CEO Update: A year in review
As 2018 comes to a close, I wanted to reflect on some of the year’s highlights at FIA. First and foremost, I have enjoyed meeting and getting to know so many of you since I joined FIA in July and I remain in awe of the incredible impact you make every day in our world.
At FIA, 2018/2019 member renewals have been steady, and we’ve been delighted to welcome several new members to the FIA community. A renewed focus on member engagement and value has led me to most states and the ACT to hear about your experience with FIA and to learn how we can better assist you in your fundraising efforts. What has struck me is the quantum of support for FIA and a great desire to see our sector thrive which can only be possible when we work together.
In January we launched our revised self-regulatory Code. As part of this, we heavily promoted our online Code course to ensure members understand their obligations to best practice fundraising. I’m pleased to report that over 2,000 of you have engaged with the training, a strong signal that you view best practice and self-regulation as critically important for the sustainability of our sector.
In June we unveiled a refreshed brand image to complement an invigorated commitment to fundraising excellence. The contemporary new look is one of a suite of initiatives aimed at further positioning FIA as professional, knowledgeable and trustworthy, well-prepared to take its rightful place as the peak body for professional fundraising in Australia.
On the advocacy front, we continued to work with state and federal regulators to ease the red tape burden for fundraisers across Australia. I also appeared as a witness to the Senate Inquiry into Charity Fundraising in the 21st Century arguing for the need for harmonisation of legislation across the states and territories.
Throughout the year, we nurtured an active community of fundraisers through our state committees and our events program, particularly our hugely successful annual conference, which attracted 840 fundraisers in Sydney in March. Another highlight was the FIA National Awards for Excellence in Fundraising, drawing 390 attendees.
This year we refined our core professional development program and introduced new short courses in direct response fundraising and donor engagement. We have several new courses in development for 2019 in response to your requirements, and I’ll tell you about those in the New Year.
Finally, we organised another successful Include a Charity campaign which attracted more than 250 supporters to events around Australia. The campaign also garnered significant positive media coverage for this important cause.
I’m proud of what we’ve achieved this year and very much appreciate the incredible effort and hard work of so many member volunteers, the board and state committees and chairs. I would also like to thank our national partners, Blue Star and March One, who have supported us throughout the year and acknowledge the support of so many other partners and sponsors across our state and national events.
Last, but never least, I want to thank the FIA team who have endured quite an eventful year with numerous changes and challenges. I’m grateful for their resilience and cheerfulness and their warm welcome to me as their new CEO.
Thank you again for your support of FIA this year. I wish you and those close to you a happy and safe festive season and all the best for 2019.
Chief Executive Officer