Four new board appointments for fundraising’s peak body

Sydney, 9 March 2021 – Fundraising Institute Australia (FIA) held its annual general meeting virtually today and appointed four fundraisers to its board of directors as part of the event.

From left to right: Shanthini Naidoo, Lisa Allan, Dan Lalor and Rebecca Miller.

Joining the board of the peak body for professional fundraising are Shanthini Naidoo, chief executive officer, St Vincent’s Curran Foundation; Lisa Allan, head of marketing, The Smith Family; Dan Lalor, executive general manager-supporter impact, MS Queensland; and Rebecca Miller, strategic fundraising manager, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute.

The appointments are effective immediately for a two-year term.

“I’m delighted to welcome these talented fundraisers to our board,” said Katherine Raskob, FIA CEO. “The last year has been a challenging time for all Australians, and the fundraising sector is no different. These new members bring a great skill set, expertise and experience to ensure that FIA is well placed to continue its vital role in protecting, promoting and advocating for the fundraising sector.” 

Shanthini Naidoo is the CEO of the St Vincent’s Curran Foundation, which fundraises for St Vincent’s Health Network and its private hospitals in Sydney and Griffith, NSW. She has over 20 years of leadership, marketing and fundraising experience in iconic Australian institutions, including serving as assistant director of the National Gallery of Australia, head of fundraising at Taronga and Western Plains Zoos, and director of development and marketing at the Sydney Opera House. In 2017, she received a Churchill Fellowship to study philanthropy programs in the USA and UK.

Lisa Allan is a direct marketing professional with over 25 years of successful experience in management of staff, customers, brands and products. As a data-driven marketer with a flair for creativity and innovation, Lisa has led teams that have raised more than $450 million from the public for good causes. She has worked for both the Smith Family and WWF in Australia. Previously she worked in advertising and creative services for a major retail company in the USA. Lisa is a Fellow of Fundraising Institute Australia and has received numerous national and international awards for her work.

Dan Lalor started his not-for-profit career in 2011 at the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation in Queensland before leading the Ride to Conquer Cancer fundraising events series from 2012-14 as director, raising over $23 million for cancer research. He joined the MS Queensland fundraising team in 2014, where he led the delivery and strategy of 12 events annually, including the MS Brissie to the Bay, Queensland’s largest charity ride since 2015. Dan is currently MS Queensland’s executive general manager- supporter impact, encompassing fundraising and social impact investment strategy and delivery. He is also a member of FIA’s Queensland committee and the Wildlife Wonders experience committee, an eco-tourism initiative of the Victoria-based Conservation Ecology Centre.

Rebecca Miller has worked in the fundraising sector for over 21 years in both state and national roles. She has managed extensive fundraising programs covering direct marketing, face-to-face fundraising, major gifts, donor relations, gifts in Wills, event management, community, corporate partnerships, lotteries and tele-fundraising programs. Rebecca has been a board member of the Zahra Foundation Australia since 2018 and held positions on the South Australia/Northern Territory state committee of FIA for over 15 years, including serving as the state chair for three. She has also served as a committee member for South Australia’s FIA Showcase and the Northern Territory NFP Forum.

FIA’s continuing board members are James Garland, director, Dalton Garland Blanchard; Alan White, director, fundraising and marketing, Asylum Seeker Resource Centre; Paul Flynn, chief executive officer, The Hospital Research Foundation; Stephen Mally, director, FundraisingForce; Ben Cox, chief executive officer, Gold Coast Hospital Foundation; Meredith Dwyer (board chair), director, HomeMade Digital Australia; Vicki Rasmussen, executive director, Charlies Foundation for Research; Michele Folder, business development manager, Hobart City Mission and Jim Hungerford, chief executive officer, The Shepherd Centre. 

Katherine Raskob warmly thanked retiring board members Jennifer Doubell OAM, executive director, Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation; Marcus Blease, co-founder, Donor Republic; and Trudi Mitchell, deputy national director, Australia for UNHCR, for their hard work and dedication to FIA and the fundraising community. 

About Fundraising Institute Australia (FIA)

FIA is the largest representative body for the $10.5 billion fundraising sector. Members include charities and other fundraising not-for-profits operating domestically and internationally, as well as the organisations and professionals that provide services to them. FIA advocates for the interests of the sector, administers a self-regulatory Code, educates fundraising practitioners, promotes research and creates forums for the exchange of knowledge and ideas. 

For more information:
Kim Carter/FIA PR
0407 771 698