Plus One will help talented charity leaders receive the professional development they need but can’t always access or afford.

Plus OneThe first participants in an innovative new charity program, Plus One, were revealed at the official charity launch hosted by MinterEllison on 15 August.

Under a new model of corporate giving, representatives from 10 leading charities will receive free access to internal corporate leadership programs offered by some of Australia’s most highly regarded businesses.

Over the next 12 months, leaders from charities working in areas including family law, youth mentoring, environmental protection, poverty eradication and international development will receive a unique suite of professional development, networking and coaching opportunities from some of Australia’s top corporates.

Participants were selected from a pool of quality applicants by a highly experienced panel including Community Council for Australia CEO, David Crosbie, Executive Co-Chairman of Luminis Partners, Simon Mordant AM and CEO of the Australian Scholarships Foundation, Samantha Sayers.

Plus One’s first 10 participants are:

  1. Horizons Family Law Centre – Stephen Frost
  2. Raise Foundation – Carol Sandiford
  3. Shine for Kids Co-Operative – Andrew Kew
  4. Refugee Advice and Casework Service – Sarah Dale
  5. Social Ventures Australia – Neha Broota
  6. Whitelion Youth Services – Tanya Hendry
  7. Bush Heritage Australia – Melinda Warnecke
  8. Karitane – Sharlene Vhalos
  9. Adara Development – Sarah Lecoutre
  10. Christians Against Poverty – Phillip Pickering

Corporates providing both face to face and digital professional development and coaching opportunities include:

  1. PwC Australia
  2. Westpac
  3. Commonwealth Bank of Australia
  4. Macquarie Group
  5. Downer Group
  6. Lendlease
  7. Allianz Australia Insurance
  8. MinterEllison
  9. Koda Capital
  10. Atlassian Foundation
  11. Kaplan Professional
  12. IECL by GrowthOps


Plus One Ambassador and Chair of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Advisory Board, Tony Stuart, said it was critical to invest in developing the sector’s leaders to ensure they are equipped to drive positive change.

“I am proud to be an ambassador of this great initiative helping charities to get the kind of professional development they need but can’t always access or afford. Plus One is helping the sector create greater social impact.”

MinterEllison Partner Keith Rovers says the firm is delighted to be involved in the formation of Plus One and the opportunity to support investment in charity sector leaders.

“Cross-sector collaboration is critical to addressing the wicked social and environmental issues we face, so opening up our Learning & Development programs and making spaces for the ‘plus one’ is a win-win for both parties, providing great training to the participants and exposing our people to greater diversity in thinking.”

Plus One doesn’t only benefit charities, it brings a different perspective to conversations with PwC employees, according to Charities & Not-for-profit Practice Leader, Judy Sullivan.

“By opening up space for charity leaders to join PwC employees in our existing professional development programs, we’re able to provide valuable learning opportunities at minimal cost to us and our hope is that the current pilot program in Sydney lays the foundations for extending the Plus One program to incorporate many more corporate contributors.”

As a benefactor of the program, Principal Solicitor of the Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS), Sarah Dale, says the opportunity offered by Plus One will hopefully provide more tools to implement the charity’s strategic vision and effect greater impact and change in the community they serve.

“RACS works in a fast-paced and ever-changing landscape so having the chance to engage across multiple sectors and industries gives us access to a diverse range of skills and expertise that I am personally excited to learn from.”

Plus One’s program will officially begin on 20th August 2019, when Carol Sandiford and Neha Broota attend PwC’s three-day EVOLVE Director’s course in Sydney.

Plus One was founded by David Knowles, Chris Wilson and Farial Ameen, who work together in Koda Capital’s Philanthropy & Social Capital team.


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