Prestigious award to offer knowledge boost for the Not-for-Profit Sector

13 Mar 2019

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Leaders in the not-for-profit sector are being encouraged to apply for the new Community Sector Banking Churchill Fellowships that will see them travel the world to observe leading practice and develop new networks. The opportunity to then apply the learnings in a local context could reap big rewards for the sector here in Australia.

Community Sector Banking, Australia’s only banking service dedicated to the not-for-profit sector, is partnering with the Churchill Trust to offer two new Churchill Fellowships in 2019 specifically to support and strengthen leaders in the Australian not-for-profit sector.  The long-term aim of these two Fellowship opportunities is to help prepare and strengthen the Australian not-for-profit sector for future success and long-term viability.

The first Fellowship will support the development of leadership skills and people and culture programs so future challenges can be met across the not-for-profit sector. The second Fellowship is open for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People to explore positive interactions and outcomes between indigenous peoples and communities and the not-for-profit sector.

Now, more than ever, there is a need to identify the issues and challenges facing contemporary and future not-for-profit leaders, including leadership skills that the sector should invest in for success. 

“The successful recipients of these two new Churchill Fellowships will be able to travel overseas and tap into best practice by experiencing first-hand how overseas based not-for-profits operate and address similar challenges. Knowledge gained from this unique opportunity will put us on the front foot in anticipating what may lie ahead for the sector in Australia,” says Community Sector Banking CEO Andrew Cairns.

“In addition to sharing their findings broadly with the Australian not-for-profit sector, on returning as Churchill Fellows they will be offered a variety of engagement opportunities with Community Sector Banking. This will include invitations to present their findings at Community Sector Banking Board meetings, conferences, and other networking events.”

Each year, Churchill Fellowships are awarded to talented Australians who are passionate about challenging the status quo to create or make a positive impact on our society.

“The not-for-profit sector is a $142 billion industry and employs more than 10% of the Australian workforce (*). The Churchill Fellowship recognises the value of new ideas, and we applaud Community Sector Banking’s interest in investing in the future leaders and sustainability of this crucial sector,” said CEO of the Churchill Trust, Mr Adam Davey.

“A Churchill Fellowship is a life-changing experience available to Australians from all walks of life. We look forward to awarding and sharing the findings of the two new Community Sector Banking Churchill Fellows, and welcome all those passionate about the not-for-profit sector to apply,” concluded Mr Davey.

Read more about the Community Sector Banking Churchill Fellowships here:

  1. Community Sector Banking Churchill Fellowship to identify successful approaches to developing leadership, people and culture that position the Not-For-Profit Sector for future challenges

  2. Community Sector Banking Churchill Fellowship for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People to investigate ways in which relationships between Indigenous Peoples and communities and the not-for-profit sector can be mutually beneficial
For further inspiration and information on what can be achieved on a Churchill Fellowship, we encourage you to read more from other Churchill Fellows who have travelled overseas to benefit the not-for-profit sector:
  • Jonathan Duddles (Director of Development, Greening Australia)
  • Priscilla Brice (Managing Director, All Together Now)
  • Michelle Deshong (CEO, Australian Indigenous Governance Institute)

Alice Klein (New Scientist Magazine), Mike Nicholas (CSIRO), Jacob Cassidy (Mungalla Station) with Churchill Fellow Jonathan Duddles

Background to the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust

  • The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust has recently awarded $3.1 million worth of Churchill Fellowships to 112 Australians in 2018.
  • The Fellowships support projects that address challenges Australia is facing right now by recognising experts across fields from education to arts, emergency services to health, and agriculture to sport.
  • Fellows are funded to travel internationally for a period of 4 to 8 weeks, to gather insights and knowledge that will benefit Australia.
  • Churchill Fellowship applications open on 1 February 2019.
  • Visit to find out more.

Background to Community Sector Banking

  • Community Sector Banking is Australia’s only banking service dedicated to the not-for-profit sector. It was formed in 2002 as a joint venture between Bendigo Bank and the Community 21 consortium of not-for-profit organisations.
  • Community Sector Banking now provides tailored products and services to more than 15,000 not-for-profit customers.
  • As Australia’s first banking service to be certified as a B Corp, Community Sector Banking strives to strengthen the communities in which they operate. From annual grants programs, to scholarships, to the Rental Affordability Index and a Reconciliation Action Plan, they are passionate about investing in people to strengthen not-for-profits and the communities they support.
  • Read article published in ‘Pro Bono’ about the Sector and the new Fellowships by Community Sector Banking CEO Andrew Cairns

Further information

ACNC’s Australian Charities Report 2016

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