Community of Practice


Is COVID-19 hurting your job or career opportunities?

In only a few months, the pandemic has upended the daily lives of people around Australia including those working in the nonprofit and social enterprise sector. Many people have lost their job, or their job has been downsized, they have had to work from home, or learnt how to do their diverse work remotely. All of these changes have made many employees question what their future career might look like if organisations don’t return to a traditional working environment or staff numbers.

If you have questions about what has happened to the nonprofit workforce during the pandemic, or what you should be thinking and doing to protect and bolster your career and opportunities going forward, you are invited to join Associate Professor Wendy Scaife from The Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies (ACPNS) in conversation with Dylys Bertelsen who leads experienced nonprofit recruitment agency and social enterprise Windsor Group, who has been watching the trends and advising both employers and employees during the pandemic.

Join in to hear the issues and pose your questions in this online conversation between 9-10am on Thursday 30th July.

Register here.

About the Tea & Buns Community of Practice

Tea & Buns aims to create an opportunity for those working in nonprofit and social innovation to learn from each other, discuss the latest research and how we might apply research to our work. The webinar is online, free and gives you access to a vibrant network of like-minded people, including researchers at QUT.

Each month we will tackle topical leadership questions. These topics will be guided by the news, and what YOU want to talk about. There is no set agenda, and while we can’t promise to have all the answers, we do promise to provide a safe place to chat where you can tap into the insight, research and experiences of many people in the sector. You’ll also have the opportunity to find out about sector events, news and the big issues facing nonprofits.

Tea & Buns will be held on the last Thursday of each month from 9:00-10:00am AEST* so pop the dates in your calendar today or register below to receive the online link! We use Zoom so all you need is to turn up the sound on your computer and grab a cup of tea. A camera and microphone is helpful but not mandatory.

It’s free to attend and you’re welcome to send through your issues and questions any time during the month to Ruth at

Wherever you are in the world, please take the time to come along – you can come as a once off, or every month. You will become part of a network of great thinkers and doers who are working collaboratively to strengthen the philanthropy, nonprofit and social enterprise sector – and you might just find the answers to some of the questions you’ve been pondering on!

Disclaimer: Views and opinions represented in this Community of Practice are personal and do not necessarily represent the views of QUT.





Watch previous Tea & Buns webinars

JUNE 2020: Can organisational culture enhance fundraising results? 

At this Tea & Buns, Dr Ruth Knight and Dr Kathleen Chell from ACPNS discussed the link between organisational culture and fundraising results. Watch the recording now 


MAY 2020: Learning from fear and how it affects decision making

At this Tea & Buns we asked Eleanor Carey, dual world record holding adventurer, entrepreneur and author, about how fear has impacted her decisions, and strategies she has used to overcome fear. Watch the recording now


APRIL 2020: Daring to lead in times of uncertainty

At this Tea & Buns we asked psychologist and Certified Dare to LeadTM facilitator, Cassandra Levin about what research by Brené Brown says about leading bravely when you are feeling vulnerable and uncertain. Watch the recording now




Location: Online
Start Date: 30/07/2020
Start Time: 9 am
End Time: 10 am
Cost: Free
Register: Register