CEO Update

I’ve been thinking about Victoria a lot since the latest lockdown restrictions were imposed and I’m so dismayed at the pain that Victorians are going through. A huge thanks to all the frontline workers who are putting themselves at considerable personal risk to help the community. And my best to everyone working in fundraising in the state. Our thoughts are with you as you go through the next few weeks.  

Membership renewal is going well, and it’s so great to see the continued commitment to FIA and professional fundraising, especially during challenging times. Your membership fees go a long way towards helping us to advocate on behalf of the fundraising community as well as to promote, educate and protect it. 

This quarter, we’re pleased to welcome several new members to the FIA family, including: 

Sisters of Charity of Australia is a congregation of religious sisters in the Catholic Church who have served the Australian people since 1838. Sent to Australia by founder Mother Mary Aikenhead, the sisters have always been quick to help where they’re most needed. Over the years, they’ve worked in health and aged care, education, social service and issues of justice – areas in which the poor and vulnerable in society are most at risk.  

Giving Architects is a New Zealand-based consultancy that provides innovative ways to complement and grow giving for social purpose organisations. They also offer social impact investment opportunities for socially minded benefactors. Former Mater Foundation (Queensland) CEO Nigel Harris has recently joined the consultancy to expand it here as the founding partner of Giving Architects Australia. 

The Good Friday Appeal is a not-for-profit charity in Victoria that raises money to enable The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne to provide the most exceptional care for sick kids. The appeal brings together all sectors of the community to raise funds every year, culminating in a 15-hour telethon on Good Friday. 

Based in New South Wales, Hello Sunday Morning aims to change the world’s relationship with alcohol, one Sunday at a time. Whether that means abstaining, taking a break or simply understanding how to have a relationship with alcohol, the organisation is there to support people and their choices.  

Based in Western Australia, Bravery Trust is a nationally operated military charity that changes lives by ensuring current and former members of the Australian Defence Force, and their families, don’t suffer because of their service. They provide urgent financial support and counselling to those who have suffered injury or illness as a result of their service.  

On behalf of all members and the team at FIA, we would like to extend our warmest welcome and good wishes to our new members. 

In other news, I’m pleased to report we had 109 applications for the FIA National Mentoring Program this year. It’s lovely to see so many experienced fundraisers want to give back and guide the next generation of fundraising superstars in their career journey, and that mentees are keen to seek out experienced fundraisers for guidance. Thanks to everyone who applied to be part of the 2020 program.  

And finally, I wanted to alert you that the NSW Department of Fair trading is seeking submissions for the Charitable Fundraising Regulation 2020.

The proposed Regulation keeps many of the existing requirements in the Charitable Fundraising Regulation 2015, However it introduces stronger accountability measures with clearer record-keeping and accounting requirements, streamlined language to help understand what the requirements are and thresholds that align with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) requirements.

FIA will be making a submission on behalf of members. Any questions should be forwarded to Blake Tierney, Executive Manager Regulatory Affairs and Policy –  btierney@fia.org.au or 02 9410 5905

And finally, I wanted to alert you that the NSW Department of Fair Trading is seeking submissions for the Charitable Fundraising Regulation 2020. 

The proposed Regulation keeps many of the existing requirements in the Charitable Fundraising Regulation 2015. However, it introduces stronger accountability measures with clearer record-keeping and accounting requirements, streamlined language to help understand what the requirements are, and thresholds that align with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) requirements. 

FIA will be making a submission on behalf of members. Any questions should be forwarded to Blake Tierney, executive manager – regulatory affairs and policy. Email: btierney@fia.org.au or phone: 02 9410 5905. 

Katherine Raskob 
Chief Executive