Western Australia’s Winning Ticket

Question: Which charitable grant-making organisation gives away more funds than any other in Australia? Many might immediately say wonderful organisations such as The Myer Foundation or the Ian Potter Foundation. But these pale in comparison next to Lotterywest, which last year gave away more than $150 million. Read more

Would you pay your board members?

For 16 years fundraising consulting firm O’Keefe & Partners has conducted an annual survey (Giving Trends) investigating philanthropic trends in Australia. This year an industry poll on a range of issues was incorporated with the survey and Brian O’Keefe outlines some of the findings. Read more

Charities falling down with poor bequest response

Professional fundraisers are very focused in their nurturing of major gift prospects. But when it comes to bequests, often the largest form of major gift a donor will make, it seems many not-for-profits are not providing adequate levels of “customer care.” Read more

Who dares, wins

It’s not every day that an organisation tries something significantly new and different. Even more unusual is an organisation that tries something different and is prepared to share their results, even though those results didn’t meet expectations. Simone Williams takes us for a ride along the sometimes bumpy path of The Cancer Council NSW’s recent direct marketing integration trial. Read more

Seek synergy for success

The number and value of corporate partnerships have increased over the last decade, resulting in considerable benefits to both the community and business world. Julie Clements explains the reasons behind this trend and how not-for-profits can take advantage. Read more

Alumni relations the Canadian way

For eight years Andrew Pentland was a senior development executive at McGill University, one of Canada’s oldest and most highly regarded. He returned to Australia five years ago, and with his newfound knowledge of best-practice alumni relations strategies, set to work on a development program for the University of the Sunshing Coast (USC), one of the country’s newest unis. Read more