The Growth Program

A one-year program that will set you up for long-term success

The Growth Program

The Growth Program is an innovative personal and professional development program that brings together 10 charity leaders and 10 business leaders for each intake. The charity and business leaders are paired, and together they participate in eight group learning sessions over a 12-month period.

The Program aims to deliver knowledge and experiences that enable participants to have a greater positive impact on society. Past participants also talk of the personal growth and fulfillment they experience from participating in the program.

The course concludes with a graduation event where participants present their charity and their experience to a room of Growth Project supporters.

Charity Leaders

The eight group-learning sessions are designed to help charity leaders drive efficiencies and effectiveness within their charity. The wide range of topics includes things such as Building Networks, Creating Shared Experiences, Governance and Storytelling. The program is delivered at no cost to the charity leaders.

Business Leaders

Business leaders attend the eight group-sessions with their charity leader, sharing ideas and knowledge throughout the course. Whilst benefiting the charity, this also provides a leadership development opportunity for the business leader who is challenged to develop their  influencing skills and take what they have learnt back to their organisation.

Time commitment

Enrolling in The Growth Program commits you to eight full-day sessions throughout the year plus the graduation event.


The Growth Program is currently offered in Sydney, Perth and Melbourne.

Course outline

The Growth Program covers a range of topics that help charity leaders from operations and finance through to marketing and fund raising. The course outline below provides an example of the topics covered.

Session 1: Getting clear

Building on your preparation and leadership assessment, this session will challenge you to define who you are, who you want to be and who you support so you can clearly articulate the value you add and the impact of your presence.

See session 1 in action with this short video

Session 2: Building Your Future

Achieving your vision needs a strategic plan. In this session we’ll cover the allocation of resources; how to build sustainability in your operations and funding; succession planning; and how to manage resource consumption and allocation to have maximum impact.

Session 3: Enabling Connections

Networks are critical to your success. In this session, you will identify your major supporters and assess how these relationships are being managed. You’ll leave with a framework for continually updating your networks across digital and direct channels.

Session 4: Shared Value

Remove your reliance on donations by embracing innovation and learning how to differentiate yourself. You’ll learn how to develop a compelling strategy for securing sustainable funding through a lively and interactive panel of leaders from highly successful charities.

See session 4 in action with this short video

Session 5: Influencing through Storytelling

How do you stand out from the crowd when there are so many charities competing for sponsor attention? In this session you will be encouraged to write and deliver a compelling and engaging story to a panel of successful presenters.

Session 6: Measurement & Impact

Measuring and managing outcomes is fundamental to sustainability.  This session will help you measure and manage things effectively and provide practical action items to help enhance the operations of the charity.

Session 7: Governance

Proper governance frameworks give your key stakeholders, including sponsors, confidence you are a reputable organisation and that they are protected from risk. This session will focus on what’s important to report and to who. There will also be a financial awareness workshop delivered by our founding partner, Commonwealth Bank.

Session 8: Graduation

This is the final session of the program and your chance to put everything you’ve learnt into practice. It includes presenting your pitch to the stakeholders involved in the program and other interested supporters.

The Growth Project

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

We deliver this through an innovative personal development program that brings together charity and business leaders in an environment of shared learning. Throughout the 12-month course, participants share knowledge and experiences, learn how to run more effective and efficient organisations and develop 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.


We are creating a legacy through sustainable thinking and active engagement.

Peter Baines OAM