Meet the companies that helped us make it happen

Our founding partners

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

The Commonwealth Bank has a long history of supporting people, businesses and communities. The Bank works with community partners to build strength, resilience and sustainable growth in the communities in which it operates.

The Commonwealth Bank is proud to be the Founding Corporate Partner of The Growth Project; it’s an exciting and unique initiative that gives employees the opportunity to contribute to the development of a successful and sustainable not-for-profit sector in Australia. Importantly, the program inspires the growth and development of all participants through connection, shared learning and challenge.

Saunders Family

John Saunders was one of Australia’s most devoted philanthropists and successful businessmen. The Saunders Family charitable program, set up by his daughters Monica and Betty, continues his passion for supporting worthy causes. The program extends from donations to major not-for-profit organisations and charities to individual acts of support for people or families.

In addition to providing financial support to The Growth Project, Monica will play an active role on the Charity Selection Committee. Her involvement will add rigour and sensitivity to the process of identifying and ultimately selecting the successful charity leaders that will benefit from The Growth Program.

Our cornerstone partners


Built on 80 years of vision, values and expertise, Blackmores empowers people’s wellbeing by delivering the best quality natural health solutions available. Steeped in sustainable practices, we combine traditional naturopathic principles with evidence-based research to produce an innovative range of Australian health products and services for customers in 13 countries.

Ernst & Young

EY’s purpose is building a better working world

We believe we can make the biggest contribution to our communities when we take the same distinctive services and competencies we use in our business every day and apply them to helping solve some of our communities’ most pressing challenges. Our key focus areas of social impact include: supporting youth, growing the positive effects of entrepreneurs and building a more diverse and inclusive society.

Stuart Alexander & Co

Founded in 1884 and one of Australia’s largest privately owned companies, Stuart Alexander & Co. imports, markets and distributes premium global consumer brands such as TABASCO, Mentos, Chupa Chups and Duracell batteries.

Sage Foundation

Sage Foundation takes action to build sustainable social, economic and entrepreneurial opportunities in Sage’s local communities around the world. By investing and supporting non-profit partners that are helping people reach their true potential, Sage is committed to doing business the right way.

Sage Foundation is powered by the ‘2+2+2’ model. Through this, Sage Foundation donates: 2% of employee time each year (5 volunteer days), 2% of free cash flow in grants and 2 donated software licenses to eligible partners.

 Our generous supporters


Advisori is an IT consultancy that focuses on helping businesses leverage technology effectively and develop an impressive digital footprint. Advisori helps The Growth Project by delivering the project’s digital and technological requirements.

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Aviate Group

Aviate Group is one of Australia’s leading and most respected property research and investment firms. Aviate assists The Growth Project by sharing our business experience and values with the network partners to help them become leaders in their fields.

Baskin Clarke Chartered Accountants

Baskin Clarke is a chartered accountancy practice whose approach is to gain an understanding of each client’s business and then apply their “thinking” ability, knowledge, skills and experience to help them determine and achieve their objectives. Baskin Clarke helps the Growth Project with all its accounting activities.

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Lexicon Agency

Lexicon Agency is a strategic communications and content agency  that helps financial services firms connect with their customers. Lexicon helps The Growth Project with brand, positioning, design and communications.


Minter Ellison

Minter Ellison is proud to be associated with and offer support to The Growth Project by providing it with pro bono legal services.

Rotary Club of Chatswood

The Rotary Club of Chatswood is proud to be associated with The Growth Project, helping good ideas become reality to build better communities. Rotarians are simply ordinary people using their business and leadership skills, time, passion and energy to create opportunities and provide solutions to the many challenges we face in our world today.


Skystone Productions is an Oscar Nominated team that specialises in outstanding corporate videos and TV commercials. Skystone supports The Growth Project by creating videos of The Growth Program in action, capturing the stories of our participants and helping us to convey our message and create powerful change.

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The Concourse

The Concourse Chatswood is one of Sydney’s leading entertainment venues, home to a dynamic range of live arts, entertainment and conferencing venues. The Concourse supports The Growth Project with a world class venue to showcase their events with supporting marketing.

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Wilson Asset Management

Wilson Asset Management manages more than $1 billion of investments and is responsible for the Future Generation Investment Company, which provides access to leading fund managers whilst supporting Australian children’s charities. Passionate about making a difference, Wilson Asset Management provides financial support and strategic counsel to The Growth Project.   |



Companies we collaborated with

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The Elevation Company

The Elevation Company supports people to discover and express the truth of who they are and embrace the difference they were born to make.  They provide a range of bespoke programmes and services that build engagement within a business and corporate context, effectively igniting the heart of people and business to create engaging, innovative and inspiring leaders and organisational culture.  The Elevation Company is proud to support the Growth Project through values based recruitment and leadership development for participants.

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People For Purpose

People for Purpose help individuals and organisations align to their purpose and connect them with opportunities to drive social change. They provide a range of services including leadership, governance and talent development. People for Purpose work with for-purpose boards to ensure the appropriate skills mix and processes are in place for high-impact performance and sustainability. They also provide an executive search and placement service to improve the flow of talent into, and within the for-purpose space.

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David Penglase

David Penglase is an author, behavioural scientist, award winning conference speaker and masterclass presenter helping top-tier corporations apply the Science of Intention and Trust to build more positive and collaborative relationships, resulting in more aspirational leadership, improved sales and exceptional customer experiences. David proudly supports The Growth Project through guiding and coaching the charity and business leaders to enhance their success through positive influencing and presentation skills.

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The Funding Network

The Funding Network is Australia’s largest live crowdfunding experience. They stage live events where donors pledge funds to support grassroots social entrepreneurs. Some of those presenters go on to participate in The Growth Project.

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10x10 Philanthropy

10×10 is a live crowd-funding “for purpose organisation” empowering the next generation of giving. Our events are run by volunteers and are designed to support innovative grassroots charities. Each event features a pitch from 3 charities and provide a mix of networking, cocktail party and a pitching contest.

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Kilfinan Australia

Kilfinan Australia strengthens the capacity of the NFP/charitable sector by providing NFP CEOs with confidential, free, one-on-one mentoring relationships with senior corporate and public sector leaders.  The relationships enhance the mutual trust and understanding between the corporate and NFP sectors.

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Other Side of the Table

It is a privilege for our team to be involved in The Growth Project – working with interesting and diverse NFPs and an extraordinary team of experts doing great things. Other Side of the Table works with rights holders to create robust go-to-market strategies. Helping to clearly articulate the shared value they offer brands, identifying the most efficient delivery methods, while driving maximum revenues from commercial deals.

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Pro Bono Australia

Pro Bono Australia is committed to informing, supporting and empowering Australia’s social sector by providing a unique set of sector specific resources, including social sector news, jobs and professional development tools. Certified in 2013 as a B Corp organisation, we act as the central online hub for the Not for Profit sector, the broader social economy and those wanting to engage with it.

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Strategic Grants

Strategic Grants is the unique provider of all things grants in Australia and New Zealand, supporting hundreds of nonprofits and charities of all sizes to establish sustainable, cost-effective grant-seeking strategies. StrategicGrants’ experience spans nearly 20 years and their successful track record ranges from $500 philanthropic grants to $50M government tenders.

The Growth Project

The Growth Project is a non-profit organisation that supported small, successful charities to maximise their impact on the world.

We delivered this through an innovative personal development program that brought together charity and business leaders in an environment of shared learning. Throughout the 12-month course, participants shared knowledge and experiences, learnt how to run more effective and efficient organisations and developed their leadership skills.

The Growth Project is an ACNC registered charity.

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.


By helping those who help, we have created connections and ripples of impact that will endure well beyond The Growth Project.

Larry Fingleson