New Strategic Partnership aids Aspiring Leaders


Outward Bound Australia and The Smith Family’s annual National Aspiring Leaders Summit (NALS) will now be able to continue providing leadership opportunities to young people across Australia thanks to a new partnership with The Trust Company.

Outward Bound Australia and The Smith Family were selected by The Trust Company as one of 17 Strategic Partners in the not-for-profit sector, as part of its Engaged Philanthropy Strategy.

The partnership will see a multi-year financial commitment from The Trust Company as Trustee for the Fred P. Archer Charitable Trust to fund the NALS Program for three years, giving Outward Bound and The Smith Family the necessary resources to offer young people across Australia the opportunity to learn leaderships skills that can help them make a difference in their communities.

Simon Lewis, Head of Strategic Partnerships, Communications and Community at The Trust Company said each Strategic Partner falls into three program areas; Socially Inclusive Education, Positive Ageing and Living with Disability with organisations that support social enterprise, innovation and capacity building also identified as partners

“Outward Bound and The Smith Family were chosen for demonstrating alignment between their program and the core objective of the Engaged Philanthropic Strategy, to maximise the discernable social impact for the benefactors who have entrusted us with their legacy,” Mr Lewis said.

The National Aspiring Leaders Summit falls into The Trust Company’s program area of Social Inclusive Education, with the program focusing on developing the necessary skills, attitudes and behaviours in young people that will allow them to effectively address social problems and declines in modern society as positive leaders.

At a fundamental level, NALS addresses six declines in modern society through experiential education and facilitation: self-discipline; compassion; initiative and enterprise; fitness; memory and imagination; and skill and care.

By addressing these social declines and providing young people with resilience, confidence and self-awareness, Outward Bound and The Smith Family, together with The Trust Company, aim to engage young people and encourage a significant, long-term positive impact in Australian communities.

Outward Bound Australia CEO Darren Black says the National Aspiring Leadership Summit is always a highlight of Outward Bound’s calendar.

“The progress the young people make during their week at the Aspiring Leaders Summit with Outward Bound is amazing,” Mr Black said.

“Their drive and commitment to making a difference in their community is inspiring to see.”

The discretionary funding for Outward Bound and The Smith Family’s NALS program, along with The Trust Company’s 16 other partners, is distributed through the Fred P. Archer Charitable Trust, for which The Trust Company is Trustee. The Trust was established by Fred P. Archer prior to his death in 1977 after spending 54 years in Papua New Guinea. The trust deed directs distributions “For the relief of poverty within the Commonwealth of Australia including Papua New Guinea, for the advancement of education and for other like purposes”.

For more information about the NALS Program, or if you are interested in partnering with Outward Bound to offer young Australians life-changing opportunities, contact:

Australian Outward Bound Development Fund Director, Lucas Gamble
Ph: 1800 627 999
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About The Trust Company

The Trust Company is one of Australia’s longest-serving financial services companies with over 125 years of experience. The Trust Company Group provides trustee services for personal, corporate and philanthropy clients and has over A$1 billion in charitable funds under administration. Currently serving as trustee for over 800 charitable trusts, The Trust Company has recently launched a new Engaged Philanthropy program, designed to create lasting social impact in the community. This is led by 17 strategic partnerships with key non-profit organisations across the sector.

The Trust Company Group has offices in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.

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