FIA Scholarships are funded by the FIA Foundation

FIA’s Foundation’s primary focus is the advancement and development of training and professional education of fundraisers. FIA invites you to support this goal. FIA’s Foundation has DGR status.

Its primary purpose is to:

  • advance and develop training and education opportunities for fundraisers
  • develop the Library Resource Centre
  • promote research into the fundraising industry and
  • develop a career pathway through professional development.

To support the foundation please click here.

FIA’s Foundation awards scholarships for attendance at FIA’s professional development events and courses.

Scholarships are open to members of FIA who have a current full individual membership or to the nominated representative of an organisational membership.

FIA Conference National Scholarship

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Aimed at improving fundraising skills in small charities.

FIA’s Conference National Scholarship provides an opportunity for FIA members to attend the conference when they would otherwise not have the opportunity, due to financial means. The scholarship was introduced in 2016 to help support and improve fundraising skills in small charities and not-for-profits within Australia.

The scholarship covers the cost of a full FIA Conference member registration (valued at $1,345). The scholarship covers the cost of conference registration only. Any other costs (such as travel, accommodation, awards gala dinner tickets or any other expenses) must be met by the scholarship recipient.

For full details, click here.

Click here to apply.

Applications for the 2020 scholarship close Friday 6 December.

The Joan and Ted Flack Scholarship

This scholarship honours the incredible contribution of both Joan and Ted Flack to fundraising and to FIA. Providing the opportunity for one FIA QLD Member to attend the 2020 FIA Conference when they would not have had the opportunity otherwise. Aimed at supporting early career fundraisers, with less than five years experience in the industry, this scholarship provides the recipient the chance to grow their knowledge and level of fundraising practice; provide encouragement to them to pursue a career in the field; and deliver benefits to their non-profit organisation and through them the wider community.

The scholarship covers the cost of a Conference Only* registration (valued at $1,590). Flights and accommodation are not included.

Mandatory selection criteria include:

Must be a current financial member of Fundraising Institute Australia

Must be an early career fundraiser with less than 5 years experience in a fundraising role

At least 50% of the applicant’s job/position must be devoted to fundraising in a non-profit organisation

Applicant will present a verbal report on their Conference experience, at a QLD Breakfast in the 12 months following the 2020 Conference (to outline what they gained from the opportunity and how it was applied to their organisation/career)

The Scholarship must be repaid in full if the winner does not attend the Conference in 2020.

Click here for more information and to apply.

Applications for the 2020 scholarship close Friday 22 November.

The Arthur Venn Fundraising Leadership Scholarship

The Arthur Venn Fundraising Leadership Scholarship pays tribute to one of the founders and teachers of fundraising in Australia. Click here for more information.

In 2016, the John Allen Scholarship was introduced for scholars from Victoria.

To support the scholarship, please click here.

Fish Fundraising Essentials Scholarship

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The Fish Scholarship is provided by Fish Community Solutions and is open to Australian fundraisers with less than five years professional experience and working at an organisation with a turnover of less than $500,000 p/y.  Please click here for more information.

The FIA Certificate in Fundraising Scholarship

The FIA Certificate in Fundraising Scholarship is available for one FIA member per state per year to complete the Certificate in Fundraising in their state.

Past Recipients: 

  • Kylie Kingston AMFIA
  • Will Kirsop MFIA
  • Stephanie Byrne MFIA

BMS Diploma in Fundraising Scholarship

BMS are a niche communications expert offering a unique service to the fundraisers that require their donor base to experience a truly personalised contact experience designed to reduce the cost per dollar raised, increase giving lifespan and maximise the lifetime donation of every supporter. To find out more, please click here.