CEO Update

I’m just back from a few days at the 28th annual Fundraising Institute New Zealand Conference in Auckland, where I participated in a ‘fireside chat’ about fundraising issues and trends with FINZ General Manager Michelle Berriman and Pareto Strategy Director Kerren Morris. I also gave an opening address to delegates and attended sessions on both days of the conference. 

This year, the theme was ‘takeaways,’ and the entire event was developed along this topic, which seemed to pull it all together nicely. I shared my own takeaways – the importance of building trust with our donors and why the Code and the development of our profession are so critical for the future sustainability of fundraising.

I understand that FINZ has had a tough couple of years, but what I was part of last week was a strong and vibrant community of fundraisers who came together to share their knowledge, skills and experience and to learn from each other – as well as celebrate incredible work that springs from a small country of very passionate fundraisers. They also know how to have fun!  It was the best attendance they had seen in many years, and I was pleased to participate in an event with such a positive and keen atmosphere.

Donor journeys, donor relationships and gratitude to donors were significant themes during the conference in masterclasses and sessions delivered by international keynotes and experienced Kiwi fundraisers. There were also practical sessions on topics usually top of mind for fundraisers – how to advance a gifts in Wills program, capital campaign development, and creating a holistic regular giving program from scratch. Despite the size of the country and the fundraising sector, the conference felt very mighty! 

And I reiterated the strong support of FIA to FINZ in the coming months and years as together we advance best practice fundraising in the Asia-Pacific region.  

FIA mentoring program applications are now open

Speaking of professional development, we’re now taking applications for our new and improved national mentoring program! This is an excellent way for members to gain advice, offer support and improve their practice. More information here.  

New members flock to FIA

With our membership renewal campaign now underway, I just thought I’d let you know about some organisations that have joined the FIA fold in the last few weeks.

The Girls & Boys Brigade (NSW) provides care and support to children and youth by offering recreation, education and activities that build life skills as a foundation for a positive future. I love their focus on resilience and practical life skills through recreation!

Karrkad-Kanjdji Trust (SA/NT) works in one of the most culturally rich areas of Australia: West and Central Arnhem Land. KKT brings together Indigenous ranger groups, communities and philanthropists to address issues such as environmental conservation, education and employment. The projects are unique, respectful and 100 per cent community driven.

The Animal Welfare League of South Australia (SA) delivers services for animals in need. Established in 1964, AWL cares for and re-homes around 12,000 surrendered, lost or abandoned animals every year. The staff pride themselves on their provision of high-quality animal care facilities and services to South Australia’s animals, their owners and the broader community.

Launceston City Mission (TAS) works alongside churches and community groups to bring friendship, care and compassion to those who feel socially isolated. For over 160 years, they have helped the lost, the poor and lonely through a varied program of social and evangelistic activities. Working in Jesus’ name, the organisation helps transform the lives of over 10,000 Northern Tasmanians each year.

Cosmos HealthCare Incorporated (WA) is an international health and development organisation, providing long-term sustainable health solutions in developing nations with voluntary medical teams from Australia supporting locally run overseas health projects. A current project is based in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

Encompass Community Services (VIC) is a not-for-profit organisation that promotes equality, universal opportunities for all and shaping sustainable local communities. They actively engage with people with physical, intellectual, sensory and psychological disabilities, as well as others who are disadvantaged like disengaged youth and the long-term unemployed.

Welcome all our new members, to this incredible fundraising community!

World Refugee Day coming up

Did you know this Thursday is World Refugee Day? This is when we commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees and demonstrate our support for people who have had to flee their homes and countries. If you can, please help. Our member, Australia for UNHCR, has more information here.

Katherine Raskob

Chief Executive Officer