Internationally Recognised Researcher Offers Insight into Latest Social Trends


Local not-for-profit organisations are invited to learn about future trends in the technological, social and economic fields, as the Central Coast NFP Forum Series kicks off for 2019.

Brainchild of Fortunity Chartered Accountants, the widely popular series is returning for another year to provide assistance to the Coast’s not-for-profit sector through seminars, educational workshops and support services.

The topic of the February event: ‘Community and Social Trends for NFPs Towards 2030’, focuses on the trends shaping our nation, and their impact on not-for-profits and the communities they serve.

This timely seminar will be presented by Ashley Fell – a respected social researcher, TEDx speaker and Head of Communications at McCrindle, who is renowned for tracking emerging issues, researching social trends, and analysing customer segments.

Fortunity will also be running a smaller, tailored workshop following the event, where Ashley will focus on the recruitment, training and retention of a new generation of workers.

Fortunity Business Development Manager, Yvette Wright, said the February forum and workshop will present data that organisations, their boards and management cannot afford to ignore.

“It’s imperative that our local not-for-profit sector understands what’s coming up in terms of social, technological and economic trends, so they can be ready to respond to them appropriately,” said Ms Wright.

“Because this is such a vital area for not-for-profits, Fortunity will also be utilising the expertise of our keynote speaker, Ashley Fell, to run a smaller, more focused workshop the following day.

“Like the forum, the workshop will offer great insight into this hot topic, and I’m sure it will be very well-attended.”

Regional Development Australia Central Coast CEO and Director Regional Development, John Mouland, said the response to the 2018 NFP Forum Series had been overwhelmingly positive, and he was looking forward to its continued success in 2019.

“We’ve received fantastic feedback on all of the seminars and workshops that have been held so far, which is testament to the need for local not-for-profit organisations to receive this kind of support,” said Mr Mouland.

“The Central Coast NFP Forum Series is a one-stop-shop for all the latest information available for the sector, and in 2019, we’re continuing to showcase some of the country’s leading experts for the benefit of NFPs right here on the Central Coast.”

The NFP Forum on ‘Community and Social Trends for NFPs Towards 2030’ will be held on:

Monday 18 February 2019, from 3.30pm to 6pm
The University of Newcastle – Lecture Theatre 102, Loop Road, Ourimbah.

Topics covered in the forum will include:

• An overview of the latest Census data;
• Information on succession planning for not-for-profit organisations; and
• An insight into how population trends will impact our local communities.

The follow-up workshop will be held on:

Tuesday 19 February 2019, at 10am
The University of Newcastle – Lecture Theatre 102, Loop Road, Ourimbah.

Topics covered in the workshop will include:

• The ideal 21st century workplace;
• Managing and leading intergenerational teams;
• The changes and challenges of our ageing population; and
• The four biggest social trends redefining the not-for-profit landscape

Bookings for both the forum and follow-up workshop are essential. To register your interest, please contact Yvette Wright on 4304 8888 or

The 2018 Not-for-profit Forum Series is proudly supported by Regional Development Australia Central Coast, Fortunity Chartered Accounting and Financial Planning, Central Coast Surf Life Saving, Coast Shelter, Central Coast Leagues Club, Davistown RSL, Brisbane Water Legacy and Central Coast Community Transport.