Supported Programs

Strength to Strength

Professional Development


Strength to Strength is a professional development program hosted by Scanlon Foundation for emerging organisations working towards social cohesion.

The six workshops feature guest speakers and interactive opportunities to learn more, covering the following topics:

  • Strategy & Vision
  • Governance & People
  • Finance & Fundraising
  • Stakeholders & Communication
  • Public Relations & Marketing
  • Impact & Success

The program is free of charge and participating organisations are matched with mentors who bring professional experience and a desire to learn alongside the emerging leaders. Following the workshop series, the program leads provide participants with one-on-one support. This program is tailored for:

  • leaders of small and emerging groups or organisations
  • those interested in growing their organisations, and
  • those interested in connecting with other like-minded organisations

If you are in Melbourne or Sydney would like to enquire about becoming a participating organisation or a mentor, then please contact us at

Years Supported

2022 – 2024

Our Strength to Strength alumni includes:

  • Activate Youth
  • African Youth Alliance
  • Australia China Alumni Association
  • Bright Centre
  • Bittersweet Podcast
  • High Demand
  • Donde Mama!
  • Embrace Your Frizzique
  • Local Transit Co.
  • Nesian Media
  • National Refugee-led Advisory and Advocacy Group
  • Somali Australian Friendship Association
  • South Sudanese Australia Youth United (SSAYU)
  • Sweltering Cities
  • The Disruption Ent.
  • Twic East Girls Scholarship Program
  • Ubuntu Project
  • Young Assets Foundation
  • River Nile Learning Centre
  • Young Australian People



Program Leads:

Strength to Strength is coordinated by Anna Demant and Emily Umbers on behalf of Scanlon Foundation.

They have a combined 35 years experience working with diverse community-based organisations both in Australia and globally in the areas of project management, governance, philanthropy, fundraising, marketing, communications, media, PR and coaching and mentoring.

Anna is the Principal Consultant at First Tier Media and works with a range of organisations in the nonprofit sector to improve their philanthropic engagement; she is on the Advisory Board of Australian International Development Network; Committee member of Refugee Advice and Case Service and Grants Committee of Scanlon Foundation. Emily works in marketing and capacity support roles at the Australian International Development Network and Partners for Equity, primarily with grassroots organisations in East Africa.