‘Mentor the Treasurer’ Website Goes Live
15 October 2013 at 11:13 am
More than 200 CPA Australia accountants have signed on to the new Not for Profit ‘Mentor the Treasurer’ national program, in partnership with Pro Bono Australia, as the website goes live.
Through this unique program, qualified CPA Australia members are able to volunteer their time and expertise to small Not for Profit organisations’ treasurers needing guidance and support in their roles.
Not for Profit participation in the program offers treasurers the opportunity to benefit from CPA Australia members’ professional support and guidance which in turn enables the acquisition of new skills and knowledge to fulfil the requirements of the treasurer’s role.
CPA Australia General Manager of Public Sector Engagement Kerry Mayne said the program has been enthusiastically embraced by the CPA Australia community, with over 200 experienced and qualified CPAs registering their interest in participating in the scheme.
“Applications have been received from all over the country, and continue to roll in. One mentor even volunteered from Hong Kong,” Mayne said.
Small volunteer-run organisations and small Not for Profits with five or less staff or an annual income of less than $100,000 are eligible to join the program.
“No matter what the CPA’s background, from government accountants to hospital accountants, any practicing CPAs can sign on to the ‘Mentor the Treasurer’ program,” a Former President of CPA Australia's WA division, Geoff Woods said.
“CPA Australia will provide the resources to members to assist them in helping out those small Not for Profits that join the program.
“As a CPA Australia member, participation in the program offers the opportunity to share expertise and benefit from the rewards of being involved in a Not for Profit organisation,” he said.
“Mentoring eager people is a very rewarding experience,” according to CPA mentor Lindsay Doig.
“Helping to expand their knowledge, giving them the confidence to tackle more challenging tasks, and watching them develop and enjoy a previously-daunting role gives me, as a mentor, at least as much satisfaction as my mentees have enjoyed."
“This is a fabulous opportunity for smaller not for profits to access skilled professionals expert in financial matters,” Pro Bono Australia Founder, Karen Mahlab said.
“Financial skills are key to taking advantage of opportunities and complying with governance issues.”
Check out the website here.