CEO Update

Alexander Graham Bell, the telephone inventor, once said: “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” This is advice I’ve always taken to heart, especially when it comes to getting ready for speaking engagements! The last few weeks have been quite busy with several panels and presentations. 

In early August, I was a panellist for the NonProfit Alliance’s ‘Leading through the Labyrinth’ series. This event helps sector leaders wind their way through the maze that is the ever-increasingly complex social sector in Australia!

Along with Community Council for Australia’s CEO David Crosbie; Australian Institute of Company Directors’ NFP Lead Phil Butler; Centre for Social Impact CEO Professor Kristy Muir; and journalist Stephen Feneley, we discussed current challenges in the sector as a whole, including lack of political will for fundraising reform and broader social issues. We also talked about issues affecting the future of the sector, such as funding and technology. 

I was very honoured to be asked to present to the board of directors of one of our newest members: MJD Foundation. MJD is a hereditary neuro-degenerative condition that encompasses several diseases, including Huntington’s disease. I spoke about the fundraising regulatory landscape, fundraising practices, the FIA Code and trends. I also spoke about other issues that will impact how MJD plans its future in what is an increasingly challenging environment. The board was incredibly engaged. 

Last week, I also had the pleasure of talking with UK fundraising expert Stephen George on his Good Leaders Podcast. In our wide-ranging conversation, Stephen and I discussed fundraising in Australia, the sector’s unique sharing culture, the challenges fundraisers have in being recognised as professionals, gifts in wills and the changes coming. You can listen to it here:

Support #GivingTuesday

On another matter, I’m pleased to tell you that FIA is partnering with GiveNow, Australia’s first online platform company, to promote #GivingTuesday (3 December 2019). This event is a global celebration of generosity: a dedicated day of the year when people donate their time, goods or dollars, or the power of their voice, to charities, causes and community groups.

#GivingTuesday originated in the United States in 2012 when two organisations – the United Nations Foundation and the 92nd Street Y community centre in New York City – sought an antidote to the consumerism of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. Today, #GivingTuesday has reached more than 50 countries.

FIA is supporting this initiative because we believe it allows our members to include another fundraising opportunity in their calendars and it’s not an insignificant one: since 2012, #GivingTuesday has generated more than AU $1.25 billion globally in online donations alone and millions of volunteer hours! Let’s all get behind this great campaign.

Katherine Raskob

Chief Executive Officer