HCV Non-Profit Fellowship News


 Applications for 2019 have now closed. Applications for 2020 will open in December 2019.


Opportunity for Victorian Community Sector CEOs to study at Harvard Business School

Applications for the 2019 Harvard Club of Victoria’s (HCV) Non-Profit Fellowship to the Social Enterprise Program at Harvard Business School open on Monday November 12th.

There will be an information session on Wednesday, November 14th at 6:15 pm for 6:30 to 8:00 pm at Leadership Victoria for peak bodies and potential applicants for this Non-Profit Fellowship program. Please share this opportunity with your networks.

This information session is free, but booking before COB November 9th is essential as numbers are limited. Please use this link https://www.trybooking.com/YKBN to book. 

Each year the Harvard Club sends up to three CEOS from the Victorian Community Sector to the Harvard Graduate School of Business Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management (SPNM) course. The Harvard Club of Victoria Non-Profit Fellowship includes admission to the course and A$14,000 of funding to cover the SPNM fees (tuition and case materials, accommodation, and meals), as well as travel to and from Boston plus a study tour to nonprofit organizations in North America.

The Fellowship is for CEOs in service delivery organisations in the community service sector, with particular focus on the alcohol and drug services, disability, indigenous, children youth and family services, family violence, housing and homelessness, mental health, refugee resettlement and youth affairs areas. These organisations must be based in Victoria, have DGR status, and have annual revenues over A$3 million. CEOs of industry associations (e.g. peak bodies), management support organisations, and consulting firms are not eligible.

2019 will be program’s 20th year and we have now sent 39 CEOs to SPNM. The information session will present the aims and background of the program, along with the key selection criteria and details of the application and interview process for 2019. Harvard Club of Victoria will give an overview of the Fellowship and the application process while former Fellows  will share their experiences and take Q&A.

The feedback from Fellows has been uniformly excellent and we are confident that the Fellowship provides an outstanding leadership development experience for nonprofit leaders. Our aim is to help them make an even bigger impact in the community service sector in future years. (See below for comments from the 2018 and 2017 Fellows).

In 2019, SPNM will take place on the HBS campus in Boston from July 14th to 20th .

The application process for the Harvard Cub of Victoria Non-Profit Fellowship opens on November 12th 2018 and will close on February 10th, 2019. A shortlist of candidates will be interviewed on March 30th, 2019 and  the successful applicants will be notified shortly afterwards.

An information session for the HCV Non-Profit Fellowship to attend Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management at Harvard Business School in 2019
When: Wednesday November 14th, 6:15 for 6:30 with an 8:00 pm finish
Where: Leadership Victoria, Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street (at the end of Collins Street), Melbourne
Booking: Free, but essential as numbers are limited. Please use this link https://www.trybooking.com/YKBN before COB November 9th.
For further details visit the NPF webpage  or contact Mandy Croker,mandy@harvardclubofvictoria.org.au

 What the 2018 and 2017 Fellows say about the experience:

“The course itself was an incredibly precious and valuable 7 days. Not just from the perspective of what I learned but the time for reflection and opportunity to question, challenge and validate my relationships, practices, leadership and decisions. The simple yet powerful phrase of ‘Hope is not a Strategy’ framed up a lot of what I took from the course. “                                                                     Christine Mathieson, CEO -  Expression Australia (formerly Vicdeaf), 2018 Fellow

“..the Faculty was impressive in their depth of knowledge, their engaging lecture methods but particularly for their obvious commitment to positive societal change. It was clear that this course was very personal to each of the Faculty members and they were invested in the development of the attendees as a positive force for change.”                                                                                                                                  Sharon McGowan, CEO-Stroke Foundation, 2018 Fellow                                                            
 “Lessons from the Fellowship strongly informed the development of Consumer Action’s first Impact Framework. The Impact Framework has been developed to provide greater clarity and insight to the centre and its stakeholders about the effectiveness and impact of our work….”                  Gerard Brody, CEO -  Consumer Action Law Centre, 2017 Fellow

Picture:  2018 Fellows at Harvard - Joanna Fletcher, CEO,  Women's Legal Service Victoria; Sharon McGowan, CEO, the Stroke Foundation; and Christine Mathieson, CEO,  Expression Australia (formerly Vicdeaf)   

“The ‘real life’ platform of the dilemmas and struggles of various organisation’s strategic planning and management helped me to reflect on our challenges with fresh eyes and to widen my vision and perspective. The focus on integrating theory and leadership practice through the deep engagement with colleagues from all of the world was a unique privilege. In short the program both gave me stimulation and plenty of food for thought, and also it reassured me that we are on the right track in terms of the strategic perspectives that we have taken at Mackillop. We have almost completed our strategic plan for the next three years, so the timing of the scholarship and the content of the course could not have been better.”                                                                                       Robyn Miller, CEO – Mackillop Family Services, 2017 Fellow

The 2018-2019 Harvard Club of Victoria Non-Profit Fellowship Committee
Mandy Croker
Jenny Proimos
Lisa Hennessy
Alice Hill (Chair)
Graeme Kelly
For enquiries, please contact:
Mandy Croker
Harvard Club of Victoria


Applications for the 2018 Non-Profit Fellowship are now closed. Applications for 2019 will open on November 12th 2018.
 ‚ÄčTo view the 2018 application materials, please click here  

The 2018 recipients of the HCV Non-Profit Fellowship are: 

Joanna Fletcher - Women's Legal Service Victoria
Chistine Mathieson - Expression Australia (formerly Vicdeaf)
Sharon McGowan - The Stroke Foundation

For more information on our recent Fellowship recipients please click here

Fund raising for our Non-Profit Fellowship program is provided by Club member donations and through fund raising at Club events. If you would like to support the HCV Non-Profit Fellowship you can click here to donate. Your donation is tax deductible and will be remitted to the HCV Fund at the Good2Give.                                                     

  Any queries about the program may be addressed to Mandy Croker at mandy@harvardclubofvictoria.org.au.