Nigel Harris & Associates

About Us

Nigel Harris and Associates works with boards and executive teams to solve challenges around philanthropy and fundraising, engagement in giving and strategic execution.

Unlock your fundraising leadership advantage

Nigel Harris and Associates provides advisory and consulting services, drawing on decades of practical experience in philanthropy and fundraising leadership. We offer expertise and insights into governance, executive leadership and applied fundraising practice.  

Our approach is curious and thought-provoking. We challenge what is known about philanthropy and fundraising, and think differently to solve problems.

Nigel Harris AM - a proven sector leader

Nigel is a highly regarded leader in the not-for-profit sector. He specialises in philanthropy and fundraising, and is well-known for his success in organisational growth and development. 

Nigel’s career has spanned over forty years, mostly in executive leadership roles. 

He served as Chief Executive Officer of Mater Foundation (Queensland), a position he held for 24 years between 1996 and 2020.

Over this time, Nigel grew Mater Foundation’s annual fundraising revenue from two million to seventy-three million dollars.

He established the Foundation as one of Australia’s largest health charities, becoming a major funder of medical research and clinical services. 

Nigel holds a Master of Business Administration, majoring in fundraising, as well as qualifications in public relations and marketing. Nigel is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2022 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Nigel has seen the profession of fundraising evolve significantly over the past four decades. He continues to be a significant influencer and innovator in the sector.

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