New WA fundraising scholarship program open for applications

4 November 2019 – Fundraising Institute Australia – Western Australia (FIA WA), in partnership with the Euroz Charitable Foundation, has announced its inaugural Emerging Leaders Scholarship has opened for applications.

The $5,000 scholarship will provide educational opportunities for an exceptional early-career fundraiser in Western Australia (less than five years of sector experience) to expand their knowledge and understanding of fundraising practice.

The scholarship will allow the recipient to attend FIA’s national conference, the peak educational event on the fundraisers’ calendar, from 26-28 February 2020. The scholarship covers:

  • attending the three-day FIA Conference in Brisbane
  • one ticket to the gala dinner/awards night
  • three nights of accommodation at an FIA-approved hotel.

Bec Stott, chair of FIA’s WA State Committee, said that the scholarship would help to build capacity in the local fundraising sector.

“We’re excited about the new relationship with the Euroz Charitable Foundation and the opportunity that we’ve been able to create for early-career fundraisers here in Western Australia,” she said.

“We want WA fundraisers equipped to be skilled and ethical practitioners. We need more great fundraisers to help their organisations raise money because the need for funding is great out there for so many causes. A skilled fundraiser can deliver benefits to their non-profit organisation and through them, to the wider community,” she said.

Carolyn Turner, the FIA WA Committee member who approached the Euroz Charitable Foundation to fund the scholarship, said the Emerging Leaders Scholarship would also encourage fundraisers to consider a longer-term future in the sector.

“WA-based fundraisers have a harder time than most accessing training given the costs for them to travel interstate for conferences,” she said.

The scholarship is possible thanks to the $5,000 donation coming from the Euroz Charitable Foundation. Euroz is a diversified financial services company based in Perth.

Chris Webster, a director of the Euroz Charitable Foundation, said: “We’re delighted to help an early-career fundraiser in Western Australia to increase their skill base through the Emerging Leaders Scholarship. We’re very keen to grow the capital of our foundation so that every year we can give away more and more funds to worthy causes like this one.”

Applications close on Friday, 22 November at 5.00 pm with the scholarship recipient announced in December. More information, the judging criteria and the application form at https://fia.org.au/states/wa/

About Fundraising Institute Australia (FIA) and the FIA Foundation

Fundraising Institute Australia (FIA) is the peak body for the $9.9 billion charitable fundraising sector. The membership includes charities of all sizes as well as professionals and suppliers to the sector. FIA advocates for fundraisers and the fundraising profession, administers a self-regulatory Code, educates practitioners and creates forums for knowledge exchange and networking.

The FIA Foundation advances and develops training and education opportunities for fundraisers (including scholarships) by providing access to professional fundraising resources, facilitating sector research, helping create programs for fundraisers and promoting the contributions of professional fundraisers to the broader community.

About the FIA Conference

The peak event of its kind in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, the annual Fundraising Conference is a national event and an essential part of FIA’s annual professional development program. The largest gathering of fundraisers in the southern hemisphere, the conference program is designed so that fundraisers get exposure to both core and the latest fundraising techniques, trends and ideas. The conference also provides an opportunity to examine the present and future direction of the sector.

About the Euroz Charitable Foundation

Established in 2006, the Euroz Charitable Foundation represents Euroz’s ongoing commitment to the Western Australian community. To date, it has donated over $1.6 million to a variety of worthy West Australian-based charities including Homeless Healthcare, Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation, WA Symphony Orchestra and Youth Focus.

For more information:

Kim Carter
PR/communications specialist
0407 771 698
kcarter@fia.org.au