CEO Update

It’s been a busy couple of weeks. Helen Merrick, FIA’s executive manager and I have been giving radio interviews about fundraising and the ongoing bushfire crisis. Topics have included donor generosity, donor fatigue, the future of fundraising, and how to avoid bushfire scams.

Sadly, venerable charities like Australian Red Cross, the Salvos and Vinnies have been unfairly criticised from certain quarters of the media about how they are administering the donations flowing in.

These charities are respected household names and are experienced and skilled at administering the funds. They will see that they get to where they are needed. Of course, we would all like this to happen quickly, but there are issues to consider around getting funds to the right place, to the right people and to ensure that resources are not wasted.

You can listen to my interview last Thursday on 702 ABC Sydney Breakfast with Robbie Buck and Wendy Harmer here (at the 1:22:15 mark).

We are currently conducting a piece of research with More Strategic on the bushfires and donor response/fatigue and will report back soon with the findings.

On another matter, our 2020 professional development brochure is out, and we have special early bird rates available. If you enrol by 13 March, you’ll receive a 20 percent discount on any course. Check our website for more details. Why not take advantage of the savings and add to your fundraising knowledge base?

And don’t forget the Fundraisers’ Gala Dinner is coming up in Brisbane on Thursday,  27 February where we will announce the winners of the newly refreshed FIA National Awards for Excellence in Fundraising. We’ve got a 1960s theme this year (party like it’s 1968!) so dig out those bell-bottoms, get your beehive and minis on and buy your tickets here.

Katherine Raskob
Chief Executive