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Friday, 16th December 2016 at 9:41 am
Lina Caneva
Up to three Victorian community service sector CEOs will have the opportunity to study at Harvard Business School in Boston next July as Harvard Club of Victoria Non-Profit Fellows.


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Applications Open for NFP CEOs to Study at Harvard
Friday, 16th December 2016 at 9:41 am

Up to three Victorian community service sector CEOs will have the opportunity to study at Harvard Business School in Boston next July as Harvard Club of Victoria Non-Profit Fellows.

The Harvard alumni club is inviting applications for its 2017 Non-Profit Fellowship which sends community sector CEOs to the Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management (SPNM) program at Harvard.

The SPNM program is part of HBS’s Social Enterprise Initiative which applies innovative business practice and managerial disciplines to drive sustained, high-impact social change.

The $14,000 HCV Non-Profit Fellowship covers course fees (tuition and case materials, accommodation and meals), travel to and from Boston, and a short study tour to visit appropriate not-for-profit organisations in North America.

In 2017, SPNM will take place from 16 to 22 July.

This fellowship has been created for Victorian organisations that serve vulnerable people and communities.

There is a particular focus on:

  • alcohol and drug dependency
  • children, youth and families
  • disability
  • family violence
  • housing and homelessness
  • Indigenous services
  • mental health
  • refugee resettlement.

To be eligible, these organisations must be based in Victoria, have DGR status, and must have annual revenues over $3 million. CEOs of industry associations (eg peak bodies), management support organisations and consulting firms are not eligible.

Chair of the Non-Profit Fellowship at the Harvard Club of Victoria Alice Hill said the fellowship provided an outstanding leadership development experience for not-for-profit leaders.

“Over the past 17 years, the Harvard Club of Victoria has sent 33 community sector CEO’s to Harvard and the feedback has been uniformly excellent,” Hill said.

Founding CEO of Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service Victoria Antoinette Braybrook was a 2016 fellow.

She said the program was relevant and invaluable to her in her role as CEO of an Aboriginal community controlled organisation.

“This opportunity came at a time when our organisation started going through significant change, influenced by many external and internal factors. The program has helped me to think about, through a different lens, our organisational structure and my role in operations and/or strategy,” Braybrook said.

Hill said the HCV Non-Profit Fellowship was funded by donations from Harvard alumni and proceeds from Harvard Club of Victoria events and is administered by Harvard alumni volunteers.

“The aim of the fellowship is to improve the lives of all Victorians through investment in the leadership of the community sector,” she said.

Applications are now open and close on 5 February 2017. Application materials are available on the Harvard Club of Victoria website.

For more information on the HCV Non-Profit Fellowship, including a list of fellows, please visit the Harvard Club of Victoria’s website  or email Mandy Croker at mandy@harvardclubofvictoria.org.au.


Lina Caneva  |  Editor  |  @ProBonoNews

Lina Caneva has been a journalist for more than 35 years. She was the editor of Pro Bono Australia News from when it was founded in 2000 until 2018.


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