The Harvard Club of Australia Nonprofit Fellowship has been generously supported by Bill and Lea Ferris for 16 years, providing $25,000 annually in funding to send two Non-profit CEOs to the one week “Strategic Perspectives in Non-profit Management” program at Harvard Business School.
The Fellowship recipients were selected by a committee of Club members including Lisa George (Chair), Amanda Goodman, Anita Kumar (2012 Fellow), Tony Massaro and Ben Sebel. The successful Fellows were:
Karen Bevan, Playgroup NSW. The organisation provides the infrastructure for early childhood development through playgroups for children aged 0-6 in NSW. Karen will take to Harvard the challenge of organisational sustainability in the face of changing demographics and increasing digital engagement of their target member base.
Brendan Foran, Greening Australia (VIC). The organisation seeks to conserve and restore landscapes through collaborative and science-based programs. GA is leading a government-funded consortium to develop a sustainable and replicable restoration model for the Great Barrier Reef. Brendan will take this leadership challenge to Harvard to fastrack the development of this model and bring others along with them.
The Fellows were presented with their Awards at an event in Sydney by the US Consul General, Mr Hugo Llorens. Attendees of the 2016 Fellowship event were addressed by Ms Maile Carnegie, former Managing Director of Google Australia/New Zealand . Ms. Carnegie outlined how technology is disrupting the non-profit and philanthropic sectors, along with advice for organisations on how to manage this shift.