The Commonwealth Bank Not-for-Profit Treasurers' Awards recognise and reward the often unpaid contribution community treasurers make to hundreds of thousands of community groups around Australia.
The awards are run in conjunction with Our Community, Australia's Centre of Excellence for the nation's 600,000 not-for-profits, and feature two categories:
- A recognition program to thank community treasurers - individuals and community groups can nominate their Treasurer to receive an official 2016 Commonwealth Bank Not-for-Profit Treasurers' Award Certificate of Appreciation.
- A competition for community treasurers to share ideas around recruiting and retaining treasurers, keeping treasurers up-to-date and sharing changes implemented to make things easier for organisations based on challenges experienced. The treasurers who share the best ideas will win one of three $5,000 donations for their not-for-profit group.
Last year’s winners included Rhonda Doyle, who was recognised for her 12 years of service as the treasurer of Central Coast Kids in Need, which provides assistance with accommodation expenses to families of children with cancer, or other prolonged illnesses, while in Sydney or Newcastle hospitals.
Before taking up the role of treasurer Rhonda had no previous experience. She was taught how to do the role by the outgoing treasurer and is helped by a friendly, kind-hearted neighbour who checks her books every month to make sure they are correct and backed up. A self-professed one-finger typist, Rhonda spends at least two hours a day carrying out her duties as treasurer.
“As a volunteer treasurer I rely on my relationship with, and assistance from staff at our local Commonwealth Bank branch and from the Board and Committee of Central Coast Kids in Need. Winning this prestigious award showed all of us that we were doing something right,” Rhonda said.
Vanessa Nolan-Woods, General Manager Social Impact Banking at Commonwealth Bank said the awards are a great way of recognising the work people like Rhonda are doing in our community.
“Community treasurers make a positive contribution to the lives of millions and yet they receive little in return for giving up valuable time with their families and friends. These awards are one way for us to give something back for all their hard work and sacrifice,” Vanessa said.
To be eligible to enter the reward competition the person entering must have served as a Treasurer of an Australian not-for-profit organisation at any time over the past 12 months. They must nominate one organisation to receive the $5,000 donation (however they may cite experience with more than one NFP organisation).
Applications for the awards close at 12.00pm (AEST) Friday, 29 July. Winners will be announced during Not-for-Profit Finance Week, 19 September at an awards ceremony in Sydney.
You can nominate someone at ourcommunity.com.au/treasurersawards