Melinda Warnecke on the importance of research, true philanthropy, her first seven-figure gift and understanding your role as a fundraiser.
WHAT DID YOU WANT TO DO WHEN YOU GREW UP?
I wanted to be a vet for as long as I could remember. I was one of those kids who learnt very early that my mind was a bit strategic and I would think outside the square, so I would come home with baby animals and say they were on loan from the pet shop. We had cats and dogs, and I even brought mice home from high school science. At one point I had about 120 mice in a tank under my bed. I don’t know how my mum didn’t know!
TELL US ABOUT YOUR CURRENT ROLE.
My current role is Executive Manager, Marketing and Fundraising for Bush Heritage Australia - a national not-for-profit that buys and manages land for conservation. Predominantly, my role involves the strategic leadership and oversight of communications and media, key relationships, direct marketing – cash and appeals…