Youth organisation leads the way in NFP awards

Posted on 19 Jun 2023

By Greg Thom, journalist, Our Community

2023 NFP Leadership Award winners
The diverse group of winners recognised for their contribution to for purpose leadership at the inaugural 2023 Not-For-Profit Leadership Awards.

Youth Projects, an organisation committed to breaking the cycle of disadvantage for young people, scooped the pool at the inaugural Not-For-Profit Leadership Awards.

The charity, which provides frontline support to young people battling issues ranging from unemployment and homelessness to drug abuse, was praised by judges for its dedication to wellbeing governance.

One of several organisation’s recognised for their contribution to for purpose leadership, Youth Projects picked up awards in four categories:

  • Outstanding Emerging Leader in the over $3 million category
  • Outstanding Scholar
  • Outstanding Leadership in Talent Growth
  • Outstanding Leadership in Wellbeing Governance.

Run by the Australian Scholarships Foundation, the awards shine a light on organisations, teams and individuals who demonstrate excellence and courage in their leadership.

The judges said Youth Projects - which has a reputation for prioritising the mental health and resilience of its employees and volunteers, was recognised for its commitment to psychological safety, employee assistance programs (EAP) and valuing lived experience.

Judges also highlighted the organisation's additional wellbeing leave, and the board’s understanding of its people.

Youth Projects
The Youth Projects team picked up multiple awards at the 2023 NFP Leadership Awards held in Sydney.

Plate It Forward founder Shaun Christie-David was named Outstanding Leader in the under $3 million category for creating impact that was “meaningful and long lasting, not only for disadvantaged people but also for the environment.”

The award for Outstanding Leader in the over $3 million category went to Tanya O’Shea, Managing Director of IMPACT Community Services.

She was recognised for her organisation’s growth and innovation in service delivery and outcomes, social enterprise projects, staff development and leadership.

Louisa Graham, CEO of the Australian Scholarships Foundation, said she was impressed by the calibre of entries.

Ms Graham said the for-purpose sector continued to support their communities through demanding times, amid cost-of living pressures and natural disasters.

“Recognising outstanding leadership encourages best practice, builds capabilities and leads to organisational growth,” she said.

“In a sector where salary is not the primary career motivation, it is crucial to reward excellence.”

Check out the full list of 2023 Not-For-Profit Leadership Awards winners

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