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Testimonials from charities

"Twice Leeton Connect had the opportunity to host “EmPOWER Your Mission” workshops here in Leeton NSW for our local organisations and charities. The first one was so popular we had to organise a second one! Presenter Scott Lockie did a fantastic job presenting the material using humour, great training materials, powerful online resources, rich multimedia components and real-life examples that captivated the audience. Everyone gained valuable tips and learned about the latest digital research, insights, trends, free resources and tools to support their individual organisations. As well we were introduced to an array of innovative marketing and fundraising strategies. Thank you Scott for bringing your workshop to country NSW."

Ron Arel, Coordinator, Leeton Connect (Leeton, NSW)

"I would highly recommend the sales and customer service training that Scott delivers. The staff at Arthritis NSW put the training into action the very next day. Some of the scenarios are embedded into our staff meetings to ensure that we are walking the talk and learning from all staff experiences. Thank you Scott for a very worthwhile training day." Sandra Vincent, CEO Arthritis NSW (Sydney, NSW)


"Scott provides a very thorough training of the whole area of charity management and fundraising. An excellent and illuminating day. Thanks very much Scott. Much appreciated for the quality of information that you shared at the event. I certainly learned a lot of new information and I’ll be sharing what I learned and recommendations with our organisation." James Burgin, Mindd Foundation (Sydney, NSW)


"A very comprehensive session packed with useful information. This info is an excellent resource and I will be putting it to good use at AMHF and least one other NFP organisation I am involved with." Glen Poole, Community Development Officer, Australian Men's Health Forum Inc (Sydney, NSW)

"It is one of the most instructive and revealing programmes I have been at and enjoyed it immensely. Couldn't have been better. Excellent communication skills." Gamani Goonetilleka, Chairperson, Amawatura Buddhist Centre (Sydney, NSW)


"It is a very full on day with an ambitious goal - 5 courses in a day. Found Scott delivered a current, amazing course which represented excellent value for the investment." Bronwyn Street, Committee Member - Philanthropy, Balcombe Estuary Reserve Group Mt Martha (Melbourne, VIC)


“Gives a great picture of the NFP sector with relevant information and practical useful tips.” Leanne Marcuzzi, Senior Communications Manager, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute   


“Scott's breadth of knowledge on the state of the NFP sector in Australia is valuable and provides a great foundation for anyone new to or experienced in the NFP sector.” Aimee Hall, Managing Director, One in Five (Melbourne, VIC)


“Well worth the investment to get up-to-date information that can be immediately put into action. Thank you.” Angela Gordon, Fundraising and Marketing Manager, Trees for Life (Adelaide, SA)


“I found the training to be very informative with great links and tips. Scott is a very engaging presenter who knows his audience.” Angela Perin, Youth Programs Manager, West Coast Youth & Community Support (Adelaide, SA)


“Went in expecting just another sales pitch, came away excited and raring to go with so many innovative tools.” Rachel Neale, Administrator, SA Public Primary Schools’ Music Society (Adelaide, SA)


“Well worth the time to attend. Exceptional training.” Michele Giles-Clark, General Manager, Huntingdon’s SA and NT Inc (Adelaide, SA)


“So much information and am not sure where I will start. Absolutely fantastic. Thank you.” Stephen Brewster, Huntingdon’s SA and NT Inc (Adelaide, SA)


“An amazing day resulting in a huge task list! Thank you very much Scott, lots of useful tools for the future to research.” Chloe Bedlow, General Manager, National Youth Choir of Australia (Adelaide, SA)


“A fantastic tool for participants in the NFP sector. Concise, relevant and a depth of material to put into practice within your own operations. Highly recommended to both novices and seasoned professionals.” Steve Gregory, CEO, Black Bull Performance Group (Canberra, ACT)


“A day packed with valuable information, useful tips and relevant examples. I got a long list of things to do, think about and plan.” Simon Carroll, CEO, Global School Partners (Canberra, ACT)


“Really useful techniques for improving how we relate to our membership and gaining new members were given.” Joanne Turner, Bio Dynamic Farming & Gardening Assoc NZ (Wellington, NZ)

“The NFP State of the Nation seminar was excellent in providing grassroots training on the fundamentals of the essentials in fundraising and marketing. It also provided a great overview of the international trends which provides perspective in understanding the wider systemic context. I would recommend this training to any Not for Profits especially developing ones.” Julia Hartshorne, Founder, Achieve 2B, NZ (Auckland, NZ)

“We found the content to be comprehensive and provided a good overall 'snapshot' about the NZ Charity/non-profit sector. Scott presents with confidence and covers a lot of ground. The breaks provided a great opportunity to network with a number of colleagues from a wide variety of organisations.” Larry Robbins, Principal, (Auckland, NZ)


“A very big thank you for yesterday’s invaluable seminar! Your knowledge and expertise on the NFP sector is extraordinary. I found your content extremely valuable. I have started reviewing our sales, communications and promotions strategy in line with your presentation.” Jonelle Kapsalos, Social Enterprise Operations Coordinator, Drumbeat (Perth, WA)


“I attended your State of the Nation seminar for NFPs in Auckland and found it extremely valuable. There was a lot of helpful information and suggestions on increasing funding streams which is of particular importance to Supporting Families NZ. Suggestions on helpful websites, networking, targeting, and sales skills were unsurpassed in my opinion.” Lance Burdett, Supporting Families NZ (Auckland, NZ)


“As someone who works extensively in the not for profit sector, which I prefer to call the “social profit sector”, I found out just how much I did not know, especially about the rapidly changing operating environment Charities in New Zealand and Australia now face. The information and ideas I have gained from attending will be invaluable for my client base. This was one of the most beneficial workshops I have ever attended and was great value to boot.” Chris Lynch, Director, Lynch and Associates (Auckland, NZ)

"The session provided valuable insight and examples of simple tools and techniques that will enable us as a charity to increase our footprint and make better use of our resources and engage with our members and donors." Alex Dick, Hon. State Treasurer, RSL (Tasmania Branch) Inc. (Hobart, TAS) 


"A well planned, professional workshop with informative supporting data." Simon Wise, Market Development Manager, Colony 47 (Hobart, TAS)


"I found this course to be excellent, relevant and engaging." Terri Taylor, BDM, Impact Community Services (Bundaberg, QLD)


"Thank you for our session today. I thoroughly enjoyed each section finding it relevant and future focused. The content values the sophistication of the sector, so thank you!" Bry Kopu, General Manager, Taranaki Health Foundation (Christchurch, NZ)


"Absolutely blown away with what I've learned and taken away. Our organisation has very little money but the course was worth every cent." Heather Pearson, Project Co-ordinator, Endometriosis NZ (Christchurch, NZ)


"It's changed the way I will fundraise and market." Simone Patterson, Founder, Retreat for Kids Inc (Gold Coast, QLD)

"We arranged a One-Day NFP Training Workshop and included all of our staff. We were all uncertain as to what to expect from the day. The information given to us was informative and interesting with lots of contacts, ideas and hints. Everyone came away from the session enthusiastic and extremely motivated to move forward." Jennie Rossetto, Practice Manager, Tasmanian Eye Institute (Launceston, TAS)

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