CEO Update

For those who celebrate, I hope you all had a happy and lovely break over Easter and Passover.  

Now that autumn is well and truly upon us, we’re in the throes of organising our third annual FIA Essential Member Update (EMU). It will take place via Zoom on Tuesday, 25 May, between noon and 2.00pm AEST. 

This year there will just be one national update. I would, of course, prefer to be doing updates in person in the different capital cities as it’s much more fun and collegial. However, because travel is still unpredictable and many fundraisers are still working from home rather than in their offices, I believe we’re better off having a virtual event again this year. Fingers crossed for in-person EMUs in 2022! 

I hope you can all be available for the update as we provide you with essential and useful information about the sector and to help you in your work. For those of you who haven’t attended before, topics include: 

  • current fundraising issues and trends 
  • government and regulatory issues 
  • important research results  
  • latest results from the FIA Code mystery shopping program.  

We’ll also have a panel with some well-known fundraisers discussing technology and innovation, which I think you’ll find thought-provoking. After the EMU, we’ll send you a white paper encapsulating some of the latest trends and discussion topics. 

Welcome to new members 

Every few months, I like to mention some of the newest members in the FIA family, to highlight the breadth, depth and diversity of FIA membership. A warm welcome to the following: 

Wildcare Tasmania is a community of volunteers and donors caring for the island’s wild places, wildlife and cultural heritage. The organisation has over 6,000 members and 60 volunteer groups. They offer inspiring opportunities in beautiful areas working in close partnership with government, councils and private landowners. 

Sydney Living Museums cares for 12 of the most important historic houses, gardens and museums in NSW on behalf of the state’s people. The organisation works to enrich and revitalise people’s lives with the city’s living history. The staff and volunteers bring their museums to life through a rich and diverse program of exhibitions, research and events such as walks, talks and tours so that people can experience Sydney’s past as if they had lived it themselves.  

Liptember is a campaign that raises funds and awareness for women’s mental health. Individuals commit to wearing lippy throughout September, and participants are encouraged to register online and seek sponsorship from family, friends and co-workers. Funds raised are donated to many charities in the mental health space, including The Centre for Women’s Mental Health, Lifeline, Batyr, The Jean Hailes Foundation, The Pretty Foundation and The Magpie Nest Women’s Program.  

The Emergency Action Alliance brings together Australia’s leading overseas aid charities to raise funds quickly and efficiently during major disasters and humanitarian crises. With its wealth of collective experience and strong networks on the ground, the organisation gets donations exactly where they’re needed, when they’re needed. This commitment to collaboration, transparency and accountability means that every dollar given will be used for maximum impact in their disaster responses. 

Australian Lutheran World Service is the overseas aid, resettlement and development agency of the Lutheran Church of Australia. Its objective is to reach out in love for justice by bringing people together to help end suffering. ALWS does this by helping people to live in more just/sustainable communities through long-term development programs and ensuring that those affected by emergencies and disasters receive life-sustaining care. ALWS also inspires the Lutheran churches and schools in Australia and partners with others to leverage broader change. 

Spinal Life Australia supports people with spinal cord damage to live an accessible, equitable and empowered life. The organisation is dedicated to advocacy on a local, state and national level, working with and on behalf of its members to create change on issues that matter to their community. They provide services ranging from personal support to help people at home, work and in the community, and allied health to provide the latest equipment, aids and technology, along with assessments for home modifications and driving. They also offer peer support and regional networks to connect and share experiences.  

The Institute for Respiratory Health is a charitable organisation and Australia’s only integrated scientific and clinical research institute dedicated specifically to investigating respiratory disease.  For over 20 years, the institute’s staff have been researching lung conditions to find cures and treatments that change people’s lives for the better. Researchers undertake clinical trials into chronic respiratory conditions such as bronchiectasis, COPD, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency and asthma. 

Stay safe and healthy and go well, everyone.  

Katherine Raskob 
Chief Executive Officer