to connect with local networks.

Your expert program designers


Associate Professor Wendy Scaife, FFIA, FPRIA
Director, Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies at QUT

Wendy leads the experienced ACPNS team, which delivers research, teaching and sector impacts that range from cutting red tape to opening up topics like evaluation and accountability in grantmaking. She was National Project Director of Giving Australia - the nation’s largest such research into giving and volunteering. Wendy facilitated Philanthropy Australia’s Queensland’s Social Investors’ Network for several years; serves on government bodies, philanthropic grants and judging committees and international research boards; chairs a small community organisation and was previously CEO of a health nonprofit. She has been recognised with two QUT Vice-Chancellor’s Awards. Her research spans philanthropy, fundraising, nonprofit marketing and management.


Dr Craig Furneaux
Subject Area Coordinator for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies at ACPNS

Dr Craig Furneaux is a Senior Lecturer and Subject Area Coordinator at the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane. Craig has over 20 years’ experience working for, leading, and researching with, nonprofit organisations, with a particular long-term focus on building management capabilities. He has been a board member of a number of community groups. Craig’s research in the Centre focuses broadly on accountability and capability in social enterprises and faith-based charities. 

**Philanthropy Australia member and ACPNS facilitators to be added as confirmed** 

Core concepts 

Throughout this course, you will be engaged in an interactive learning process that will help you to: 

  • Understand philanthropy and the philanthropic landscape in Australia and abroad
  • Identify and explore your values
  • Learn how ‘to do’ philanthropy

See the full course outline here.


Where and when 

  • Face to face workshops 
    • Workshop 1
      • Sydney: 20/21 August
      • Melbourne: 27/28 August
    • Workshop 2
      • Sydney: 22/23 October 
      • Melbourne: 29/30 October
  • Placements with leading philanthropic organisations to be organised individually. 

Please refer to the information document for details regarding online delivery. 


At the end of the course, you'll receive a Certificate of Attendance documenting your participation in the course. 


Registration Type  Cost (inc. GST)

Course fee (includes 1-year Philanthropy Australia New Gen Network membership)

Family members & Staff of Philanthropy Australia Engaged/Impact members (includes 1-year Philanthropy Australia New Gen Network membership)  $4,495 

New Gen Network members


Further details 

Once the course is finished, you can continue to share and learn through the New Gen Network, with access to everything that Philanthropy Australia membership provides, including: 

  • Networking events and meetings with other New Gens and Philanthropy Australia’s wider membership 
  • Access to international and national speaker roadshows 
  • Personalised support for your philanthropy 
  • Online resources  

Participating in this program gives you the option to continue your studies through credit towards graduate studies at QUT.

For more information, please contact Vicki Norton at 

Presented in partnership by Philanthropy Australia, Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies and QUTeX, Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

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