Do you know of a Not-for-Profit or Community Treasurer who you’d like to see recognised for all the hard work they do?

CommBank's Not-for-Profit Treasurers’ Awards provides a great opportunity for you to recognise and thank community treasurers for the work they do. Community and not-for-profit treasurers make a huge contribution to the success of the not-for-profit sector, helping to keep community groups viable and sustainable. It’s work that usually involves long hours, carried out behind-the-scenes and it’s work that often goes unrewarded and unrecognised.

The Awards are held each year in association with our sector partner, Our Community, and highlight the importance of good financial management and governance of community organisations. There’s also an opportunity to win one of four $5,000 donations for your NFP when you take part in the Awards.

Beyond saying thanks

CommBank's Not-for-Profit Treasurers’ Awards are about more than saying thanks. They provide an important platform for the sharing of information and knowledge. This willingness to share information not only helps those working in the sector but also speaks volumes to the deep understanding that, in sharing knowledge with each other, it’s ultimately the wider Australian community that reaps the benefits.  The learnings and insights which are shared during the Awards are used to help CommBank and our strategic partner, Our Community, develop a range of free tools and guides to better support the work being undertaken in the sector.

Taking part in the 2018 Awards

Taking part in the Awards program is easier than ever.

  • You can nominate a not-for-profit or community treasurer you know and tell us in 100 words or less why you think they should be one of this year’s winners; or
  • If you’re a community/not-for-profit treasurer, then let us know in 100 words or less why you think you should be one of our 2018 winners.

All not-for-profit and community treasurers nominated or taking part in the Awards will receive an official 2018 Certificate of Appreciation.

To enter go to

Entries close 11.00am (AEST) Friday, 27 July 2018. Winners and nominated treasurers will be announced during Not-for-Profit Finance week (which runs from 17 – 21 September 2018). Further details and terms and conditions can be found on the Our Community website.

Winners of the 2017 Commonwealth Bank Not-for-Profit Treasurers' Awards

Photo of Bruce Clarke, Kaveen Bachoo and Sinead Glennon

Bruce Clarke, Kaveen Bachoo & Sinead Glennon

Bruce Clarke, Melbourne Mustangs Ice Hockey Club, Victoria

The Melbourne Mustangs compete in the Australian Ice Hockey League. Although the team competes at a national league level, all positions at the Club are unpaid and the players are amateurs.

Bruce commenced as Honorary Treasurer of the Mustangs at the start of 2017. He found the role advertised on a volunteers portal and saw it as an excellent way to put something back into the local community and help young people achieve their sporting dreams.

Bruce has been able to apply many of the skills from his full-time role as CFO of the Moonee Valley Racing Club to benefit his role as Treasurer of the Mustangs. He views his role as more than just a typical treasurer. As well as performing all of the usual reporting duties, he has prepared and implemented a range of technology strategies to ensure continued financial strength, checks and balances.

"I am thrilled to win this Award on behalf of the Melbourne Mustangs. The prize money will be well-used in helping our amateur team compete in the national competition."

Sinead Glennon, Genetic and Rare Disease Network, Western Australia

The Genetic and Rare Disease Network improves the lives of families affected by genetic and rare diseases and works to connect, inform, support and empower them.

The idea of skills-based volunteering with a worthwhile charity appealed to Sinead so she applied for a role with the Genetic and Rare Disease Network. This is her first time undertaking the role of Treasurer for a not-for-profit group and she is really enjoying the responsibility and workload.

She has found that her accounting background and expertise is extremely beneficial to performing the role and informed her thinking about the difficulty faced by treasurers who are performing the role without any accounting knowledge or expertise. For this reason, she has designed various tools for not-for-profit treasurers to help them better achieve financial sustainability and safe practices.

"I am thrilled to be a recipient of this Award. I am excited that my submission has been so well received and I hope it continues to be of use to other treasurers, especially those who find the financial analysis aspect of their role to be daunting."

Kaveen Bachoo, Hepatitis Queensland, Queensland

Hepatitis Queensland, the peak body and central voice for liver health in the Sunshine State is a not-for-profit, community organisation dedicated to improving health and social outcomes for Queenslanders affected by, or at risk of viral hepatitis and liver disease.

As Treasurer and Head of the Finance & Audit Committee, Kaveen employs his practical experience from various roles with BHP Billiton, Xstrata and now Glencore to passionately drive the financial strategy of Hepatitis Queensland, with a particular focus on prudent management of accounts, cost control and sophisticated reporting to support Hepatitis Queensland's core activities.

He looks forward to continuing to give back to his community and considers it an honour, a privilege and a joy to be involved with Hepatitis Queensland at every level: Treasurer, volunteer and supporter.

"I feel very privileged to be receiving this award - thank you. It is a gratifying experience to use my knowledge and passion about finance and steer Hepatitis Queensland (HQ) in its journey of financial sustainability."