FIA Conference

FIA Conference 2021
24-26 February

The world is changing. Fundraising is changing. And the FIA Conference is changing too.

In 2021, the FIA Conference is going virtual but with a twist!

With the demand for services at an all-time high, more than ever we need to be effective, decisive and resilient so that our organisations can survive and thrive.

FIA Conference 2021 will be more accessible than ever. And it will give you the opportunity to discover new ideas as well as reconnect with colleagues and suppliers – both virtually and physically! 

Your own virtual world:

  • Access to over 60 sessions designed for fundraisers – by fundraisers
  • A virtual conference platform that is out of this world – not your typical Zoom!
  • Tune in live or watch in your own time over the next six months
  •  Access all sessions – no need to choose and miss
  • Networking opportunities based on areas of interest or specialisations
  • Appointments and meetings with delegates and exhibitors
  • Virtual celebration of the FIA Awards for Excellence in Fundraising

Combined with the physical world:

  • An option to attend a face-to face-hub in your local area, where you will have the opportunity to work with your peers to solve some of the sector’s most pressing issues.
  • Celebrate the FIA Awards for Excellence together (in a COVID-safe way) with your colleagues.  

Benefits to you and your fundraising: 

  • Unprecedented access to international speakers and Australian experts giving you a broad and deep world view on fundraising.
  • Lower registration fees (and no extra travel and accommodation costs!) saving you and your organisation money during these challenging times.
  • Advance your learning and skills just when you need it most!

The full program is currently being finalised and will be available soon. In the meantime, here are just a few of the incredible speakers in the line-up:

Jen Shang 
The world’s first PhD in Philanthropic Studies and the world’s only philanthropic psychologist. Her research has been covered in the New York Times, BBC, The Guardian, the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Advancing Philanthropy and the Nonprofit Times. 

Co-founded with Prof. Adrian Sargeant, The Institute for Sustainable Philanthropy exists to grow personally meaningful philanthropy around the world. They use science to create more memorable giving experiences that genuinely contribute to the wellbeing of supporters, as well as use the latest experimental science to grow the human capacity to love.

Kon Karapanagiotidis OAM  
Kon is the CEO and founder of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, the largest independent human rights organisation for refugees and people seeking asylum in Australia. His personal experience of racism and of witnessing the exploitation of his parents in factories & farms planted the seeds of his passion for human rights. He started early by volunteering at the age of 18 and then went on to complete 6 degrees and become a lawyer, social worker, teacher and a published author.  

Kon founded the ASRC at the age of 28 and his work has been recognised with over two dozen awards and honours including an Order of Australia Medal (OAM). 

Amelia Telford 
National Director, Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network 

Amelia, a young Aboriginal and South Sea Islander woman from Bundjalung country is passionate about supporting a national grassroots network of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people to protect our land, culture and communities from the impacts of climate change and fossil fuel extraction and be a part of creating positive change for our people. Amelia was awarded National NAIDOC Youth of the Year 2014, Bob Brown’s Young Environmentalist for the Year 2015 and Australian Geographic Young Conservationist of the Year 2015 for her commitment to building a more just and sustainable future for all young people. 

Bill Toliver 
The Matale Line 
Board chair and acting CEO of The Resource Alliance 

After two decades developing leadership, branding, and communications programs for Fortune 500 clients like Westin Hotels and Hewlett Packard, Bill founded The Matale Line to offer more innovative thinking to social impact organisations. 

With a global reputation as a transformational change agent, his work has helped some of the world’s most consequential non-profits, foundations, and social enterprise organisations reframe their approach to strategic decision-making, resource development and advocacy communications. 

Simon Scriver 
Simon is a professional fundraising consultant, coach, trainer, practitioner, keynote speaker, podcast host and co-founder of the Fundraising Everywhere virtual experiences. 

Simon has won Fundraising Ireland’s ‘Small Budget, Big Impact’ and ‘Supplier Of The Year’ Awards. He is a TEDx speaker and has previously won the Toastmasters UK & Ireland International Speech Contest. He also sits on the Advisory Panel of Rogare, the international fundraising think tank, and is a member of the AFP. 

Keep an eye out – there are many more speakers to be announced soon!


Day 1 & Day 2
Times approximate & subject to change

11am –
10am –
8am –
Conference Live
– Plenary sessions
– Breakout sessions
– Group chat and networking
– Virtual exhibition
– On-demand sessions
– 1-1 meetings
4pm –
3pm –
1pm –
Happy Hour
From 5pm From 4pm From 2pm Bonus Time
– Virtual Exhibition
– On Demand Sessions
1-1 meetings

Day 3
Times approximate & subject to change

9am –
8am –
6am –
Bonus Time
– Virtual Exhibition
– On-demand sessions
– 1-1 meetings
VirtualLocal Hubs
1pm –
Conference Live
– Plenary sessions
– Workshops
– Group chat and networking
– Virtual Exhibition
– On -demand sessions
– 1-1 meetings
Conference Live
– Plenary sessions
– Workshops
– In -person networking

FIA Awards for Excellence in Fundraising Awards Ceremony

6pm – 7.30pm 5pm – 6.30pm 3pm – 4.30pm
– Live streamed Awards announcement

– Live streamed Awards announcement
– In person networking
– Drinks



The way forward in healthcare philanthropy

February 2021

FIA and the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) present a new one-day Conference for healthcare philanthropy and fundraising professionals. 

Hear from international and Australian experts in healthcare philanthropy on critical topics for today and the future, including grateful patient programs, leadership and culture, storytelling, stakeholder relations, clinician engagement and more.

More details coming soon….


FIA Member early bird conference pricing starts from $795.

(Early bird registrations close 11 December 2020)

Fully funded scholarships will be available for small organisations.

Group discounts available when registering more than 3.

Full details and registrations opening October. Watch this space.

General Enquiries

If you have any questions regarding the FIA Conference, please contact the FIA Team:
P: 1300 889 670
F: 1300 889 671

For sponsorship or exhibitor enquiries, contact Natalie Walker, Executive Manager – Conference & Events at