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Nkweto Nkamba

NKWETO NKAMBA

Business Manager at Baptist Care (SA) Inc.

Awarded a scholarship for AIM's Managing Financial Resources short course, 2013


What sort of work does your organisation do?

Baptist Care in South Australia is a leading provider of community services with some 600 staff working with a diverse range of people in need from young toddlers to the aged. We literally help thousands of South Australians each year who are doing it tough.

Some of the services include:

  • Supporting struggling families from the Aboriginal, migrant and wider community;
  • Supporting the homeless by providing accommodation, individual support and over 25,000 meals a year.
  • We also work with very young children through to young adults unable to live at home and assist them with our 24/7 accommodation services.

Describe a typical day's work.

I do not have a typical day’s work per se due to the nature of my position but I do have a monthly accounting cycle which determines the outlook of any particular week. As the Business Manager for Emergency Care & Disability Services, I am responsible for the coordination of all financial management and reporting functions. Activities on any given day could include costing up a request for care by the Department for Families, checking off & coding requests for payments for my programs before being processed by accounts payable, attending scheduled or adhoc meetings with service stream managers or the Finance Team, Financial Modelling to provide service stream managers an on-going update of financial performance of their programs, and assisting new ECS staff in the use of our HRSS system.

On certain days of the month this could be combined with the preparation & analysis of monthly service stream financial reports and interpretation of these reports to the service stream managers, liaising with the Department’s Finance personnel and other end of month adjustments.

What were some of the key learnings from the Managing Financial Resources course?

  • Skills and manner in which to communicate finance matters to non-finance managers.
  • New reporting trends and requirements for the Not-for Profit sector.
  • The shift in funding trends from block funding (Grants) to activity based funding by most government departments & its implications on reporting.
  • Use of non-numerical data for finance decision making.

How has it impacted / changed / benefited your role and your organisation as a whole?

I have gained extra confidence in my interpretation and analysis of financial information after the course. I have also being able to identify and adequately meet the requirements of new funding trends by most government departments because the program I manage is 100% activity based, funded by the government. I have also been asked by my boss to consider conducting an abbreviated training session of what I learnt at the course to non-finance managers in our organisation.

How did you come to be working in the not-for-profit sector?

My life’s philosophy is a life lived for others is more fulfilling than a life lived for oneself. I have always had this approach in my personal life and it wasn’t until I worked for a not-for-profit organisation (SOS Childrens’ Village) that I realised I could use my accounting skills to help better other people’s lives and in turn live a more fulfilled life myself. My first accounting job was in an accounting firm then a transport company which both did not give me the same satisfaction as my third job when I joined SOS. Ever since then I have worked in the not-for-profit sector. After SOS, I worked for Department for Families & Communities (6 years), then Edge Church International (2 years) & now with Baptist Care SA for just over two years.

What do you feel is most needed to sustain and build the impact of the not-for-profit sector?

  • Increasing public awareness to the work NFP organisations do.
  • Transparency should be a high priority for NFP organisations to build and sustain donor confidence.
  • Good stewardship of resources to build a good reputation the public can trust.
  • Government’s public and financial support of the NFP sector there by encouraging private corporations to do the same.

What is something interesting / unique / unusual about you?

Interesting: I am a bit of a speed junkie. I ride a motor bike and love the thrill of it (responsibly obviously). I also like to go jet skiing.

Unique: My smile and cute dimples - so I have been told!

Unusual about you: At core as a person, I am a people person who is very outgoing but I also enjoy a desk job were most of the interaction is with a computer rather than people.


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"A life lived for others is more fulfilling than a life lived for oneself."


ABOUT NKWETO:

In 2013, Nkweto was awarded a scholarship to attend one of AIM's many short courses. Later that year he was also awarded a CPA Australia Program Scholarship to further develop his understanding of financial issues faced by not-for-profits.

ABOUT BAPTIST CARE:

Annual revenue / size:

Large: $5m - $25m pa

Segment of NFP sector:

Social Services

Operating in:

SA

Website:

http://www.baptistcaresa.org.au/