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We speak to Tom Duggan, Associate Director of Individual Giving at Plan International Australia

TOM DUGGAN Associate Director of Individual Giving, Plan International Australia

What did you want to be when you grew up? A rock star. My career was sadly cut short by an acute lack of talent.

How did you get into the nonprofit sector? I came to Australia as a backpacker. The only jobs available to people like me were fruit picking, bar work or face-to-face fundraising. The opportunity to make the world a better place was by far the most attractive. Even though it can be a really hard job, F2F fundraisers get to inspire people to make a difference. The feeling when someone says they want to help is joyous for everyone involved. As it turns out, standing next to thousands of people as they make a decision about whether or not they want to support an organisation is a great way to learn about fundraising.

Tell us about your role and organisation Plan International is the charity for girls’ equality. Everywhere in the…
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