Serhat has over 26 years’ experience in the non-profit sector. With a particular expertise in major gift strategies and programs, Serhat’s extraordinary breadth of work stretches across Australian universities, medical research facilities, independent schools, arts and community organisations.
As a consultant for Philanthropy Squared since 2012, Serhat has worked with a multitude of clients on a vast range of projects. Serhat takes great care to understand how development teams and programs operate within organisational structures and cultures to deliver the most effective strategies. With an expertise in Moves Management, Serhat is passionate about training and mentoring staff and has a profound understanding of donor behaviour, mastering the science behind what motivates individuals to give and remain engaged.
What attracts you to work in the non-profit sector?
I’m continually amazed by the people I work with – I’m struck by their remarkable and unrelenting passion for their respective projects and organisations.
Non-profits to watch?
I believe we are in the decade where Australian universities are waking up to the enormous potential of philanthropy. After so many years of promise, we’ve finally begun to see truly transformational giving by Australian donors to the higher education sector.
Next big trend in the sector?
Surprise, surprise; the next big trend in fundraising will be….relationships. Our work is all about people. The more we share our stories and engage with others face-to-face, the more successful the non-profit sector will be.