Accelerating programs that lift up the most disadvantaged members of our community is the focus of this year’s McCarthy Mentoring Not-for-Profit Executive Mentoring Scholarship recipient.

Winner Tom Hull is General Manager of The Funding Network (TFN), a unique live crowdfunding model that supports grassroots social impact organisations. Since its launch, TFN Australia has facilitated over $8 million in funding and in-kind support for hundreds of organisations.

Now in its sixth year, the scholarship offers an exciting opportunity for a stand-out senior leader in the not for profit sector to work one-to-one with an experienced mentor. Recipients take part in McCarthy Mentoring’s successful Executive Mentoring Program that is designed to accelerate learning, help progress their career and strengthen their capacity to affect change through their important work in the community.

This year’s winner has been matched with the CEO of the Future Generation companies and experienced philanthropy advisor, Louise Walsh. Louise has been the Director of Artsupport Australia, CEO of Philanthropy Australia and is currently a board member of St Vincent’s Curran Foundation, the City Recital Hall in Sydney and the Snow Foundation.

McCarthy Mentoring’s Executive Director, Sophie McCarthy said that it was important to offer the scholarship to leaders and change agents in the sector who may have limited funding for formal professional development programs.

“We know our mentoring programs make a difference in building leadership capability and managing tough challenges across all sectors. Common themes for discussion in the NFP sector include managing high demands with limited resources, building sustainable funding, improving leadership skills, communicating effectively with boards and having someone to discuss the stresses in leading a successful not for profit,” she said.

“We’re delighted to offer the scholarship to Tom Hull and connect him to Louise Walsh who is a such an experienced advisor in this space. As mentor, Louise will act as a confidential sounding board to test ideas, share insights and stretch Tom to grow and strengthen as a leader.”

“I am honoured and grateful to be given this development opportunity” said Tom Hull. “We’ve already had a couple of sessions and it’s hugely stimulating to learn from someone like Louise, who has such deep sector knowledge but also very broad experience. It’s encouraging me to reflect on how I can be most effective in my work and how to strengthen my ability to influence change at a broader level.”

This is the 6th year the scholarship has been offered with outstanding results: see list and outcomes of past recipients.

Social change advocate wins NFP Executive Mentoring Scholarship download full media release

Past recipients

  • 2017  – Tatiana Isaacs, Fundraising and Communications Director, The Shepherd Centre
  • 2016  – Sarah Coker, Director of Programs for national mental health charity SANE Australia
  • 2015  – Suzanne Connolly-Andrews, CEO,  Gurriny Yealamucka Health Services, Northern Queensland. Read Suzanne’s mentoring story in The Australian.
  • 2014  – Brett Macdonald, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Dry July Foundation
  • 2013  – Karen Bevan, CEO Girl Guides Australia

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