An American Express ad I remember from the 1990s featured the slogan: ‘membership has its privileges.’ It suggested that people who had their credit card were successful and going places. I think that philosophy could also apply to FIA membership.
Having FIA membership remains relevant and critical to fundraisers everywhere. We provide the oversight of professional standards and ethical practice in fundraising, always keeping the donor’s interests front and centre. We advocate to government and write submissions on issues impacting the sector on your behalf. A third, but no less essential purpose of FIA, is to provide a hub for members to learn from and network with each other through a national conference and local events. And of course, we provide our members with quality education, mentoring and resources for ongoing learning and career development.
One of the more pleasant surprises of this challenging year has been that new members have continued to join the FIA family this year – 95 at last count. Here are just a few of the organisations who have joined our community recently.
The Multicultural Communities Council of Illawarra is a non-profit organisation that supports people and communities from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama and Shoalhaven. MCCI delivers numerous services across New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, including aged care, youth development programs, stakeholder engagement, community capacity building, volunteering and training. It’s one of the most culturally diverse workplaces in the Illawarra with staff and volunteers from 40 different ethnic backgrounds and 21 languages spoken.
Baby Give Back, located on Queensland’s Gold Coast, helps families in crisis because they believe every baby deserves an equal start. They provide donations via social service agencies and social workers who assess a family’s need. These include nappies, wipes, prams, cots and car seats and everything in between. Everything that leaves the Varsity Lakes warehouse is cleaned, safety checked, in good condition and beautifully packaged for families in need.
Launched in 2019, The Masonic Charities Trust is an initiative of the Freemasons of South Australia and the Northern Territory. Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest and largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations. Masonic Charities donates 4 per cent of its corpus each year, currently over $2 million, to help thousands of disadvantaged and vulnerable people to live fulfilling lives and participate actively in society.
Based in Victoria, the Bionics Institute of Australia is a non-profit, independent biomedical research organisation. Their staff conduct innovative research into areas of clinical need to develop medical devices, therapies and diagnostic tools which can help to transform people’s lives. The Bionics Institute of Australia is pioneering new technologies that address the unmet needs of people living with hearing loss, tinnitus, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, stroke and many other conditions.
Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association is the peak body for sport, recreation and fitness for people with a physical disability or vision impairment in Queensland. The association’s mission is to ‘enhance the lives of people with a disability through community engagement and education, sport and healthy activity.’
Located in New South Wales, the team at Glaucoma Australia dedicate themselves to providing sight-saving education, support and advocacy to people with glaucoma and their families. They help people with glaucoma get detected early and support them to adhere to their treatment management plan to prevent irreversible sight loss and maintain quality of life.
Through generous community support, the Western Australia-based St John of God Foundation raises funds for advancements in medical technology and research carried out in St John of God’s various hospitals. Their goal is to help improve lives and create hope across Australia.
Welcome to all new FIA members. For those who’ve been with us for much longer, thank you for your ongoing support and commitment to your professional body.
Chief Executive Officer