The SILA Program was created to fill a need in the sector, which was identified through a Centre for Social Impact UNSW research report, “Leadership for Purpose: Investing in NFP Leadership and Capacity Development in Australia“.

Disruptive and innovative in concept, SILA focuses on leadership development and capacity building for CEOs of for-purpose organisations in Australia.

Designed by leaders in social impact education, and drawing upon hundreds of hours of interviews with CEOs, the program will be delivered annually for five years with a new cohort of leaders commencing each year in different locations around Australia.


SILA is an evidence-based program specifically developed to meet the needs of Australian CEOs and build the capacity of their organisations through financial investment, leadership development and tailored executive coaching.

SILA aims to disrupt common ideas of leadership to create greater social impact across Australia, and crucially it aims to build leadership cultures and capacity within the wider ecosystem of for-purpose organisations, rather than just individual leaders.

This is achieved by focusing on three intersecting pillars:

  • Individual leaders
  • For-purpose organisations
  • The broader social purpose ecosystem


SILA is a $9.6 million collaboration between four of Australia’s major foundations: The Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund, the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation and the Paul Ramsay Foundation.

The Centre for Social Impact, a world leader in social impact education, research and leadership, delivers the SILA Program.

SILA is heading to Queensland and Northern Territory in 2024/25. Applications are now closed.

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