Women’s Environmental Leadership Australia

What we do

Kilfinan is the only Australian charity creating transformational mentorships that leverage cross-sector collaboration between business, government, and not-for-profit leaders to strengthen not-for-profit leadership.

Kilfinan mentorships are strategic, long-lasting, impactful partnerships that leverage the talent and knowhow of some of Australia’s most experienced and highly regarded senior leaders.

Why we do it

More than ever, leaders of not-for-profits need to be skilled, adaptable and innovative. They must navigate complexity and uncertainty, increasing service demand, workforce and resourcing challenges, all while delivering quality services to communities.

It’s a tough job, but we believe passionately that people working to improve the lives of others in the community should never have to feel isolated in their roles.

Our impact

Our mentorships unlock the full potential of social purpose leaders, creating a ripple effect for their organisations and communities.

In fact, our research shows that organisations led by our mentees better navigate risk, are more financially sustainable, and operate to a higher standard.

Put simply, when social purpose leaders thrive, their organisations and communities thrive, too.

Our core values

Integrity and trust
We do what we say we will do. We act with thoughtfulness and respect for our community and colleagues alike.

We pursue excellence in projects, programs, and processes. We take pride in our work, have high standards, and we follow through.

Value creation
We value the talent, time, and intentions of our community and colleagues. We add value to lives and livelihoods to create a lasting, positive impact.

Collaboration and support
We create an encouraging, caring, and supportive environment. We are generous with our time, our knowledge, and our work.

We demonstrate leadership in our field, take ownership in our work, and have pride in what we deliver as a team. Our focus is on a successful outcome for all.

Our team

Kilfinan is run by a small but mighty team of seven part-time and casual staff across Australia, with our operations based on Wurundjeri Country in Melbourne, Victoria.

This team rallies our national community of mentors and mentees, and oversees hundreds of mentorships each year.

Contact us

We rely on the generous support of our community to provide our services. There are several ways to get involved.

Reach out to us to learn more about Kilfinan and have a confidential discussion with one of our team.