The NFP CFO of the Future

Welcome to the CPA Australia and Pitcher Partners podcast series for the Not-for-Profit sector. In this five-part series, we discuss some of the key issues for those working in the NFP space, covering a different topic each podcast. Listen to the second topic “The NFP CFO of the Future” featuring expert presenter Mark Harrison – Partner / Executive Director of Pitcher Partners, Melbourne who responsible for leading the Business Advisory and Assurance offering; and Mel Yates, FCPA - Director of Reporting, Red Tape Reduction and Corporate Services at the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission. 

Together they explore:

• The overarching role of a Chief Financial Officer in a Not for Profit Organisation in 2018
• The changing responsibilities of a CFO in the NFP space 
• Future trends for Not for Profit CFOs
• CFO’s as advisers to the organisation
• What a CFO does when there are limited resources to support them to be advisers
• Where current NFP CFOs need to upskill
• How technology has and will impact a CFO’s role
• Who NFP CFO’s be working with
• And where can CFOs in Not for Profit organisations find information and advice


  • 2:48 – Understanding the role of a chief financial officer in a not-for-profit organisation in 2018
  • 4:10 – What makes a good not-for-profit CFO?
  • 7:30: Ensuring that an organisation is complying and meeting the needs of its beneficiaries
  • 8:32: How have the responsibilities of a CFO in the not-for-profit space changed over time?
  • 10:02 – Why have the responsibilities of a CFO in the not-for-profit space changed?
  • 11:14 - what are the future trends for a not-for-profit CFO?
  • 12:07 – Elaborating on the concept that CFOs are now advisers to the organization.
  • 15:45 - What does a CFO do when there are limited resources to allow them to be an adviser?
  • 18:29 - How will technology continue to impact the role of the CFO?

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