CEO Update

Now that September is fast approaching, we are wrapping up membership renewals; thanks to all members who have renewed, for your continued commitment to and support of professional fundraising and FIA. It’s very much appreciated.   

You may know that FIA’s professional honours system recognises and celebrates distinguished service amongst our members – those who uphold the very highest professional and ethical standards of fundraising and have made a significant contribution to society. Nominations are now open for election as a Fellow of FIA and for election to the status of Emeritus Member of FIA. Do you have a colleague deserving of these honours? Please nominate them here Celebrating Distinguished Service – Fundraising Institute Australia ( 

A key benefit of FIA membership is our fantastic mentoring program. I’m delighted to report that we had 170 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 2021 program.  

Another member benefit, the FIA Awards for Excellence, has a deadline that is fast approaching – get your nominations in by Friday 3 September 2021. The application is free and the process is easier than ever so don’t delay.   

One thing I really enjoy about leading FIA is the meaningful connections that we can make which positively impact our members. Recently a research professor from Monash University reached out to ask if any FIA members might be interested in a study he is leading to develop a measurement framework for impact, particularly, at the system level.  The study can be tailored to provide the member with an impact measurement framework; FIA are keen to work with them to see if we could provide this kind of framework for members more broadly. The research team has deep expertise in working with not for profit organisations and other purpose-driven organizations to design impact measurement approaches. The lead researcher will be Dr Paul Thambar, Department of Accounting, Monash Business School. Expressions of interest to engage with the research team can be made directly to me at 

Stay safe and well, everyone.   

Katherine Raskob 

Chief Executive Officer