I’ve spent the last couple of weeks travelling around the country to deliver our inaugural Essential Member Update in each state and the ACT. These updates were an opportunity to provide members with vital sector information including the latest news on government and regulatory issues, privacy and data challenges, findings of the FIA Code Authority on our first round of Code monitoring, as well as fundraising trends.
I’ve been delighted with the attendance, and it tells me you are all interested in keeping up to date with developments in our sector, which is heartening. If you missed the event in your state capital or territory, there is a Zoom session scheduled this Thursday at 2pm AEST, so you don’t have to miss out.
Last Monday I attended a very enjoyable book launch at Oxfam Australia in Melbourne. Peter Dalton FFIA CFRE has teamed up with Robinson Roe, a corporate executive, to publish Giving Hope: The Journey of the For-Purpose Organisation and Its Quest for Success. This guide for fundraisers focuses on the concepts of emotional fundraising, lifetime value and the donor pyramid, and includes case studies of Plan International, Mater Foundation and Oxfam Australia. You can read a review of the book by Leo Orland FFIA CFRE in this edition.
In between delivering the Essential Member Update I also had the chance to meet more FIA members, including the team at the Heart Foundation in Canberra, where I learned more about their work helping to improve heart health across Australia.
As you probably know, heart disease is the biggest killer of Australians. I have lost family members to heart disease, so I confess to taking a personal interest in their research and work to help Australians on a journey to better heart health.
In other health news, this Thursday is Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, so why not get your colleagues together over tea and treats to support those impacted by cancer? You can host your tea anytime in May or June if you’re not free Thursday. Click here to find out more.
Finally, this is National Volunteer Week (NVW), the annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation’s six million volunteers. The theme for 2019 is ‘Making a world of difference’, and to celebrate, we’ve profiled several volunteers from member organisations. In this edition, you can read about Alex Vakitsidis, who has been volunteering for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and their Hospital Research Foundation for more than 30 years. She actually goes to 900 houses during the festive season to sing carols to fundraise for the hospital and foundation! You’ll find more interviews with volunteers from around the country on our social media channels this week and in future editions of The Fundraiser. I hope you enjoy reading about these energetic, creative and generous people.
Chief Executive Officer