In early February, I was in Brisbane with PFRA CEO Peter Hills-Jones to meet with representatives of the Queensland Office of Fair Trading to discuss the state’s complex fundraising legislation. Together, Peter and I appealed strongly for the need for fundraising legislation reform in Queensland to help our members do their work more efficiently and with a lot less red tape.
Queensland remains one of the hardest places to fundraise in Australia because of so much regulation and red tape. We agreed that we would continue to discuss the issues for FIA members and help the QLD Office of Fair Trading understand the impact it has on fundraising.
While in Brisbane, I also had the opportunity to meet two more inspiring member organisations: St Vincent de Paul Society QLD and UnitingCare QLD.
Last Monday, I drove to Canberra and had a productive meeting with the Hon Dr Andrew Leigh MP, who is the shadow assistant treasurer and the shadow minister for charities and not-for-profits. This meeting was an essential ‘getting to know you’ session so that he is aware of the work that FIA is doing in terms of self-regulation and sustainability of the fundraising sector in Australia.
Dr Leigh is supportive of the sector and is keen to understand the issues that our members face around the important work they do in raising funds for needy causes.
In Canberra, I also had the great pleasure of meeting Martin Laverty, CEO of the national Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS). Martin and I talked about the history and structure of the RFDS, an organisation I have long admired. RFDS has the title of the most trusted charity in the country (eight years running) on the Charities Reputation Index. But ever humble, this is not something RFDS staff take for granted!
Speaking of RFDS, you can read about their General Manager-Marketing and Fundraising, Andy Moore (RFDS South Eastern Section), in this edition. Andy, a former consultant who has worked in PR agencies, government and not-for-profits, gravitated towards work that makes a difference after surviving cancer. He is now busy transforming marketing, communications and fundraising activities at RFDS South Eastern. Happy reading.