CEO Update

On Friday the Government released its response to the ACNC review, including recommendations from the Senate Select Committee into Charitable Fundraising. We were very pleased to see FIA’s approach to harmonisation of state/territory fundraising laws has been accepted. You can read more about the recommendations here.

I’m still on a high from this year’s conference in Brisbane earlier this month. The quality of presentations from our many international and local experts was once again excellent, and I thank the 2020 FIA Conference Program Committee, so capably led by Care Australia’s Alice Anwar, for organising a thoughtful, incredibly relevant program.

It was great to connect with so many of you during the conference and thank you all for attending. I  hope you found the sessions valuable for your professional development. Do answer the surveys about the speakers and exhibition that we sent to you. Your opinion counts and helps us to learn what we did well and where we can improve, so the event gives you what you need to advance your career and best practice in fundraising.

The FIA Awards for Excellence in Fundraising also proved to be a great event. Congratulations to everyone who won, including the 2020 Arthur Venn Fundraiser of the Year, Martin Paul FFIA CFRE from More Strategic; Young Fundraiser of the Year Steffi Chang from Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation, and Fundraising Team of the Year, the Royal Flying Doctors Service (Queensland Section). Well done, everyone!

Member updates and pop ups coming up

But that’s not it for us when it comes to professional development and keeping up to date with issues that impact you. In May, we will hold our second set of FIA Essential Member Updates in every state and the Australian Capital Territory, and via Zoom for our members in regional areas.

These updates provide members with useful sector information affecting fundraisers and their organisations. We’ll delve into the latest government and regulatory issues and what FIA is doing in that space, privacy and data, the most recent findings of the FIA mystery shopping program, trends and more. We’ll also provide you with a white paper that sums up some of these critical areas – more information to follow on dates and venues.  

I’m also excited to announce that we are partnering with The Resource Alliance to organise a couple of pop-up events in Australia this year. IFC Pop Ups are one-day fundraising inspiration and learning sessions jam-packed with some of the best speakers from IFC Holland and Asia.

Presented in video format with live Q & A via Skype with some of the speakers, the IFC Pop Ups will allow members to learn from some of the world’s leading fundraising experts while also networking with peers on how to apply these learnings locally. The events will take place in Melbourne on Thursday, 4 June and Sydney, Wednesday, 1 July. More details to follow.

In this edition, you can also read an article about the recently released 2020 Edelman Trust Barometer. Despite a strong economy, Australians have the highest level of distrust in the world in the four institutions measured: government, business, media and NGOs. What was also worrying was that in a supplementary Australian study conducted during the bushfire crisis, trust declined even more. The survey found that NGOs lead as the only ethical institution though they aren’t viewed as competent as business. 

On a brighter note, yesterday was International Women’s Day, which celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women everywhere. You’ll want to read our Q&A with the delightful Erica Larke-Ewing, director of fundraising and marketing at Cancer Council Tasmania, who is our interview for this week.

At the end of March, I’m off to the AFP Conference in Baltimore to present on the FIA Code mystery shopping program and our progress with advancing ethical, best-practice fundraising. It is exciting to go to the world’s largest fundraising conference as a speaker.  I also plan to attend sessions and look forward to sharing some of my learnings with you upon my return.

Katherine Raskob
Chief Executive Officer