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Nigel Harris CFRE

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Nigel Harris & Associates



Nigel is managing director of Nigel Harris & Associates and founding partner of Giving Architects Australia. In a career spanning almost 40 years, Nigel has held executive leadership roles in nonprofit organisations for all that time, most notably serving as chief executive of Mater Foundation (Queensland) for 24 years.

Holding an MBA majoring in fundraising as well as qualifications in public relations and marketing, Nigel is also a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). In 2012 he was recognised as the Arthur Venn Australian Fundraising Professional of the Year.  

Nigel has played a significant leadership role within Fundraising Institute Australia (FIA) over the past 35 years, serving as board chair on two separate occasions. He has also held a number of national and international board and other voluntary appointments within the philanthropic and fundraising sector. He is a fellow of Fundraising Institute Australia, of the Institute of Managers and Leaders, and of the CEO Institute. 

Areas of interest

  • Leadership and governance

  • Fundraising and organisational development

  • Recruitment and training in fundraising 

  • Professional identity in fundraising practice.

Rogare involvement

  • Council Member 2020 to date

    • Governance and Oversight Group

    • Funding and Fundraising Group - chair

    • Metrics and Measurement Group

  • Critical Fundraising blogger –  intellectual curiosity in fundraising 

  • Rogare board member 2019-20

  • Member of International Advisory Panel 2016-20

  • Panel member – epistemology in fundraising, APF I-Con 2019

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