Here at NFP Connect we offer support, connection and education through various events, for those working for and with local charities and not-for-profits.
Our NFP Connect Breakfast is predominantly for not-for-profit employees, owners, leaders and anyone related to the field or interested in the monthly topic.
We also run peer to peer mentoring, coffee catch up and planning workshops throughout the year.
Events have been a major tool in the fundraising kit for most non-profits, as well as being a the major player in bringing a community together. Without events we are isolated and disconnected, so how do we continue to hold events in such uncertain times?
How do we navigate shifting regulations, social distancing and contact tracing?
Our expert panel will share with us their experiences in navigating the regulations, preparation and innovation necessary to run successful events in 2021 and beyond.
Those from non-profits and the community-minded businesses wanting to learn more will hear from:
Ross Smart is the Chief Commercial Officer for the Newcastle Knights. His career in professional sport has spanned 16 seasons, four clubs and two sports, focusing on an array of disciplines including partnerships and sales, communications, government relations, community engagement, and live events. He has also spent time in state and local government, the media and the not-for-profit sector. Joining the Knights one year into the Wests Group Australia’s ownership of the Club, Ross has overseen a period of sustained growth and stability across all areas of the business as well as helping to navigate the challenges brought on by COVID-19.
Ellie Wells is the General Manager from Hunter Breast Cancer Foundation and has enjoyed a passionate career in the not-for-profit sector across Newcastle. Ellie has over 10 years of experience in communications, marketing, strategic governance, medical research, fundraising and NFP management. After joining the dedicated team at HBCF in 2019, Ellie has embraced her role at the helm of HBCF where the charity has doubled in size and now provides essential support services to over 1200 local families as they navigate breast cancer.
Ellie will highlight how she shifted her fundraising, events and patient transport processes post-COVID.
Kate Britton is currently Project Manager of the City of Newcastle’s festival, New Annual. Launched in February 2021, New Annual provides a platform for local and visiting artists to present a wide range of creative projects. Before returning to Newcastle, Kate was Artistic Director of Art Month Sydney and has held curatorial and producing positions with Performance Space, Campbelltown Arts Centre, This is Not Art Festival, Underbelly Arts Festival and Kaldor Public Art Projects. From 2014-15 she was on the Board of Directors at Firstdraft Gallery, Australia’s longest running artist-run initiative. In 2017 she completed her PhD at UNSW on participatory filmmaking in public health, writing about a multiyear project she worked on in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea. She has held research positions at UTS and UNSW, and has worked extensively as an independent writer and curator over the last ten years.
Kate will talk about her experiences staging the inaugural New Annual arts festival, scheduled to begin in September last year. The Festival was launched in more than 50 events around Newcastle in February 2021.
Our 2021 series breakfast events are proudly supported by Beyond Bank