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Mega-gift winning nonprofit, the American Heart Association share top tips (for NFPs of any size) for boosting major donor relationships.

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Gifts in wills income expected to drop in next two years

Despite a COVID-19 dip the long-term outlook for gifts in wills remains optimistic. With Include a Charity Week underway, here’s 6 tips to boost your bequest income.

Sharing the love – celebrity social media takeovers

A-listers are increasingly using their influence to empower change-makers and their social media as a megaphone for good.

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Extraordinary gifts for extraordinary times

Knowing your COVID story, a K-shaped recovery and the seven pillars — major gift considerations in today’s world

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The rise and rise of giving days 

As events went virtual in 2020, giving days became a fundraising go-to. Tania Burstin shares her thoughts about their rapid rise and the four pillars of giving day success.

Charities are expected to meet need, but are excluded from decision making

A new report asks why NFP leaders are getting neither the support they need or a place at the table when they are the ones providing solutions.

A sector in recovery – donations and donors on the up

Charitable giving has recovered significantly from its COVID-19 slump – we explore this, and more, in the latest JBWere – NAB Charitable Giving Index.

Survey reports rise in private giving to arts and culture despite pandemic

A $26 million increase in cash giving during 2019/20 was a welcome reprieve for the arts sector, but a new report shows other support fell significantly.

UK giving – good news, bad news & what we can learn from it 

A new report reflects on giving behaviour amongst British donors in the closing months of 2021, providing valuable insights that apply to fundraising across the world.

Daring philanthropy in a high-risk environment

How two Adelaide philanthropists demonstrated their belief in Australian arts and culture in the midst of lockdowns.

The future of volunteering
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The future of volunteering

Has COVID-19 changed the landscape of volunteering forever? Andrea Riddell investigates what volunteering means in a socially distanced world.

New report shows obstacles faced by remote, regional and rural organisations

Pre-2020, local community organisations were already given short shrift when it came to funding and support. Now, two years later, they have dealt with a multitude of natural disasters on top of a global pandemic, and they are exhausted. But they come with solutions.

FIA Awards finalists and state winners announced 

This year’s awards acknowledge ground-breaking innovation and creativity in response to the continuing pandemic, alongside an unbreakable commitment to best practice fundraising and exceptional donor care.

Top 12 F&P articles of 2021

Curiosity, case studies, corporates and COVID-19 dominated the interest in our articles in 2021. Here we look back at the year that was.

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What corporate giving looked like in 2021

Corporate heavyweights such as BHP and Coles still make the biggest charitable impact in terms of dollars, but young innovative companies are leading the way with a community-first mindset shows the latest GivingLarge report.

Digital pivot pays dividends for Cure Brain Cancer Foundation

Facing multiple lockdowns, border closures and an immuno-compromised community, Cure Brain Cancer Foundation has bucked the trend of fundraising in 2021, raising over $1.9million for its most recent flagship event, Walk4BrainCancer.

The dynamics of change: 2021 survey results

Blackbaud partnered with the social good community to uncover the effects and impact COVID-19 has had on nonprofits.

The power of two: a story of awe-inspiring leadership, fundraising and going from idea to launch in just 10 days

Chris Howlett and Adele Schonhardt have achieved an extraordinary amount for Australia’s classical music scene, both before and during the pandemic, winning them the Creative Partnerships Arts Leadership Award. F&P’s Fiona Atkinson caught up with them to find out more.

Winners of the 2021 Creative Partnerships Awards announced

A global pandemic did not deter the winners of this year’s awards, who have been true fundraising and philanthropic trailblazers for Australia’s arts and culture sector.

2021 Australian Philanthropy Awards – winners announced

Collaborative, nimble and responsive philanthropy and partnerships that have delivered vital impact during one the globe’s most challenging times were the theme of this year’s awards.

COVID-19 continues to accelerate NFP digital capability, but where are the gaps?

The wins and ‘room for improvements’ from this year’s 2021 Digital Technology in the Not-for-Profit Sector report.

Lifeline tops the list as most media-mentioned charity

A new report shares insights into the nonprofit news that’s dominated in Australia’s media coverage over the last 12 months.

Corporate giving through a gender lens

A new report shows that for corporate giving to truly make a difference to gender equality, it must be intentional in its approach – and nonprofits must respond by showing how their work benefits women and girls.

Worldwide peer-2-peer event goes virtual for second year

A global pandemic isn’t enough to stop the fundraising efforts of the RBC, raising millions for youth-focused charities.

A key milestone for an enduring corporate partnership

Steggles and the Sydney Roosters aren’t letting COVID-19 get in the way of their fundraising and community outreach for children’s charities.

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The latest activity, moves and news within the fundraising sector

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How Cure Cancer survived COVID-19

Andrea Riddell spoke to Cure Cancer’s CEO, Nikki Kinloch, about how the organisation not only survived COVID-19, but became even stronger

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Why fundraisers should seize the day

The pandemic has gifted fundraisers an opportunity that should not be wasted. Andrea Riddell spoke to Bluefrog Fundraising’s Mark Phillips on seizing that opportunity

The digital divide: not all digital experiences are created equal

Two key reports warn us of Australia’s digital divide and how some communities and NFPs are being left behind. Here’s what you can do about it.

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Australian Arts & Entertainment – one of COVID-19’s biggest losers?

The Australian arts and entertainment sector has been neglected for decades and badly damaged by the pandemic according to a new report, but is there hope with the right support and policy reform?

A timely examination of giving in Australia

A dramatic pandemic drop in giving has shown signs of recovery according to a new report, but will it be scuppered by the latest outbreaks?

Talking Point: What is the biggest threat to fundraising in 2021?

The Director of Redstone Marketing asks three nonprofit executives for their perspectives. BREE JOPP Community Fundraising Officer, Australian Conservation Foundation The ACF pushes for bold solutions to make this country better. As an advocacy organisation, we expose environmental destruction and create real solutions for a better future. We are made up of over 700,000 passionate […]

University of Melbourne raises $16.9M for COVID research and treatment

As Coronavirus storm clouds gathered, University of Melbourne fundraisers rolled up their sleeves and got to work raising funds to fight the global pandemic. Jeremy Bradshaw tells how the University raised $16.9 million in just 10 months.

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How UQ rallied its community for a major philanthropic campaign

The University of Queensland’s first big philanthropic campaign raised over $600 million and inspired donors worldwide.

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How University of Queensland raised over $23M for a COVID-19 vaccine

As the dreaded Coronavirus began to spread across Australia, a group of school girls helped spur on the University of Queensland’s efforts to raise funds to accelerate a promising vaccine. Jeremy Bradshaw explains how UQ raised over $23 million in just three months.

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Top 12 articles of 2020 by month

In the spirit of Christmas, we’re bringing you our round-up of the top 12 articles of 2020. No partridges or pear trees were harmed in the making of this list.

Charity vs chocolate

When the going gets tough, would you choose between charity and chocolate? The Public Attitudes to Giving in the Pandemic report reveals which one Australians would choose.

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Income down, stress way up in the wake of the pandemic reveals new report

Burnout and fatigue are afflicting up to 45% of the nonprofit sector, but it’s not just the pandemic that is to blame.

Talking Point: What is the biggest threat to fundraising in 2021?

ANTHEA IVA, Director of Redstone Marketing, asks three fundraisers for their perspectives TOM DUGGAN, Head of Individual Giving, Plan International Australia The biggest threat is charities assuming that their donors don’t want to be asked to give money. It’s true that as we head into 2021 we are in the midst of the deepest recession […]

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Trends in Australian philanthropy

The report from Perpetual draws on five years of data to forecast trends in philanthropy and the top eight challenges facing NFPs.

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Have your voice heard: the impact of COVID-19

How has COVID-19 affected your organisation? Have your thoughts be heard in the second phase of The Xfactor Collective’s survey.

Across the Tasman
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Across the Tasman

The government response in New Zealand to coronavirus has generated much praise. But how has the nonprofit sector fared? Fundraising Institute of New Zealand’s Michelle Berriman explains.

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What does the past teach us about the coming recession?

History shows that declines in philanthropic funding are not as calamitous as widely feared says John Godfrey.

Talking Point: Adapt & thrive

Coronavirus presents us with very real challenges. It has also created an opportunity to adapt, invent and collaborate. How has your organisation adjusted?

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Five minutes with a fundraiser – Jim Green

Jim Green is Senior Fundraising Officer at Hear and Say What did you want to be when you grew up? I grew up in northern England where football is a way of life. As a child I dreamed of playing for my local team, but a lack of ability was a prohibitive factor. Having said […]

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The state of African philanthropy

Isaac Kwaku and Andia Chakava on how COVID-19 has been a wake-up call for giving in Africa.

Rebranding a charity during a pandemic

In a competitive market for charities, Townsville Hospital Foundation was Queensland’s best-kept secret. Not any more, says CEO Tanya Busoli.

The future of FINZ is under threat

Join the appeal to save FINZ

The future of the Fundraising Institute of New Zealand (FINZ) is under threat. Can you help save the peak fundraising body?

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GivingLarge: Corporates digging deep during COVID-19

A new report from Strive Philanthropy has revealed Corporate Australia is still giving generously during COVID-19.

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How Jeans for Genes went virtual

As coronavirus took its toll on fundraising, Children’s Medical Research Institute saw an opportunity to transform its annual ball, with surprising results.

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Philanthropy in the time of a global pandemic

We look at JBWere’s report: Where to from here? The outlook for philanthropy during and post COVID-19.

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The return of face-to-face fundraising

COVID-19 brought face-to-face fundraising to a halt in Australia and New Zealand. With F2F fundraisers getting back in the field, Ross Howe has some sound advice.

Pulse of the For-Purpose Sector Report

New national research to evaluate the pulse of the for-purpose sector

The Centre for Social Impact is inviting charity, not-for-profit and for-purpose leaders to participate in an Australian-first research project in the wake of COVID-19.

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Walking away from Omelas

Peter McMullin on life-changing moments, what motivates his philanthropy, and the importance of social impact.

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Melbourne on a Mission

Melbourne City Mission CEO, Vicki Sutton, on the pressures of fundraising during a pandemic, developing new donor relationships, and what the future holds.

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Reimagining Connor’s Run

In the wake of her son’s death, Liz Dawes had to reimagine her life without him. Seven years later she is having to reimagine the fundraising event established in his memory.

Talking Point: How are you coping in these challenging times?

Three fundraisers discuss how they are dealing with COVID-19 and how their fundraising has changed during the coronavirus pandemic.

Preparing for a post-COVID fundraising world

Here are a few early trends, opportunities, and threats to watch for as we move towards a post-COVID-19 fundraising world.

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How to respond to arguments that fundraising is “inappropriate” during the coronavirus pandemic

Fundraising think tank Rogare has completed a project to develop counter-arguments to the most frequently encountered objections to fundraising.

Donation Point Go: a new way to accept donations

Donation Point Go is a new way for charities and not-for-profits to collect donations during these challenging times.

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The October cliff: How can Australian charities survive?

A new report looks at the financial health of charities and recommends measures to ensure their viability when COVID-19 support ends later this year.

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How has COVID-19 changed grantmaking?

In a new survey from Philanthropy Australia, 88% of funders who responded have changed how they support the community and charitable sector.

Video: How the government’s COVID-19 relief package can support your nonprofit

Nunzio Giunta, Principal and Founder at Giuntabell, reveals how your nonprofit can take advantage of the federal government’s COVID-19 stimulus package.

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Lessons from a successful COVID-19 lockdown giving day: Watch the video case study

In this video presentation, Charidy Senior Consultant Emma Boyar reveals how Sisterworks made its recent giving day event a success.

Staff and operational costs are putting pressure on grant seekers.

COVID-19 philanthropy: Nonprofits need urgent help with staff costs

A new survey reveals nonprofits are struggling to cover salaries and operational costs, due to the COVID-19 crisis. Andrew Sadauskas examines how philanthropy can help.

The COVID-19 revenue crunch is fraying the nonprofit sector.

COVID-19 revenue crunch pushing charities to the brink

Alarming new figures show many nonprofits are facing severe revenue shortfalls, while demand for their services surges. Andrew Sadauskas reports.

Four ways COVID-19 philanthropy is helping to navigate the crisis

The community is facing rough waters due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Andrew Sadauskas examines four ways Australian philanthropy is helping.


RESET2020: Free support program launches for social sector

A free online support and advice program for the social sector has been launched, thanks to a partnership between The Xfactor Collective and Equity Trustees.

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Giving to fall back to 2012 levels: report

Giving in Australia could drop nearly 20% by the end of 2021, according to a new report from JBWere.

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COVID-19 fundraising: is the sky really going to fall?

Lawrence Jackson surveys the COVID-19 landscape, reviews lessons from the closest historical comparisons and ponders possible impacts on Australian charitable giving.

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10 Questions with Glyn Davis

CEO of Paul Ramsay Foundation on adapting to the new normal, staying on mission, collaboration, hope and wonder.

Messages from our partners

Our partners at F&P help keep us afloat. So we thought we’d share what some of these great organisations are doing to help charities weather the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Saving the nonprofit sector: the fight to survive COVID-19

As charities face an existential threat to their existence, F&P looks at what the sector is doing to get through the pandemic.

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Processing your donations in a post-coronavirus world

How are Australia’s leading charities preparing their back-of-house operations for a post-coronavirus world?

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Does your charity need essential goods?

Complete this survey to help Good360 source the right goods from its business donors to help communities affected by COVID-19.

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10 tips for communicating in a crisis

Communications specialist Julie Weldon has helped many organisations during times of crisis, and provides a timely checklist in our new column with The Xfactor Collective.

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Face-to-face fundraising: what now?

A recent victim of COVID-19, what does the suspension of face-to-face fundraising mean for charities? F&P spoke to three sector experts.

Canberra foundations unite against Covid-19: $500k in grants for local charities

The foundations will distribute an initial $500,000 to local nonprofit organisations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Australian philanthropy unites with funding response to COVID-19 crisis

Australian Communities Foundation and Philanthropy Australia have launched the COVID-19 National Funding Platform.

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Fundraising in a pandemic: resources to help you through

In the era of COVID-19 we can’t have a group hug, but we can offer some information to help you find a way through this troubling terrain.


Funding and grants in a COVID-19 world

We are all navigating unchartered territory as COVID-19 spreads across the world. Jessie Ballantyne considers the implications and shares some really good advice.

Charities urge government for support in coronavirus stimulus package: Updated

A group of leading Australian charities are urgently warning the federal government not to overlook the sector in its coronavirus response.

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