Nigel Harris AM


Nigel Harris AM (MBA CFRE FFIA GAICD) is an established and highly regarded non-profit sector leader specialising in philanthropy and fundraising.

Nigel is Managing Director of Nigel Harris & Associates, an advisory and consulting practice specialising in philanthropy and fundraising leadership. He also has affiliations with other agencies in the non-profit sector where he provides specialist advisory services.

In a career spanning 40 years, Nigel has held executive leadership roles in non-profit organisations, most notably serving as Chief Executive Officer of Mater Foundation (Queensland) for 24 years.

Holding an MBA majoring in fundraising and 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 and has also received recognition through other non-profit management awards.

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 and stewarding practice credentialing, professional development and self-regulation initiatives. He has also held several international voluntary appointments within the philanthropic and fundraising sector.

Nigel serves on the Boards of Leukaemia Foundation Australia, the Institute for Sustainable Philanthropy (UK) and Braille House. He has previously served on the Community Council for Australia and CFRE International (USA) Boards. He is a Fellow of Fundraising Institute Australia, the Institute of Managers and Leaders and the CEO Institute. He is also a Past President of the Rotary Club of Albany Creek and has been active in community and sporting organisations for over 40 years.

In June 2022, Nigel was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in recognition of his contribution to the non-profit sector and the broader community.