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NFP Finance Week

Not-for-Profit Finance Week, an initiative of Commonwealth Bank and Our Community, is a celebration of ideas, knowledge and financial capacity-building for the $100 billion Australian not-for-profit sector.

The aim of this event, held 16-20 September 2019, is to increase the profile of the not-for-profit sector, bolster the financial capacity and sustainability of the sector, and provide support for the staff, board members and treasurers carrying out the important task of overseeing the finances.

Activities during Not-for-Profit Finance Week will centre around:

  • An information packed series of free webinars*, where you can have your questions answered
  • The NFP Treasurers' Awards, where we highlight the work of and recognise all not-for-profit treasurers

Not-for-Profit Finance Week Webinar Program

Questions your board needs to ask about the finances

Presented by Patrick Moriarty, Executive Director, Institute of Community Directors Australia

Date: Monday, 16 September 2019

Time: 12.15pm AEST

Overseeing the finances is probably one of the most important tasks you have as a board member. If you don't understand how the finances work, you'll be at risk of getting caught up if anything goes wrong. Understanding the finances will ensure you're in the best position to promote and fulfil your organisation's mission.

In this 45 minute webinar you'll learn:

  • The questions you should be asking and the reports you should be seeing.
  • How to read, understand and act upon financial papers.
  • Ways to build financial matters into decision-making processes.


Cyber-security - how to keep safe online

Presented by Martha McKeen, Senior Manager Digital Protection Group, Commonwealth Bank

Date: Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Time: 12.15pm AEST

In a world where cyber-security incidents are increasing in volume and complexity, simple and practical advice is essential to help your not-for-profit or community group stay ahead of the curve. Understand how you can adopt foundational controls to create a cyber aware and resilient culture within your organisation.

Designed with practical insights and tools for the Australian market, this 45 minute webinar will cover:

  • Getting the basics of cyber security right
  • Understanding the ins and outs of email payment fraud
  • Understanding how malware works.


The art of balancing governance for not-for-profits

Presented by Professor David Gilchrist, Co-convenor, Not-for-profits UWA, University of Western Australia

Date: Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Time: 12.15pm AEST

In recent time we've seen the growing recognition of the need for strong governance skills for not-for-profit and charitable organisations across Australia. While governance of Not-for-Profits has often been equated with that of the For-Profit sector, very real and important differences exist which NFP directors and executives need to be aware of and manage.

Join us for this practically focused webinar, as Professor David Gilchrist examines:

  • Governance priorities for charities and not-for-profits.
  • Key differences of governance issues between the Not-for-Profit and Commercial sectors.
  • How boards and CEOs can manage risks in the context of mission and financial sustainability.


Implementing new accounting standards - what are the lessons so far?

Presented by Aletta Boshoff, Head of IFRS Advisory Practice, and Kevin Frohbus, Partner, IFRS Advisory, BDO

Date: Thursday, 19 September 2019

Time: 12.15pm AEST

The Not-for-Profit Sector continues to face significant changes due to the ongoing and imminent implementation of four new Australian accounting standards. From 2019, the last and most complicated phase of adoption will be implemented by all Not-for-Profits and significant learnings are starting to emerge from those who have already adopted, or progressed, their implementation.

Make sure you're across the latest developments and industry thinking by joining us for our 45 minute webinar, where we'll be exploring the new requirements and looking at case studies covering important issues for you to consider before you complete your transition to the new standards, including:

  • Accounting systems to support lease accounting
  • Significant judgements when determining sufficiently specific performance obligations, and
  • Determining incremental cost of borrowing for lease discounting.

You should seek independent, professional advice before making any decision based on information in this webinar.



BDO proudly supporting 2019 Not-for-Profit Finance Week 2019.

Are you ready for #GivingTuesday Australia?

Presented by Alex McMillan, Content Curator, Our Community

Date: Thursday, 19 September 2019

Time: 3.30pm AEST

Make sure your plans are on track for #GivingTuesday on Tuesday, 3 December 2019 and be part of a worldwide campaign to inspire individuals and businesses to support your cause.

Every year, over 50 countries and thousands of not-for-profits celebrate the global attention #GivingTuesday brings to the work being carried out across the broad not-for-profit sector. #GivingTuesday is about supporting not-for-profits, community organisations, charities, businesses and schools to collaborate, celebrate and enhance the generosity of our local communities. It's a wonderful opportunity for your organisation to encourage and amplify the actions of individuals to support your cause - through the giving of time, expertise, money, goods and services to ensure not-for-profits can continue their important work.

Join us for this 30 minute webinar as we explore:

  • What #GivingTuesday is and where it comes from
  • The plans for Australia in 2019
  • The benefits of getting involved
  • Case studies and ideas to help you get the most from the day



Fundraising - is it time for that new idea?

Presented by Eloise Newbury, Innovation Manager, Schools and Not-for-Profit Sector Banking, Commonwealth Bank

Date: Friday, 20 September 2019

Time: 12.15pm EST

Fundraising - it's the financial life blood for most not-for-profits and community groups. But how do you find the courage to venture away from a tried and tested event and attempt something new? You might be ready to launch your new fundraising idea, but are others in your organisation brave enough to take the plunge?

If this sounds like you, then make sure you join us for this 45 minute webinar as we explore:

  • The principles of 'Experiment at Pace'.
  • Applying the principles to fine tune your idea.
  • How to run small experiments to test and learn.
  • Developing a compelling proposition to 'sell' your idea.


What's a Webinar?

A Webinar is a seminar that's conducted over the internet.

Viewers watch a remote presentation on their own screens at a set broadcast time and can participate by typing and submitting questions they would like answered by the presenter.

Our Webinars are recorded and a copy is sent out to every registrant by default. So if you aren't able to watch the Webinar live at the scheduled time, you don't need to do anything - we'll send you a copy you can watch at your own pace on your own screen.

Why Webinars work

You'll learn at a time that suits you
If you can't join us at the scheduled time, we will automatically send you a recording you can watch at your own. pace

You can ask your burning questions
Our Webinars include a 35-minute presentation followed by a 10 minute interactive Q&A session where you'll call the shots. You do so by typing your questions during the Webinar.

You don't need an IT degree
There's no complicated software involved. You just need a reliable internet connection to participate. We'll email you instructions at each step too. Simple!

About this year's presenters:

Patrick Moriarty

Executive Director, Institute of Community Directors Australia


As the Institute of Community Directors Australia's Executive Director, Patrick has led the development of the organisation's training arm. The Institute was established to help community organisations of all shapes and sizes gain practical knowledge, support and advice on matters that impact on their everyday operations, including board operations, funding, risk management, strategic planning and marketing.

Having delivered training throughout the country to more than 50,000 organisations, Patrick's reputation as a practical and passionate adviser is unparalleled. As a grant assessor and consultant, a junior sports' coach and a long-time community sector board member and volunteer, Patrick brings knowledge from both sides of the fence to his highly practical and engaging presentations.

Patrick is an ASQA accredited trainer and holds a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) and a Graduate Diploma in Marketing.

Martha McKeen

Senior Manager, Cyber Outreach, Commonwealth Bank


As Cyber Outreach Senior Manager, Martha draws on a diverse skillset and collaborates with a multi-disciplinary team to drive forward Cyber Outreach streams of work which include cyber skills development, corporate and business client capability building, staff and community awareness and policy influence.

The Cyber Outreach team within Commonwealth Bank's Digital Protection Group and aims to positively shape the digital environment to support safer online experiences for people, businesses and communities.

David Gilchrist

Professor of Accounting, University of Western Australia


David has held a number of senior roles in the not-for-profit, commercial and public sectors in a career spanning more than 25 years. Most recently, he held the role of Assistant Auditor General in Western Australia and, prior to that, he taught accounting and finance at the London School of Economics and Portsmouth University in the UK as well as at Curtin University and Edith Cowan University in Australia.

He was Foundation Director of the Curtin Not-for-profit Initiative for five years and held the position of Associate Dean of the School of Business at the University of Notre Dame Australia where he was adjunct professor of Not-for-profit Leadership. He is currently a Visiting Professor and Research Chief Investigator at Hebei GEO University, Peoples' Republic of China.

David has advised a number of Australian governments and authorities relating to human services governance, sustainability, accountability and strategy, most recently related to the NDIS amongst other things.

A chartered accountant and economic historian, David has a PhD in economic history from the University of Notre Dame Australia, and is currently professor of accounting at the University of Western Australia. In addition he holds a number of industry roles including: Chairman - Nulsen Disability Services; Director - BaxterLawley; and Member of: Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand's National Not-for-Profit Advisory Committee; Australian Charities & Not-for-profits Commission; Advisory Board, and Australian Accounting Standards Board Academic Advisory Panel.

Aletta Boshoff

Head of IFRS Advisory Practice, BDO


Aletta is an IFRS advisory specialist with over 25 years' experience in financial reporting and accounting, including IFRS. Aletta prides herself on her technical excellence, approachability, and the ability to solve problems practically. Aletta loves accounting and accounting standards, but she is also of the view that it's only when you try and apply that knowledge that you are really challenged and that it is only then that you fully appreciate the nuances of IFRS.

In particular, Aletta takes great pride in her ability to apply a wealth of technical expertise to real-world business situations. She works hard to ensure she is working with her clients, involving them at every step of the journey. She helps them to understand how she came to a recommendation, so that they can test any assumptions she has made and together they can come to the best IFRS solution possible.

Kevin Frohbus

Partner, IFRS Advisory, BDO


Kevin is an IFRS advisory specialist with over 20 years' experience in financial reporting and accounting. He has served in all manner of roles and occupations that support the development of global accounting standards and improve the overall quality of financial reports.

Kevin's technical excellence in IFRS is complimented by a measured and practical approach to applying the standards that directly delivers on his 'practical solutions' promise to clients. Kevin is highly personable and pragmatic - a quality that is often commented on by clients. He finds great pleasure in delving deep into the specifics of his clients and their industries to arrive at a solution that is truly reflective of the substance of the arrangement and aligns with business objectives.

Alex McMillan

Content Curator, Our Community


Alex has played a leading role in encouraging organisations, individuals and businesses to participate in #GivingTuesday since Our Community took over as designated leader of the movement for Australia. As Our Community's content curator, she produces articles for Our Community publications and websites, edits and animates videos, and ensures content flows across our many websites.

Eloise Newbury

Innovation Manager, Schools and Not-for-Profit Sector Banking, Commonwealth Bank


Eloise has built her career working with clients ranging from small businesses to large organisations, helping each to better define and articulate their needs as well as those of key stakeholders. Converting these insights into positive design features of both technology and customer interactions is the ultimate goal regardless of client size. Eloise has held varying roles from working with cloud based software, process design and improvement, and the design and delivery of training curriculums.

Eloise brings 'Design Thinking' to life for clients to help them empathise with their customers, and create services, products and solutions that assist in driving more effective outcomes. Past studies have included User Experience Design, Visual Merchandising, Operational Management, and she is currently studying Interaction Design.

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