Fundraising Research & Insights Discussion Group

Insights & Discussion Group Overview

Academic research into fundraising and its related disciplines is gathering pace, both here in Australia and around the world, creating a body of new evidence, information and insights.  This discussion group hopes to make this research more accessible by providing an opportunity for fundraising practitioners to share their views, learning and experiences, exploring the implications and potential applications of the featured research to their own fundraising practices.

These sessions rely on participants familiarising themselves prior to the session with the articles and discussion topics that will be provided upon registration.  This facilitated discussion group aims to explore both the featured research, as well as to provide an opportunity for participants to have the time and space for a detailed discussion that shares their own personal responses to the articles; their own learnings; best practice and potential applications of the research.

These sessions are broadly structured as follows:

•            Participant Introductions (15 minutes)

•            An Overview of the Reading (15 minutes)

•            Facilitated Group Discussion (45 minutes)

•            Summary and Close (15 minutes)

Who is this discussion group for?

Fundraising professionals in not-for-profit organisations who are interested in understanding and applying the latest fundraising research from Australia and around the world to their specific contexts.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the session you will:

  • Have an improved understanding of the latest fundraising research from Australia and around the world
  • Have the opportunity to discuss the potential implications of the research with your peers from the sector
  • Consider how you will apply insights from the research to your own fundraising practice
  • Be able to share new knowledge within your teams and organisation.

24 October 2022

1:00pm – 2:30pm AEDT

Online Tutor-lead

Member $65
Non member $85

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Topic: Fundraising & Leadership

This session will provide an opportunity for participants to explore and discuss research relating to the role played by leadership of not-for-profit organisations in supporting fundraising; the level of leadership engagement in fundraising; and the perceptions of the role of leadership in fundraising, both from the leaders themselves, and from fundraising staff.

The discussion will centre around two significant pieces of Australian fundraising research, which will be provided to participants upon registration for pre-reading.


9 December 2022

1:00pm – 2:30pm AEDT

Online Tutor-lead

Topic TBA


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This course relates to the following aspects of the FIA Code of Conduct:

  • FIA Code 3 Ethical Conduct
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Full participation in Fundraising Research & Insights Discussion Group is applicable for up to 1.0 continuing education points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.


Susan Pizzati

Susan has spent the last ten years working in a range of senior management, executive and board roles in the not-for-profit sector in Australia, most recently as Head of Philanthropy at Save the Children Australia between 2016 – 2020, before establishing her own consultancy and leadership coaching practice in 2020.  She holds Bachelor degrees in Business and Communication, a Master degree in Social Investment and Philanthropy, and is currently undertaking a PhD through the Centre for Social Impact on organisational change and implications for leadership in not-for-profit organisations.  Susan is also a certified Workplace and Leadership Coach and aims to use the findings of her PhD research to support future not-for-profit leaders to have long and impactful careers in the sector.


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