Tim Shearer, the Director of Development at Scotch College and a board member at AFL club Hawthorn, is sharing his gifts-in-wills insights.

Former Hawthorn Captain Sam Mitchell, one of the many legendary Hawks to have played in a winning grand final side.

It’s September, and for many Melburnians (and footy tragics across Australia, for that matter), this time of year means one thing: the finals are upon us.

Uncharacteristically, one team that just missed out on making the final eight in the AFL this season is Hawthorn.

Despite the best efforts of Coach Alastair Clarkson, the family club (which won three consecutive premierships between 2013 and 2015) finished ninth. A preseason injury to Brownlow Medal-winning midfielder Tom Mitchell proved too big an obstacle in 2019.

Despite a disappointing season, off the footy field, Hawthorn remains in great shape.

Unlike many professional sporting teams around the world, Hawthorn is owned solely by its members. In 2019, the club signed up 81,130 paid supporters, setting a membership record for the 13th consecutive year. It remains on track to reaching its five-year strategic plan of 100,000 members by 2022.

Founded in 1902, Hawthorn is an iconic member-owned institution.

Meanwhile, a short drive down the Monash Freeway from the Hawks’ Waverley Park headquarters stands another great Victorian institution: Scotch College.

Its alumni are a who’s who of Australian public life. They include three governor generals, a former prime minister, four high count justices, eight state premiers, a Reserve Bank governor. Additionally, 10 university vice-chancellors, and countless athletes across a range of sports have passed through Scotch College’s hallowed halls.

It should go without saying that the alumni/membership and fundraising programs at these two iconic Melbourne institutions, which are both well over a century old, are truly first class.

Gifts-in-wills insights

As the Director of Development at Scotch College, and a board member at Hawthorn, Tim Shearer is in a unique position to share how these two great organisations manage their gifts-in-wills programs.

In his current role at Scotch, which he has held since 2012, Shearer has delivered the fundraising plan to successfully achieve the $20 million target for the capital campaign for the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre for Science and raised $5 million for the Spencer Centre for Design and Technology.

Shearer is currently raising funds to endow the Scotch College’s Indigenous Scholarship program ($5 million) and build the new Keon-Cohen Dining Hall ($5 million).

Learn how how to source, secure and nurture gifts-in-wills at Big4

The 2019 Big4 conference will show you how to raise more money through gifts-in-wills, as well as through corporate partnerships, trusts and foundations, and major gifts. Don’t miss out! Click here for more information and to register.

Before making a career change in 2002 with his appointment as the Executive Director of the Old Scotch Collegians’ Association, Shearer held national business director roles at Coca-Cola Amatil and Unilever.

At the 2019 Big4 Fundraising conference, which will be held on 23 and 24 October at the Pullman Melbourne on the Park, Shearer will share his unique insights into gifts-in-wills with Australia’s fundraising community.

At the event, Shearer will provide an overview of the gifts-in-wills programs he oversees, including strategy and results. He will dive into the details of how gifts-in-wills are promoted, prospects are identified and nurtured, and provide examples of some of the communications used.

He will also discuss some of the key factors for success and the challenges that have been overcome. Attendees will leave this presentation with practical tips and tactics to use in their own gifts-in-wills programs.

The 2019 Big4 conference will show you how to raise more money through gifts-in-wills, as well as through corporate partnerships, trusts and foundations, and major gifts. Don’t miss out! Click here for more information and to register.

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