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Governance Foundations for Not-for-Profit Directors Program

For high-performance charity boards

This course is delivered by two of Australia’s leading professional associations. The Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) is Australia's leading provider of executive-level training and the FIA is Australia's foremost authority on fundraising best practice.

This intensive two-day program covers everything you need to know to be more effective at the boardroom table, and serve your organisation and its mission as effectively as possible.

What you'll learn

  • The specific challenges facing charities and the operational differences from the commercial sector
  • The legal and ethical responsibilities of board members and legal reporting requirements
  • Guidelines to help boards operate more effectively
  • Understand finance, strategy and risk for the NFP Director
  • Interpreting financial ratios in NFP organisations and their use in driving strategy
  • Developing an appropriate strategy for fundraising
  • Ethics, acceptable fundraising practice and control



This program will give you:

  • The essential skills to actively contribute to the success of the charity you serve
  • A new perspective on not-for-profit board governance and what constitutes a high- performance board
  • The ability to optimise the time you devote to your role as board director
  • A great opportunity to connect with and learn from other senior directors with similar challenges and concerns

Who should attend

  • Directors and executives who want to make a real difference to the organisations they serve
  • Directors of not-for-profit organisations
  • Experienced Directors for whom the fundraising sector is new
  • Directors who are seeking to transition into not-for-profit directorship
  • Those who are considering accepting a directorship
  • Executives who want to interact with their not-for-profit board more effectively 

For a complete course outline click below:

What people say

“Board and CEO leadership of fundraising will be an increasingly critical success factor for non-profit organisations. It requires Directors and Executives to have a robust, evidence-based knowledge of fundraising practice and market issues to best serve mission, governance and fundraising strategy.”
Nigel Harris FFIA CFRE, FIA Board Chair, Chief Executive Officer Mater Foundation, and Course Facilitator

“I’m really glad I attended this Course and encourage other participants also.  It helped me to reflect on my Board participation, the legalities around Governance and helped reprioritise fundraising in a governance context.  I encourage senior managers, CEOs and especially Board members to attend and learn.”
Margaret Scott, Director, Margaret Scott & Associates



(Course subsidised by FIA and NAB)

Staff of organisational member$1,270


Important: Places are limited to a maximum of 25.

This course has been postponed. Please see below for the new dates.



Venue (click for details)

Sydney7-8 JuneNAB House - Level 15, 255 George StreetRegister now
Melbourne14- 15 JuneNAB, The Academy - 800 Bourke Street, DocklandsRegister now

Click here for FIA course terms and conditions

FIA Executive Education is proudly supported by 

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Full participation in the Governance Foundations for Not-for-Profit Directors Program is applicable for up to 7.5 continuing education points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification 

Meet the tutors


Nigel is the CEO of the Mater Foundation, where over 20 years he has grown revenue from $2m to $70m. He is also the current chair of FIA.


Andrew Donovan FAICD

Andrew is a company director and board adviser who helps boards add value.


David Shortland MAICD

David is a governance and communication specialist; an authoritative adviser on strategy and risk. His Sydney based consultancy supports directors and executives from varied industry sectors to achieve critical outcomes. 


Jason Masters FAICD

Jason Masters is a chairman and non-executive director with over 10 years of non-executive experience gained through serving on the board of approximately 20 government, private, public and not-for-profit organisations.