Fundraising Essentials

Learn the important skills and knowledge to underpin your fundraising career

Our Fundraising Essentials course provides you with the practical tools to help get you started as a fundraiser. Covering key principles in ethical fundraising and the basics of fundraising practice, this course is rich with best practice examples that brings theory to life and will fast-track your knowledge of practical fundraising techniques, so you can hit the ground running in your fundraising role.

What you’ll learn

  • How the fundraising sector works in Australia
  • Key regulations that impact fundraisers and not-for-profits
  • Motivating factors of donor generosity and charitable giving
  • Fundraising channels, trends and methodologies
  • The role of quality data and people

Who is this course for?

  • People who are new to the fundraising sector with little or no knowledge of fundraising techniques and practice
  • People already working in the not for profit sector but are new to a fundraising role
  • People who may be looking to enter the charity and not-for-profit sector in a fundraising role


  In-class    Early Bird Online
Professional Member $415 $330 $235
Staff of organisational member $440 $355 $250
Non-member $520 $415 $290

Venues and starting dates for Semester One

For venue information, click through to the relevant city location.

City 2019 Dates Early bird ends
Beaumont People
26 March 1 March 2019 Register Now
Red Cross North Melbourne
28 March 1 March 2019 Register Now
QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute
26 March 1 March 2019 Register Now
26 March 1 March 2019 Register Now
Guide Dogs SA/NT
1 May (postponed!) 1 March 2019 Register Now

Register for the ONLINE Fundraising Essentials course:

Click here for FIA course terms and conditions

The Fundraising Essentials course has an 8:45am arrival time for a 9:00am start; the day will finish at approximately 5:00pm.

Full participation in Fundraising Essentials is applicable for up to 7.5 continuing education points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.

Meet the tutors

Frances Cinelli (EMFIA)

Frances has over 20 years fundraising experience, with senior executive roles at Heart Foundation, Save the Children and Spine Care Foundation. More

Bianca Crocker (MFIA CFRE)

A Fundraising specialist since 2005, Bianca founded her own consultancy in 2011. She was FIA 2012 Young Fundraiser of the year. More

Heiko Plange-Korndoerfer (FFIA CFRE)

Heiko has extensive experience in implementing strategic fundraising programs, and is Director of Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research. More

Stephen Mally (FFIA CFRE)

Stephen has wide fundraising experience from the USA, Europe, Asia and Australia where he set up his own consultancy in 2014. More

Andrew Sabatino MFIA

Andrew has over 15 years’ fundraising experience in Australia and the UK. He has worked across many sectors, including seven years at Guide Dogs SA/NT. More