FIA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

This is word image in the shape of a red love heart that includes words associated with Diversity, Equity & Inclusion such a access, aspire, respect, acceptance, barriers, remove, empathy, understanding, participation, commitment, recognition and many more words.

FIA’s mission is to advance ethical best-practice fundraising for the continued success and sustainability of fundraising in Australia. As part of this, we are committed to promoting and increasing diversity, equity and inclusion in the fundraising profession in Australia by supporting fundraisers from all backgrounds, perspectives and experiences. Working together, we hope to find ways to create opportunities and remove barriers in order to promote inclusion for all in our sector.

Diversity is about all of us, and about us having to figure out how to walk through this world together.

Jacqueline Woodson

Where are we in our process?

In 2020, we sent a call-out inviting fundraisers to be part of our sector-wide Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) project aimed at exploring possible approaches to better enabling a diverse, equal and inclusive fundraising sector. We received over 80 responses expressing interest in being involved as Instigators, Supporters, Representatives and interested Community depending on people’s time commitment. Our Instigator group is made up of 17 people РFIA members and others Рwho are key project drivers involved at every level and stage of the project.

Since June 2020, we have been making steady progress meeting with our fabulously engaged group of Instigators every six weeks. These workshops aimed to connect our community of Instigators to our shared purpose of promoting and increasing diversity, equity and inclusion in the fundraising profession, learn more about who we are and what we can contribute that will incorporate and promote social inclusion for all. Our Instigators have now participated in four workshops working through the Design Thinking Double Diamond Process to reflect on and provide insight into the purpose of the group and to map out the journey going forward. The group has made significant progress in exploring and drafting principles that will guide us going forward and are currently working on drafting a Purpose to Practice statement.

This image depicts the Double Diamond Process Model of:
Discover, Define, Develop, Deliver which is combined with convergent and divergent workflows: discover & diverge, define& converge, develop & diverge, deliver & converge.

Our next steps are to broaden our engagement with the broader sector as we move into the Discovery phase of the design process where we will explore our communities, the issues at play, and open a dialogue with those who would like to be more involved with the process. We will be in contact with the Supporters who expressed interest in engaging with and supporting the Instigators, and the Representatives who would like to represent their network; consulting and engaging with them to support the project. We will also consult with interested Community to seek feedback and provide input informally as we move forward.

2021 includes some exciting initiatives as we put in to place a considered, informed, and consultative process to progress Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in fundraising.

Look out for more announcements through the year and how you can become involved.

If you would like any more information please contact Katherine Raskob, kraskob@fia.org.au or Karen Mutch, kmutch@fia.org.au.