About Us

Community Practitioner Academy is Evolve Network‘s online learning wing.

Evolve Network has been delivering workshops to the community sector for over 15 years. We like to break down complicated theories and make sure learners have an informative and fun experience.

Our online content addresses everything you need to run a community organisation or project.

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Managing a NFP is not easy, with competing priorities, lacking resources and sometimes (let’s admit it) often dysfunctional governance or disastrous past management it’s likely you’ve inherited a basket case… Or, at least a highly stressful and challenging situation.

If you’ve found this page you’re probably asking yourself how one person is supposed to manage funding contracts, look after staff, report to a committee, oversee property, apply for funding, manage the books and maintain a compliant entity – then… care for clients.

And it’s more than likely you’re tired.


Choose from one, or a combination of the following units all available in the TASTER, In depth and incubator version:

Business planning: Once upon a time business plans were long and wordy documents, good for keeping doors open. These days a one page version is likely to be all you need. The key to one page business planning is to be succinct. This unit will run you through the one page business model canvas and also explore your ‘avatar’ (target market), organisational vision and mission and your ‘why’.

Intro to grants: Evolve Network’s well-received grant writing workshops have enabled organisations to receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding. How? By giving you the power back to manage your grant writing process. It’s a lot easier than you may think.

Finance basics: Are your finances in order? Whether your finances are managed via an accounting system, Excel spreadsheet or shoebox there are some basic tasks to undertake to make your reporting less of a last-minute hair pulling event and more of a well-oiled machine.

Marketing 101: There is so much to marketing it can be difficult to know where to start. Chances are you have too many – or too few platforms to promote your entity. You may be stuck with a logo designed via clip art in the 1990s and a brochure lovingly penned but sorely out of date. This topic covers your basic marketing P’s – place, price, promotion, product (yes, all relevant to your not for profit) and share some tools to shortcut through each.

Time saving systems: Can you list the things you do every day in your organisation? How about every week – month? Did you ever type a list of emails into a message and wonder why you hadn’t just set up a group? Or maybe you’ve dabbled with MailChimp or Trello but dumped it a few weeks in. Systems will free up your time and change your life and just because you’re on a limited budget doesn’t mean you can’t access some great stress saving systems.

Team management: Ah people. NFP managers often manage staff, volunteers, a committee and stakeholders, sometimes all at once (now do you know why you grind your teeth into the night). People and their foibles can eat up your entire day. Let’s make this easier for you as we address dealing with difficult people, simple HR systems and building a positive organisational culture.

Building collaborative networks for impact: Not only is collaboration an important 21st century skill, it’s something that even NFP people get wrong far too often. This topic will enable you to identify a full range of current and potential stakeholders, you’ll identify and (actually) network with the folks you need to meet right now, hone your elevator pitch and learn ways to make your networking more fruitful.

Kerry grace - Evolve NetworkKerry Grace, Director of Evolve Network has worked alongside and managed not for profit (NFP) organisations for twenty years. In this time there are very few organisational challenges she hasn’t experienced. Kerry has first hand experience of the dedication it takes to manage a not for profit and created this course to give NFP managers a simple toolkit to setup the things that otherwise take up too much time – think… grant writing, business planning, marketing strategy, human resource management… and more.

Kerry Grace is a highly regarded community leader, Not for Profit (NFP) Manager and consultant based in Regional NSW. With two decades of experience in the social impact sector, Kerry has undertaken dozens of projects in community engagement, adult education, social enterprise development, NFP service planning, community strategic planning, grant writing and also in senior leadership roles.

Kerry has successfully managed two NFP organisations, MiiMi Aboriginal Corporation (2008-2010) and Regional Development Australia Mid North Coast (2016-present). Kerry led both organisation through significant structural and operational changes which required organisational restructuring, systems implementation, stakeholder engagement and revenue stream generation.

Kerry is known for her abilities to get things done – exactly the spirit that drives this program.