CEO Update

The joy of heading up a member organisation is meeting members and learning about the fantastic work they do and the impact they have on our society, both local and global.

It’s heartening to see new members join FIA in support of our sector, sign up to the FIA Code and be part of our incredible fundraising community.

Here are just a few of the organisations from around Australia that have joined FIA this year:

Since 2015, Reflections, a Perth-based, not-for-profit, has focused on reducing the impact of asbestos on the community. Their key objectives are to promote medical research into a long-term treatment for mesothelioma, increase awareness of the inherent risks of asbestos in our community and to provide support and connections between fellow sufferers of the asbestos-related disease.

From Queensland, Near Field Creative is a new Sunshine Coast-based start-up that creates smart clothing solutions to empower volunteers to have more meaningful conversations with donors and supporters. It’s quite a unique, innovative way to collect on-the-spot donations through uniforms.

Girl Guides Australia is building on a 100-year-old tradition of helping to develop a brighter and better world for girls and young women. Girl Guides fosters personal character based on values of respect and collaboration to engender leadership.

Samaritans, based in Newcastle, NSW, provides disability services, disability care, youth, family, mental health and community support to Australians in need.  They are the welfare arm of the Anglican Church and assist thousands every year.

Database Consultants Australia works with clients in the not-for-profit sector in database development, software creation and data management.  Headquartered in Melbourne, they assist clients across Australia, Asia and the US.

A new member organisation from Tasmania, The Antarctic Science Foundation supports world-class scientific research that advances the understanding and protection of the Antarctic, Southern Ocean and sub-Antarctic natural environments.

Scripture Union ACT is a Canberra-based, inter-denominational Christian movement working in the ACT for over 30 years. They work with churches to make God’s good news known to children, young people and families.

The list of new members to FIA in 2018 is too long to name, but we welcome all newcomers and encourage everyone to get involved in all that FIA has to offer, including in your state events in the coming year.  Over the coming months, I’ll let you know about other organisations who have become members. As always, I’m available anytime to hear your feedback, comments and suggestions for how FIA can best be of service to you.

On another note, Wednesday is the United Nation’s International Volunteer Day, and their 2018 theme explores how volunteers build resilient communities. Each year, hundreds of millions of people volunteer their time and skills to help make the world a better place. In Australia, there are about 3.6 million volunteers alone.

I’d like to extend my thanks to the more than 200 volunteers across Australia who help FIA in so many ways. This includes the state committees, special interest groups, awards judges, conference volunteers and the FIA board of directors and committee members. Volunteers are the lifeblood of FIA, and we could not do what we do without their help.


Katherine Raskob

Chief Executive Officer