Landmark philanthropy research underway

In what is possibly Australia’s most wide-ranging investigation of philanthropy, a major research project will examine levels of giving by individuals, families and businesses, as well as their attitudes to, and motivations for giving. Read more

Choosing and using a mail house

Your next direct mail campaign might have the most compelling copy, innovative pack design, and user-friendly response mechanism, but if it doesn’t arrive in the mailboxes of your supporters all has gone to waste. Ray Fewell runs the rule over mailing houses. Read more

Moriah receives $11M bequest

It took almost a decade in legal battles, but Moriah College (in Sydney’s eastern suburbs) will soon receive a bequest of approximately $11 million from a World War II holocaust survivor who had no children and no direct connection with the college. Read more

Breast cancer chief wins CEO award

Lyn Swinburne, chief executive of the Breast Cancer Network of Australia (BCNA), is the winner of the Equity Trustees’ CEO Award for most outstanding head of a not-for-profit organisation in Australia. Read more

The new breed of fundraisers…

I recently read an article in a UK fundraising magazine1 where the author, Bruce Tait, questions whether British charities need fundraisers or whether they should outsource the fundraising ¿ particularly relationship management ¿ to agencies and employ more junior staff to manage the accounts in-house. Read more

Major gifts are not a 100m sprint

During 15 years as a fundraising executive in Canada, Karen Van Sacker witnessed a shift in her homeland’s attitude to philanthropy and major giving. After arriving “down under” two years ago, she believes Australia is undergoing a similar change, and we need to re-focus on the key elements of major giving. Read more