Plus One Professional Development will give charities exclusive access to high quality professional development programs usually reserved for top tier corporate executives.

Under a new model of corporate giving, charities will benefit from free access to internal corporate leadership programs offered by some of Australia’s most highly-regarded employers.

Providing placements for 10 carefully selected charity leaders via a 12-month program in Sydney, Plus One will open the doors to a suite of professional development, networking and coaching opportunities.

“Charities often struggle to access professional development. Consequently, leaders don’t get the development they need and this in turn limits the impact charities can have in the community,” Plus One chairman and co-founder, David Knowles said.

“Plus One will be helping a diverse group of charity leaders working for some of Australia’s best and most influential charities to connect with some of the biggest and best companies in our corporate landscape so that they can learn from each other.”

As members of the Philanthropy & Social Capital team at independent investment advisor Koda Capital, Plus One co-founders Chris Wilson, Farial Ameen and David Knowles recognised the challenge faced by charities in providing high quality professional development opportunities and sought a solution.

“Through Plus One, we are opening doors to corporate Australia – giving charity leaders free access to the kind of personal and professional development opportunities they would otherwise be unable to access, afford or justify spending money on.

“This much-needed investment in the charity sector will produce better leaders and more effective charities, helping to foster greater cross-sector understanding and collaboration.

“We have some amazing companies on board with Plus One, including Commonwealth Bank, PwC Australia, MinterEllison, Westpac, Macquarie Group, Lendlease, Kaplan Professional, Allianz, Downer Group and Koda Capital. IECL by GrowthOps will provide a coach for each of the 10 cohort members, meeting with them regularly throughout the year and leading tech firm Atlassian will make sector-specific training available, not just to the cohort members, but everyone who applies to be part of the program.

Participation is free but total commitment to the program offered is expected.  Applications must be submitted by charities rather than individual employees.  Charities must confirm their nominee’s suitability and a commitment to fully supporting their participation. Individual nominees must be able to attend face-to-face learning activities in the Sydney Metro area. The program is suitable for permanent employees of registered charities who, if not already in an executive leadership position, have the potential to get there within three years.

Applications will be open from 7 May 2019 through the Plus One website www.plusonepd.com.au

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