The Future of Leadership in Fundraising & Nonprofits | Craig Pollard, Holly Palmer, Emily Monville-Oro & Ezra Hirawani

Fundraising, the nonprofit sector, funding partnerships, power dynamics, who can lead and change the world, and what good leadership looks like, are evolving rapidly | 1.5 CFRE Pts


$95.00ex GST

Fundraising, the nonprofit sector, funding partnerships, power dynamics, who can lead and change the world, and what good leadership looks like, are evolving rapidly.

To survive and thrive in this new world, nonprofit leaders and fundraisers of the future must explore and navigate the shift from traditional power- and control-based leadership (and management) practices towards modern trust- and human-based approaches to leadership.

This webinar will explore:

  • What this future looks like, and will demand of future fundraising and nonprofit leaders
  • How leaders can practically navigate their approach and people towards this future
  • What we can all learn from the Kaupapa Māori approach to business
  • How future fundraising and nonprofit leaders at all levels can start leading today


About the Speakers:

Holly Palmer (Philanthropy Manager, Starship Foundation)

Holly is a specialist high-value fundraiser with over a decade’s experience in philanthropy at top universities, schools and charities in Aotearoa, Asia, the United Kingdom and Europe.

Before joining Starship Foundation to lead their Majors Gifts programme, Holly headed the development team at St Cuthbert’s College and ran her own fundraising and alumni relations market research agency. As a consultant, Holly sought out the needs and wants of supporters and helped fundraising organisations create better experiences and more successful programmes using this insight.

With her genuine interest in people and a desire to challenge the status quo, Holly is a relationship fundraiser whose mission is to shake up conventional thinking in the sector in response to audience needs. She is also an enthusiastic and experienced conference speaker and panellist who has presented on delivering effective donor stewardship, conducting meaningful audience research, and overcoming cultural and structural barriers to achieve great fundraising outcomes.

Ezra Hirawani (Founder & CEO, Nau Mai Rā)

Ezra Hirawani gives us an inspiring example of what authentic, values-based leadership looks like, and how creativity and determination can deliver social impact and sustainable change. 

He is CEO and co-founder of the Māori kaupapa business Nau Mai Rā, which is committed to (literally!) bring power back to New Zealand's communities and to eradicate power poverty. 

Nau Mai Rā is positively disrupting New Zealand's power industry because: "Every day, 100,000 whānau have to make the choice between hot water and heating or doing the laundry and cooking dinner - this isn't a Māori problem - this is a national problem and the situation is worsening."

In March, Ezra was awarded the 2022 University of Canterbury Young New Zealander of the Year Award – Te Mātātahi o te Tau.

Emily Monville-Oro (Acting Asia Regional Director AND Country Director in the Philippines for the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR))

She provides strategic directions of the Philippines country program and the Regional Center for Asia, and oversees its key programmes: Food Systems, Economic Empowerment, Environment, Health and Education, which include thematic areas such as: Climate Resilient Agriculture; School and Community Health and Nutrition; Enterprise Development; Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation. Emily has 32 years of work experience mostly in Asia, focusing on research and development, and public health. She has a Master’s in Public Health (full scholarship) from BRAC University in Bangladesh. 

Craig Pollard (Founder, Fundraising Radicals)

Craig's very first job was chopping the ends off broccoli stalks. He much prefers guiding people how they can become better fundraisers and nonprofit leaders. He founded the Fundraising Radicals to share fundraising tools and knowledge and to inspire new approaches to leadership in the nonprofit sector.

Craig has been in fundraising for 27 years and has now worked with nonprofit leaders, fundraisers, donors and organisations in more than 100 countries. He guides nonprofits of all shapes and sizes to raise big donations, build brilliant funding partnerships, and deliver world-changing impact.

Craig has also been a cocktail barman, a VSO volunteer in Nigeria, he trained to be an accountant with KPMG, has a masters in Violence, Conflict and Development, is a Fellow of London's Royal Geographical Society, he once cycled 17,000km from London to Cape Town, and recently moved from Japan to New Zealand. After ten years avoiding it, he now likes eating broccoli.

Note: Full participation in this event is applicable for 1.5 points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.

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