FIA awards 2017: A grants expert with much more to offer


Jo Garner FFIA, CFRE and Director at Strategic Grants – plus the winner of the Arthur Venn Fundraiser of the Year award – has well and truly contributed to the sector in her 22 years of service.


fia awards 2017 jo garnerAs many people did in the 1990s, when there was no formal university nonprofit qualification, Jo Garner landed in the sector by default, and since then has developed an exceptional career and a flourishing sector-based business.

In fact, Garner has directly been involved with successful government tenders and philanthropic grants totalling close to $100 million. She admits, however: “It’s important to note that one person can never claim sole responsibility for these outcomes. It is a team effort of which I have simply played a part.”

In 1994, backed up by a Commerce degree with majors in Marketing and IT plus two years’ experience in event management and hospitality, she accepted a role with Diabetes Australia Queensland and then moved to the Mater…

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