Winner - Young Fundraiser of the Year
For Stacey Irving, being a successful fundraiser is all about people and relationships, as Andrew Sadauskas learns.
It was 2008 when Stacey Irving, then aged 21, launched a small nonprofit called Creative Spark. Inspired by a trip to Africa, the international development graduate was keen to change the lives of marginalised people through art and self-expression.
“I imagined it would involve me running some great programs and getting my hands dirty in the field,” Irving says. “I ended up spending most of my time trying to get the funding to do projects. At first I was a bit confused about how it all worked, but it didn’t take long before I became really motivated by it.”
The experience inspired Irving to pursue a career in fundraising. In 2012 she began a four-year stint with Bush Heritage Australia. She eventually became the organisation’s major gift and philanthropy manager, growing gifts and donations from $600,000 to $3 million per year.