Catch up on our February fundraising news! Find out all the activity, moves and news within fundraising and philanthropy. Lise Taylor reports. You are welcome to email her with your news at



barbara ward awardManaging Director of San Foundation and FIA ‘old-timer’ Barbara Ward has been honoured as Ku-ring-gai local Woman of the Year 2017.

NSW Minister for Women, The Hon Pru Goward MP, presented the award to Ward in a celebratory function at Sydney Adventist Hospital (the San) recently. “The award recognises the achievements of women, the leadership of women, to inspire other women, particularly younger women, to see that it can be done and if it can be done by someone, it can be done by them,” she said.

Alister Henskens SC MP Member for Ku-ring-gai commented, “Barbara… deserves to be recognised. Her advocacy, her determination and her intelligence have all resulted in San Foundation providing the Integrated Cancer Centre, equipment and world class care. It is obvious she is a super human who works tirelessly to make things happen. We are recognising you today because of your unique contribution. A leader actually claims its space and today is the day we want you to claim your space.”

Ward started her career in the corporate sector, before transiting into the not-for-profit sector more than 20 years ago when she accepted a part-time role at Marist Community Services in 1995. She built and grew the group ­– from increased programs to purchasing disability housing for adults – which became what is today known as Marist Youth Services, a $30 million organisation off the back of what she started.

She went on to spearhead many projects with organisations including Variety Children’s Charity, Anglican Retirement Villages and AustCare (ActionAid). AustCare was a failing organisation at the time and was about to close up shop. Ward completely turned it around with a major restructure and very successful appeal. She provided education programs on the ground in countries including East Timor, Cambodia and Palestine, installed clean drinking water wells and helped women take advantage of microfinance to empower themselves.

Ward has been an FIA member, supporter and stalwart for more than 20 years, joining the organisation at a time when fundraising was in its infancy. As Vice President of the NSW chapter, she implemented a number of programs including mentor programs, Hall Of Fame and chaired the Awards Committee, contributed to Skills and led changes to the NSW Charities Act with the then Minister. She also chaired and convened the FIA Conference and was Vice Chair for Charities Awareness Week.

Ward has made a huge contribution to the sector. “I hope this award and my involvement with FIA encourages other fundraisers not just to raise funds, but to get involved in the causes they’re supporting,” she says.

Over more than two decades in the not-for-profit industry, Ward raised between $5 million to $10 million per annum for the various organisations she led and spearheaded the capital campaign at the San and raised $20m for Integrated Cancer Centre which will be completed this year, most of her work is primarily related to the aged and health care sectors.

Today, she serves on a number of Boards locally and overseas, works with many community groups and does volunteer work in the form of holistic wellbeing for over 55s.

“People respond better to not-for-profits when we work in partnership with the community,” she says. “They’re more supportive when they can see the multi-faceted care we give to people and the little things that make a big difference.”


aussie farmers foundationThe 2017 Aussie Farmers Foundation granting round is now open!

Charities working to help rural and regional communities doing it tough can now apply for the Aussie Farmers Foundation 2017 Grassroots Grant Round.

Grants are available to fund projects and programs delivered by eligible charities working in one or more of the five nominated focus areas: economic wellbeing of farms and farming families; disaster relief for farming communities including drought; kids health and healthy eating including food provenance awareness; food waste and food security; and mental health for farming communities.

Eligible charities working in Victoria, the ACT, Western Australia, South Australia and NSW can apply for state-based grants ranging from $5,000 to $30,000; with up to $50,000 available for eligible charities running national programs.

Aussie Farmers Foundation Executive Director Julia Hunter said: “Country Australia can be out of sight and out of mind, and yet it’s these communities, the lifeblood of our nation, that often have it the hardest. Our grants support charitable organisations that have expertise on the ground in local communities and are working to make a real difference to the health, wellbeing and sustainability of rural and regional Australians.”

All eligible charities need to complete and submit the official Expression of Interest (EOI) application form. Following the closing date for the EOI, shortlisted organisations will be invited to submit a Grant Application Form.

Expressions of Interest are being accepted up until Tuesday 28 February 2017. For details of the Grassroots Grants program, applicable terms and conditions and more visit

prof alan fellsThe economics of mental health

The National Mental Health Commission has put the impact of poor mental health on the economic agenda, as its cost to the nation soars to more than $60 billion a year.

Commission Chair, Professor Allan Fels AO (pictured), said there is a need for action across sectors to improve our mental health system through the appropriate allocation of resources.

“Evidence suggests we should focus on prevention and early intervention which can reduce the need for more complex and costly interventions,” Professor Fels said. “Our current focus is on treating mental illness once it hits crisis point, whereas preventative interventions can improve peoples’ lives and are cost effective. These interventions can involve improving health treatments as well as areas such as disability, housing and employment services.”

The Commission is hosting Professor Martin Knapp from the London School of Economics who will have the opportunity to brief senior Australian Government policy makers on the economic case for better mental health.

Professor Knapp said his work uses economic arguments and evidence to inform policy discussion and influence the mental health sector’s practice development. “I’ve found the question is ‘can we afford not to fund early intervention mental health practices’,” Professor Knapp said.

“For example, there are huge costs to society and individuals if early intervention isn’t provided when children experience bullying. Its consequences were revealed when I examined the lives of victims 40 years later when they were 50; they were less likely to be employed, own their own home and less likely to marry; and they used more mental health services.

Professor Fels said the estimated cost of mental ill-health to Australia is around 4% of GDP or about $4,000 for every tax payer.



mccarthy mentoringMentoring scholarship for inspiring NFP leader

Applications are now open for the 2017 McCarthy Mentoring’s Not for Profit Executive Scholarship.

Now in its fifth year, the scholarship supports an executive working in this challenging sector to strengthen their leadership and impact on the community.

The chosen recipient will receive a six month one-to-one Executive Mentoring Program with a successful leader who draws on their executive and board experience to offer insights, guidance and support. The program includes resources, tools and access to exclusive executive events. 

Response to the scholarship has shown executives face similar issues across the sector – such as managing demanding workloads, building sustainable funding, improving skills, working effectively with boards and having someone to discuss the significant challenges in leading a successful not for profit organisation.

Past recipients have said it has been invaluable to have an experienced confidential advisor, outside of their organisation, to offer fresh perspectives, test ideas, enhance leadership skills and clarify goals.

Further information about the McCarthy Mentoring Not for Profit Executive Scholarship is available at mccarthymentoring.comApplications close Friday 7 April 2017. Short profiles on each of the past participants that can be found here:

Image: 2016 recipient Sarah Coker, Director of Programs, SANE Australia national mental health charity.


Refugee microfinancing charity Thrive appoints CEO

Thrive, a not-for-profit organisation that will help refugees establish their own business enterprises in Australia, has appointed microfinance expert and Afghan refugee Mahir Momand as CEO.

Thrive Chairman and co-founder John Curtis AM said Momand’s breadth of experience in establishing and growing microfinance institutions for international development agencies, and spending two-thirds of his life as a refugee, made him a standout candidate for the role.

Thrive will offer microfinance loans and business support services to refugees when it launches in April, ultimately giving refugees business and banking credentials and records which they can then use to apply for commercial loans.

Thrive has partnered with Westpac which will loan Thrive $2 million to be used for microfinance loans and a CEO to help establish Thrive as a stand-alone entity by developing all elements of its operations from credit policies to loan documents.

Thrive has also partnered with refugee specialist resettlement organisations Settlement Services International and AMES to help it identify loan applicants and refugees seeking business support services.



victoria universityBuilding a better future for the West

A new state-of-the-art Skills Development Hub will be developed at Victoria University’s Sunshine campus to tackle job shortages in Melbourne’s West.

The purpose-built facility will be constructed with the support of a $5 million grant from The Ian Potter Foundation, complementing the funding from the Victorian Government announced recently by the Minister for Training and Skills, the Hon Gayle Tierney MP.

The significant investment from The Ian Potter Foundation and the Victorian Government will allow Victoria University to develop an Industry Innovation Hub where students will study construction technologies, advanced manufacturing and health technologies; simulated learning environments for health and community services; and a dedicated space for targeted language, literacy and numeracy programs.

The additional facility will support the region’s workforce to acquire new skills and create new job prospects in the West, where youth unemployment reached 18.2% in 2015 – significantly higher than the State and National averages of 15.1% and 13.6% respectively.

The new facility represents the continued evolution of trades as they evolve from ‘traditional’ skills and requirements towards innovative product design and new product development that will require traditional trade skills and advanced trade skills. This new skills hub will support the development of industry partnerships and will increase student numbers at the Sunshine campus reinvigorating the local community and industry at a time when Melbourne’s Western suburbs, and the vocational sector, both need investment.



bill wood frontstreamFundraising pioneer encourages Australians to give smarter

With over 30 years’ experience helping some of the world’s largest organisations revolutionise their fundraising and CSR, FrontStream’s Global CEO, Bill Wood, knows about philanthropy. Now he’s bringing this insight to Australia, visiting for the Fundraising Institute of Australia’s 2017 conference.

Bill Wood was a founder and CEO of one of the first online giving platforms,, and was a founding member of global fundraising software company BlackBaud. Bill has seen huge changes in the sector and believes tech growth is the driving force behind philanthropic engagement, fundraising, workplace giving and CSR. Now at the helm of FrontStream, he’s responsible for overseeing the fundraising and workplace giving programs for Fortune 500 companies as well as major sporting franchises.

FrontStream is also the tech behind some of Australia’s most prized peer-to-peer fundraising events, providing the Leukaemia Foundation with its online platform which has enabled the World’s Greatest Shave to raise nearly $160 million in just 10 years.



White rabbit galleryGenerous $6 million gift from Judith Neilson creates Chair in Contemporary Art at UNSW

Philanthropist and White Rabbit Gallery founder Judith Neilson AM has made her second major donation to UNSW with the announcement of The Judith Neilson Chair in Contemporary Art.

The Professorial Chair will work between UNSW Art & Design and Sydney’s internationally recognised White Rabbit Gallery to lead rigorous scholarly research.

White Rabbit Gallery is home to one of the world’s most significant collections of Chinese contemporary art and UNSW Art & Design is ranked in the top 30 art and design schools in the QS World University Rankings.

Dean of UNSW Art & Design Professor Ross Harley described the funding of the Chair in Contemporary Art, which also includes the appointment of a Postdoctoral Fellow, as a ‘transformative act of philanthropy’ and a timely contribution to cultural scholarship.

Neilson has now donated $16 million to the University.

Image: Judith Neilson AM Founder of White Rabbit Gallery, Professor Ross Harley Dean of UNSW Art & Design, Emeritus Professor Alec Tzannes AM. Photo: David Roche.


nib foundationnib foundation seeks new multi-year partners to help tackle chronic disease

nib foundation is on the lookout for groundbreaking health prevention initiatives to support through its Multi-year Partnership program to help reduce the national burden of chronic disease, the leading cause of illness, disability and death in Australia.

Expressions of interest are now open for organisations to apply for funding support for programs that reduce exposure to lifestyle risk factors associated with chronic disease through health promotion and primary prevention.

nib foundation Executive Officer Amy Tribe said the foundation is seeking to partner with best practice organisations to break new ground through their innovative programs.

From a total pool of $1.5 million, funding of $100,000 to $400,000 per year is up for grabs to develop, pilot and scale sustainable new approaches and emerging concepts for a period of up to three years.

The EOI call follows a recent strategic review of the foundation’s grant strategy, which helped to develop a clear focus for the foundation’s funding approach over the coming years.

EOIs for the Multi-Year partnership program close on 17 March, with more information about the foundation’s grant programs including its new funding guidelines and application processes available from


gina rinehartSt Vincent’s Announces $5 million leadership gift from Gina Rinehart

St Vincent’s Private Hospital Sydney recently announced a donation of $5 million by Hancock Prospecting and the Georgina Hope Foundation for the Hospital’s major redevelopment currently underway. To acknowledge this gift, as well as Rinehart’s ongoing support for the Hospital, St Vincent’s hosted Rinehart and a group of guests for a special tour of the St Vincent’s Campus.

Construction of the new St Vincent’s Private Hospital 13-level East Wing is well under way and is set to open in September. The new East Wing, as well as the renovation of the existing main private hospital building, will house 50 additional patient rooms, state of the art operating theatres, consulting suites, and new rehabilitation and ambulatory care units.

The redevelopment will further enhance St Vincent’s Private Hospital’s capability to meet community needs by 20% and maximise outcomes for all patients served. The $150 million project has been supported by $34.5 million in philanthropic donations raised by the St Vincent’s Curran Foundation.

Executive Chairman of Hancock Prospecting, Gina Rinehart, has a special relationship with St Vincent’s Private Hospital and long term care where cancer is concerned, having established the then first breast cancer foundation back in the early 1990s, and her support of the construction of the new East Wing and refurbishment of the Private Hospital is an acknowledgement of this special relationship and care.

In addition to this major financial gift, Rinehart has had an existing philanthropic relationship with St Vincent’s through the provision of ‘care packs’ (pictured here) to patients who stay more than four days, which includes many cancer patients at St Vincent’s Private Hospital Sydney.


westpac bicentennial$2.4 million in funding to five early career researchers

Five outstanding early career researchers will receive $2.4 million in funding to undertake groundbreaking research, thanks to the Westpac Bicentennial Foundation’s Research Fellowship and four Australian universities.

Following the success of last year’s inaugural program, the Fellowship is the first of its kind in Australia and offered in partnership with four of Australia’s leading research universities: The Australian National University, The University of Melbourne, The University of Queensland and The University of Sydney.
The Westpac Bicentennial Foundation will contribute $330,000 towards each researcher’s salary over three years, while the respective university partner will cover a professional development fund providing global opportunities and the associated costs of the research, ranging from $97,000 to $241,000 for each fellow.
One of the successful researchers, Dr Nicholas Opie from The University of Melbourne, has designed and developed the world’s first brain recording device that can be implanted without invasive surgery.
Every Westpac Research Fellowship recipient will be part of the Westpac 100 Scholars Network. Growing by 100 scholars a year across Westpac’s five scholarship programs, this network will connect those with bold ideas to build a better future for all Australians. The Westpac Research Fellowship is one of five scholarship programs offered through the Westpac Bicentennial Foundation. The Foundation will award its 200th scholar this year, as part of Westpac’s 200th anniversary.

2017 Westpac Research Fellows:
Dr Amy King, Australian National University, $546,579
Dr Nicholas Opie, University of Melbourne, $571,279
Dr Jessica Heerde, University of Melbourne, $444,149
Dr Tom Aechtner, University of Queensland, $449,097
Dr Maja Cassidy, University of Sydney, $427,351
For more information go to


pfra regulationPFRA self-regulation goes live for face-to-face fundraisers

Face-to-face fundraisers are now covered by a self-regulation program that includes minimum standards, active compliance checking, recognition for high standards and penalties for non-compliance.

Through this system, member charities and fundraising agencies of the PFRA have committed to a high level of transparency and accountability for their face-to-face fundraising.

The PFRA tested this system throughout 2015 and conducted 650 checks on members’ fundraisers. These checks allow charities and agencies to have an objective assessment of the standards shown by their face-to-face fundraisers, and reports from the checks are shared with member charities.

There has been a lot of media and regulatory focus in recent months on outsourcing of fundraising to agencies. Agencies provide invaluable and often irreplaceable services to charities, but it is essential that charities show that they have taken responsibility for the work of fundraisers working on their behalf. Effective and credible self-regulation of face-to-face fundraising is a very good way to show the public that charities have taken this responsibility seriously.

The PFRA has more than 80 charity and agency members committed to high standards in their face-to-face fundraising. ‘Inspect don’t expect’ has always been good advice – and this is what the PFRA’s self-regulation system allows members to do.


jack ma foundation donation

$25 million towards scholarships at The University of Newcastle in memory of mentor

A $26 million donation from Alibaba billionare Jack Ma was announced on Friday 3 February in Newcastle, NSW, when Ma returned to the city to pay tribute to a local man.

One of the biggest philanthropic handouts to an Australian university, the Jack Ma Foundation’s first philanthropic contribution for Australia and the largest donation in The University of Newcastle’s history, the contribution will fund the Ma & Morley Scholarship Program.

The donation, a result of Ma’s long-lasting relationship with Newcastle electrical engineer Ken Morley, aims to “honour the experience and the special relationship I formed with the Morley family.”

Ma met Morley when his family were visiting Ma’s home town, Hangzhou, in China in 1980 as part of a tour of China when Ma was aged 15. In 1985, Morley brought Ma to Newcastle on his first-ever overseas trip. It changed Ma’s future forever.

Morley went on to become a highly influential figure in Ma’s life, instilling core values and a global perspective that positively impacted Ma’s future and contributed to his personal success. The men remained close friends until Morley’s death in 2004.

The Ma & Morley Scholarship Program Ma has launched will help establish a long-lasting community of scholars and provide them with a comprehensive engagement and enrichment program to develop key networks and friendships, as well as experience important practical training to equip them for leadership in the global environment.

The first round of the Program will be advertised in mid 2017 for students commencing their first year of an undergraduate degree at UON in 2018.

In its initial year, The Ma & Morley Scholarship Program will support 30 new UON scholarships, 20 scholarships to support students throughout the duration of their degree, including access to a unique and comprehensive engagement and enrichment program, and 10 one-off scholarships to support educational exchange, internship or immersion activities.
Learn more about the Program here

dearne cameronDearne Cameron appointed CEO at Pareto Fundraising

Pareto Fundraising, a division of ASX listed IVE Group, has announced the appointment of Dearne Cameron to the role of Chief Executive Officer.

Cameron will succeed one of Pareto’s co-founders, Paul Roberts, who will transition to the role of Senior Consultant, continuing to play a key role within the Pareto team as a mentor in the areas of data insights and fundraising strategy. Cameron will join Pareto on 20 February.

Cameron brings with her 18 years’ experience from the not-for-profit sector complemented with extensive experience in the commercial sector where she also held a variety of Director and Advisory Board positions.

Most recently Cameron joins Pareto from CompliSpace, where she was the Chief Operating Officer. Her not-for-profit experience includes General Manager and Director of Anglicare and Anglican Aid, a board member of House-With-No-Steps since 2011 and a Non-Executive Director for Make-A-Wish Australia for six years.

Warwick Hay, Managing Director IVE Group, says, “Dearne’s diverse range of experience across both the not-for-profit sector and the commercial sector will be an asset to the Pareto Fundraising business. Her passion for building strong relationships and helping charities achieve their fundraising goals will be invaluable to supporting our customers and helping them thrive.”

Cameron comments, “I remember when Pareto started, I was amongst its first clients.  During the last 15 years, Pareto has continued to deliver a growing and unprecedented expertise to the sector. I feel privileged to be part of the Pareto team, and I am looking forward to working with their many clients who are making an important difference through the services they provide.”

Cameron studied at Macquarie University, Curtin University and Swinburne University and achieved an MBA, Master of Management, PGC Human Rights, BA Anthropology and Studies in Behavioral Studies and Psychology.  She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, a Fellow and Certified Practicing Marketer of the Australian Marketing Institute and a member of the Australian Anthropological Society.

For any enquiries contact Paul Roberts, CEO and co-founder, Pareto Fundraising, at or 0408 277 642.


FoodbankFoodbank and MDH unite over sausages!

In a collaboration which stretches from the cattle in the paddock to sausages on the plate, more essential protein is on the menu for Australians in need thanks to a new partnership between Foodbank and MDH, a family-owned beef cattle enterprise.

MDH has agreed to donate 1 tonne of beef trim each month, which will turn into 220,000 sausages annually, to form the backbone of nutritious meals for struggling Australians.

Thanks to an innovative meat program, which involves the support of many companies in the supply chain, fortnightly deliveries of sausages go from the factory of Primo Smallgoods, a Foodbank manufacturing partner, to distribution centres around Australia. MDH will be joining existing partners, Thomas Foods International and Fletcher International, which are also family-owned rural enterprises.

Foodbank is Australia’s largest food relief organisation, providing food for 166,000 meals a day to over 2,400 charities and 1,500 schools for distribution to people seeking food relief.

Brianna Casey, CEO of Foodbank Australia, says: “The sausage program is our latest initiative that reaches back along the food chain to fill a supply gap. The success of this program reflects the willingness of our primary producers to help as much as they can. It has long been a goal of Foodbank to have a significant and sustainable meat program because of the vital role protein plays in a balanced diet and the relative difficulty we experience in obtaining it through our traditional rescue channels. MDH’s generosity is helping us to realise this dream.”

For more information about Foodbank go to


state library victoria$13 million dollar boost to State Library Victoria

A partnership between the Victorian State Government and the John and Myriam Wylie Foundation is delivering a funding boost of $13 million to State Library Victoria and is set to reinvigorate an historic Melbourne precinct.

The John and Myriam Wylie Foundation has donated $8 million to reopen the Russell Street entrance and to transform the eastern end of the Library with the creation of a new world-class exhibition gallery and state-of-the-art collaborative spaces, along with a vibrant cafe and retail area on Russell Street.

This donation is one of the largest in the State Library’s history and will be a major driver in achieving the aim of increasing the space available to the public by 40% over the next three years.


nab rewardsNew NAB Rewards program gives more choice for charity donations

Through NAB Rewards, customers can now enhance the value of their everyday spend by earning and converting points into donations to the largest number of charities attached to an Australian bank rewards program.

NAB Rewards allows customers to earn up to one point for every dollar spent. Customers can choose from one of three credit cards: Classic, Platinum and Business.

To make the donations possible, NAB works with Good2Give, a not-for-profit that specialises in corporate community investment and the delivery of donor funds.

Good2Give CEO Lisa Grinham says, “Our mission is to build a more giving society, which is why we’re excited to extend our work with NAB to support their rewards program. As charity revenue stalls and community demands continue, avenues that help integrate giving into our everyday life will increasingly form the backbone to wonderful charity work. We’re excited to partner with NAB to make this happen.”


garvan instituteLions Club partners with the Garvan Institute for genomic analysis of childhood cancer

A $4 million partnership between the Garvan Institute and the Lions Club International Foundation is delivering results for children’s cancer. The Lions Kids Cancer Genome Project will provide whole genome sequencing and analysis of tumour and normal tissue for 400 children with high-risk cancer in Australia.

A collaborative partnership, the three-year Project brings together state-of-the-art capability in whole genome sequencing and analysis at the Garvan Institute and Australia’s national personalised medicine program in childhood cancer – the Zero Childhood Cancer Program, led by Children’s Cancer Institute and the Kids Cancer Centre, Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick.

Lions Australia National Chairperson Rodd Chignell says, “The Lions Kids Cancer Genome Project will create an invaluable database of genetic drives behind individual cancers, supporting clinicians in determining the best possible treatment of each child,” he says. “It will also create an invaluable database of genetic risk factors that will help with the future development and prevention and treatment strategies.”

thrive refugee enterpriseSSI partnership fast-tracks refugee business plans

A new Settlement Services International (SSI) partnership operating nationwide will help entrepreneurs from refugee backgrounds fast-track their business plans and achieve their goal of establishing a successful business in Australia.

SSI has partnered with Thrive Refugee Enterprise, which aims to support the entrepreneurial spirit of refugees by providing microfinancing and mentoring support to aspiring business owners from refugee backgrounds. Eligible applicants can access loans for resources and tools, in addition to a range of support with education and professional accreditation.

As part of the new partnership, SSI will put forward eligible applicants and provide Thrive with a range of administration support. SSI CEO Violet Roumeliotis sits on the charity’s Board as a founding director.

“ABS figures show refugees have the highest entrepreneurial potential of all streams in our migration program, but they face challenges in terms of experience and financial capital when starting their own business,” Roumeliotis says.

“Giving new arrivals access to financial business support earlier in the settlement process has a range of benefits. It supports refugees to integrate to the community, enables them to build on their entrepreneurial skills, and helps them to achieve economic independence while maximising their contribution to the economy.”


landcare australiaGovernment support for Landcare vital

During December, Landcare Australia welcomed the announcement of $100 million of redirected funding into the National Landcare Programme. Landcare Australia hopes it will be consulted by the Federal Government to ensure that the funds will be directed to farmers, community groups and support agencies so they can continue their work.

Landcare Australia, however, is disappointed at the news that the Green Army Programme is to be discontinued given the opportunities it offered young people, but welcomes the additional funding for the National Landcare Programme.

A joint Green Army service provider with ManpowerGroup, Landcare Australia has engaged over 1,400 participants in Green Army projects with over 44% going onto further work or study in related disciplines. Existing contracts under the Green Army Programme will continue to be funded, as will other Green Army projects to deliver on the Government’s election commitments over the next two years.

The Landcare movement began as a national initiative in 1989 and there are currently more than 5,400 groups undertaking natural resource management projects in local communities across the country.


good360Australian charities needs outlined in recent report

According to a recent HLB Mann Judd and Good360 Australia report titled Goods for the Greater Good, even large Australian charities are struggling to procure the goods they need to continue their operations.

The report, which took survey data collected from a large pool of Australian nonprofits, provides insights to understand the goods that charities need, but cannot afford to purchase. The key findings highlighted the following:

  • The most prominent charitable purpose is advancing social and public welfare at 53% followed by advancing health (44%) and education (33%)
  • The least prominent charitable purpose is natural environment (4%) and preventing or relieving the suffering of animals (5%)
  • Charities and nonprofits of all sizes and causes found office supplies one of the most difficult to afford (23%)
  • Household goods such as linen (21%), kitchenware (26%) and furniture (28%) remain unaffordable and the highest demand category
  • Charities are struggling to meet the needs of the families in their communities particularly for men’s clothing (20%), women’s personal care items (14%) and children’s school supplies (17%).

 The demographic of charities surveyed is indicative of the charities in Australia, with the size and spread centralised on the east coast. The majority of charities that responded are categorised as large organisation with over $1 million revenue.

The full Goods for the Greater Good report can be viewed here.


alex daniel dtvDTV Group appoints Alex Daniel to its board

Alex Daniel has been part of the DTV team since February 2011 when he established its first Asian office in Hong Kong, an office made for one.

Since then, with DTV’s Asian and Australasian offering growing, he was instrumental in recruiting staff, building its offices in Australia and Korea as well as playing a fundamental role in creating DTV Optimise’s successful Delhi and Bangalore call centres.

“With Alex’s hard work  DTV Group has helped many clients to develop their fundraising in these exciting regions and to enable them to use film in new and innovative ways,” says CEO Peter Muffett.

“Since Alex joined us our international reputation has continued to grow. Australia has burst into action. India is teeming with opportunity, and now we have Korea, our rising star. Over the last few years, we have also managed campaigns in Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, New Zealand and Japan.”


the bacheloretteBachelorette boys help to raise $10,000 for Pancare Australia

Givergy’s online bidding technology has helped to raise funds for Pancare Foundation, culminating in a lunch hosted by Australian Bachelorette winner Lee Elliott, and featuring 12 Bachelorette contestants.

The winners were wined and dined by the season 2 Bachelorette contestants at Morris Jones Restaurant on Saturday 17 December 2016.

To auction off the strictly limited tickets, Givergy was tasked with creating a custom online auction site where bidders could use their smartphones, tablets or laptops to access the site and bid on a seat at the lunch.

It raised nearly $10,000 in support of research and programs for individuals diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Various social media platforms including those of well-known Bachelorette Georgia Love and winner of season 2, Lee Elliott, drove people to the online auction site, which was designed to handle over 10,000 simultaneous clicks, ensuring keen bidders did not miss out.


orchestra fundraisingOrchestra fundraising in favour

Now available from Australian fundraising consultancy AskRIGHT is a free report on orchestra fundraising to support the development of arts and culture philanthropy in Australia.

In orchestral fundraiser Lisa Harris’ report, titled Australian Symphony Orchestra Fundraising 10 Years After Report, Harris uses James Strong’s 2005 review of orchestra funding and recent annual reports to analyse and compare the results of the six Australian state symphony orchestras.

“This reports gives important insights into the relationship between philanthropy and other revenue, and also into the fundraising choices that the different orchestras are making,” says Dr Daniel McDiarmid, AskRIGHT Principal Consultant and Director.

The report can be downloaded at For further information about the Australian Symphony Orchestra Fundraising 10 Years After Report, contact AskRIGHT Director, Daniel McDiarmid, on 1300 758 812 or email


goaGoa announces charities to receive over $1 million of media space during 2017

Brisbane-based, out-of-home provider goa has announced the four successful community organisations that will each receive a share in over $1million worth of media value in 2017, as a part of goa’s Community Partnerships Program (CPP).

This year goa received a record number of campaign proposals, with final recipients chosen through a series of extensive roundtable discussions and careful consideration.

The following organisations were chosen as part of the 2017 Community Partnership Program (in no particular order): Anglicare Queensland in co-operation with Khemistry, The Great Barrier Reef Foundation, Queensland Writers Centre and YMCA Brisbane.

The winners will have access to the goa Grid including their powerful Iconic Series. goa will provide these charities with the opportunity to have their message heard in a unique way and by a massive, diverse audience of over 500,000 people per day. Visit for more information on the CPP.


February fundraising news fundraising designTelematics Trust announces revised grant strategy for 2017

Over a period of nearly 30 years, the Telematics Course Development Fund (Telematics Trust) has distributed $10 million to organisations and individuals promoting education and learning in Victoria by leveraging technology or ‘telematic means’.

In light of this milestone, and in response to the rapid changes in technology and innovation and its potential to impact education and training, the Trustees have announced several important changes for the Telematics Trust grant strategy to be implemented during 2017. The revised grant strategy includes the following components:

  • An increase to the one-off ‘Small Grant’ maximum from $30,000 to $50,000 per project

  • Introduction of a multi-year ‘Large Grant’ drawing on successful applicants from previous rounds

  • Exploration of suitable investment opportunities (debt, equity) to align the Telematics Trust investment strategy with investible and innovative projects supporting education and training in Victoria.

Applications for the small grant round will open on 1 March 2017. The large grant opportunity will be made available to past recipients of a Small Grant from Telematics Trust, and investment opportunities will be explored through partnerships with accelerators and organisations promoting investment in Ed-Tech in particular. For further information email


February fundraising news bank sa foundationBankSA Foundation opens funding round with grants of up to $50,000 each

BankSA Foundation is calling on small organisations to apply for funding grants of up to $50,000 each, with applications now open. Foundation grants will be awarded to eligible community organisations that work to provide a brighter future for socially, economically or physically disadvantaged people.

BankSA Chief Executive Nick Reade said in its 75 years, BankSA Foundation has donated more than $8 million to local organisations, including over $150,000 last year alone.

“Providing programs to enhance employment pathways for young adults, and funding services for children facing challenging personal circumstances, are just some of the ways BankSA Foundation has supported local organisations,” he said.

“Over the years our contribution has been significant, and entirely driven by employee giving, and I encourage community organisations to visit our website and consider applying for a funding grant.”

To be eligible for a grant, an organisation must be located and focus its efforts in South Australia or Northern Territory; have a gross annual revenue of less than $3,000,000; receive less than 40% of its income from recurrent state, federal or local government funding (unless it receives an income less than $1 million per annum, in which case government funding can exceed 40%); and be endorsed as a deductible gift recipient (but not another ancillary fund).

Deductible Gift Recipients must be listed with the Australian Taxation Office under Item 1 of the Table in Section 30-15 of the Income Tax Assessment Act, 1936.

Applications close 10 February 2017. Further eligibility criteria and information on applying can be found online at


February fundraising news st george foundation St.George Foundation opens funding round with grants available of up to $50,000 each

St.George Foundation is calling on community organisations focused on providing brighter futures for children to apply for grant funding of up to $50,000 each, with applications now open.

The Foundation’s last grants awarded a total of $1 million in funding to a variety of organisations, including Stella Bella Little Stars Foundation, which supports children who suffer from long term, serious illnesses.

To be eligible for funding, an organisation must focus its efforts on Australian children under the age of 18 years; be located in NSW, ACT, QLD or WA; have a gross annual revenue of less than $3 million; receive less than 40% of its income from recurrent state, federal or local government funding (unless it receives an income less than $1 million per annum, in which case Government funding can exceed 40%); be endorsed as a deductible gift recipient (but not another ancillary fund).

Deductible Gift Recipients must be listed with the Australian Taxation Office under Item 1 of the Table in Section 30-15 of the Income Tax Assessment Act, 1936. Further eligibility and assessment criteria is available on the website.

Applications are open until 10 February 2017. To find out more about the process and to apply, visit

westpac foundationWestpac Foundation to award $1.5 million in funding to Australian social enterprises

Applications are now open for Westpac Foundation’s Social Scale-up Grant program, with not-for-profit social enterprises invited to apply for grants that are $300,000 each, over three years.

This grant program builds on the long history of support for Australian communities offered by Westpac Foundation since it was formed 138 years ago. Since 1999, the Foundation has granted more than $30 million to more than 450 not-for-profit organisations, of which over $15 million has been awarded to social enterprises.

Westpac Foundation CEO Sinclair Taylor said the work of social enterprises in creating employment pathways was critical to those Australians facing barriers to gaining mainstream jobs.

“Our Social Scale-up Grants reflect our focus on supporting not-for-profit organisations which create jobs and employment pathways for people who may otherwise be unable to access sustainable employment opportunities,” Taylor says.

“We have designed these grants – over multiple years, with both financial and non- financial support aspects – to best support organisations to become financially sustainable through their own business activities ensuring they are around for the long-term to deliver more jobs and employment pathways for disadvantaged Australians.

Westpac Foundation will present an information webinar briefing on Friday, 10 February at 12 noon (Sydney AEDT) to be hosted by Westpac Foundation Chief Executive Officer, Sinclair Taylor. The webinar will provide a detailed overview of the Social Scale-up Grant Program, eligibility criteria, plus hints and tips on submitting a strong application.

Register for the webinar now. For more information and to apply, visit


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