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You’ve been framed – the ethics of storytelling in fundraising

Charities should have policies on the use of service user stories and images in fundraising, a new approach to framing ethics recommends.

Using blockchain for nonprofit traceability

Blockchain offers unique opportunities for donation traceability and fundraising, but it doesn’t come without a catch.

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Three top lead generation tactics for nonprofits

James Herlihy of fundraising agency, Mindwize, shares three lead generation strategies to help your NFP attract new supporters.

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My top 10 takeaways from Digi.Raise + EventRaise 2022

F&P’s Content Creator, Fiona Atkinson, shares her Top 10 takeaways from the jam-packed 2022 Digi.Raise + EventRaise conference.

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Royal Far West tops list of best nonprofits to work for

The latest ‘AFR BOSS Best places to work’ list shares ANZ’s top work culture performers alongside valuable lessons we can all use to make work an enjoyable experience.

They came, they baked, they ‘rose’ to the challenge

The Bread & Butter Project recently completed their first crowdfunding campaign for asylum seekers and refugees. We share the outcomes.

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Major gifts pave the way for world-leading research

These are exciting times for The University of Queensland, which has secured major philanthropic gifts for health and research by drawing on donor personal experience.

New Zealand’s Willpower

FINZ shares the results of a two-year study to benchmark and understand New Zealand gifts in wills.

Digital marketing guru Zoe Amar to keynote at FIA Conference

Technology doesn’t have to be a cold, transactional medium, says UK digital expert Zoe Amar.

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Communications or communicating?

When US copywriting expert Tom Ahern was asked to write a how-to standard desk reference about donor communications, it got him thinking.

Australia’s top 50 philanthropy list for 2022

A 2% decline on the year before, but still worth $942 million – what the AFR Philanthropy 50 List tells us about Australia’s mega-giving.

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Grants Wrap – April 2022

Looking for grants and funding opportunities? Here are some funders with approaching deadlines, provided by Strategic Grants

Arts gift becomes record-maker

Lindsay Fox has come a long way since the days of his one-truck business. Last week his success earned the NGV a transformative gift.

Political endorsements from charities land them in hot water

It’s been a busy week for NFP media and not in a good way. Several charity leaders are facing a backlash after endorsing the LNP’s Josh Frydenberg.  

Gill Whelan on following your social media instincts

If you’ve ever thought social media fundraising success is out of reach or that you can’t secure influencer support, think again! Gill Whelan will share the secrets of her success at F&P Digi.Raise + EventRaise.

Careful considerations – more from the Corporate Support Report

We recently shared key findings from the JBWere Corporate Support Report. This week we delve deeper into the recommended considerations for a healthy nonprofit-corporate relationship.

My donor’s are leaving me… how to stop a sinking ship

If donors are leaving your NFP, the solution may be as simple as checking your asks and thank yous. Seedling’s Jess Bowman tells us more.

Workplace Giving insights – from the mouths of corporates

We share learnings from Good2Give’s ‘Get Giving – Insights from Industry Champions’ webinar.

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.

When to put the ‘fun’ in fundraising 

When RSPCA VIC turned 150, they wanted to recognise the milestone and address animal cruelty. What eventuated was the ‘Wombat in the Room’ campaign.

JBWere Corporate Support Report

Corporate giving – a major opportunity, but widely misunderstood. A new report shows us how understanding the values and ‘shape’ of corporates is key to securing their support. 

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Laughter, tears & pledges

Find out how The Funding Network helped three women make the world a better place by pledging money to their causes: homelessness, refugee literacy and domestic violence.

Universities the winners of March 2022

A $1B campaign, a historic bequest, and a campaign for a care facility with students at its heart. We explore several university fundraising campaigns reaping rewards.

Australia’s Richest 250 in 2022

Young tech entrepreneurs are giving mining and property magnates a run for their money – with both wealth and philanthropy – in the annual rundown of Australia’s wealthiest.

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Legacy Fundraising: Lessons from research

This article was first published 29 May, 2019 Legacies remain one of the last great opportunities in fundraising. Massively fewer of us give in death than we do in life, even though we often care passionately about the causes we support. Often this happens because folks either aren’t asked or are asked poorly. So what […]

Federal Budget: NFPs react to social sector spend

Did the Morrison government’s election budget deliver for the social sector? We asked eight NFP leaders.

“We don’t fund business as usual” – rejecting the indirect costs rejection

NFP performance is often measured on overhead ratio. And funders are not prepared to support indirect costs. Both approaches are drastically flawed a new report reveals.

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Grants Wrap – March 2022

Looking for grants and funding opportunities? Here are some funders with approaching deadlines, provided by Strategic Grants

How to create a winning fundraising strategy

“Every fundraiser has that moment when they ask themselves: where do I start? During those times, I have reached for the one proven tool that has helped me to overcome uncertainty: a written fundraising strategy.”

Advocating and championing change during a federal election

It’s an election year and effective advocacy is vital. The Pharmacy Guild of Australia share their tactics in advocating for affordable medicines.

Press 3 for a pep talk – how kindergartners are giving joy

A viral campaign is raising funds for a hotline… run by children… that shares uplifting advice and words of encouragement in troubling times.

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This month we ‘spend’ the day with Lee Ferraro – Donor Development Manager at RSPCA Victoria… and heads up, there’s some furry cuteness!

Where does Australia sit on the Global Philanthropy Environment Index?

A new report found the global philanthropic environment is improving but Australia showed a slight decline on previous years.

Why benchmarking data and insights matter

Fundraisers share why benchmarking data is critical to growing their charities.

A night of fundraising to celebrate diversity and inclusivity

F&P’s Fiona Atkinson joins The Funding Network’s latest crowdfunding event and discovers it’s all about pocket money and spreadsheets.

How to make your events more inclusive and accessible

Practical tips for fundraising events that include people with disabilities and special needs.

Baby shower campaign secures funds and material aid for families in need

2021 was the Dandelion Support Network’s 10th anniversary and most challenging year – both experiences lead to a new fundraising initiative.

RSPCA leads Australian charity rankings

Survey shows animals, cancer, mental health and children’s causes are top of mind for Australians in 2022.

State of emergency – fundraisers respond to 14 days of tragedy

Devastating scenes are unfolding from the Ukraine and Australia’s record-breaking floods. Here’s how fundraising is stepping up to the challenge.

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True or False: Stories always beat numbers?

  This article was first published on 7 December, 2018 We’ve been teaching fundraisers for 30 or so years to tell stories in their fundraising, but is this always the best approach? If it is, what kinds of stories should we be telling? The first rule is to focus the storytelling on someone who the […]

David and Goliath – the realities of political fundraising

Climate 200 challenge major political players by supporting independents taking action on climate, integrity and gender equity. Their fundraising efforts help level the playing field.

In-house or outsource? There is a third option

Before the pandemic, few would have predicted the great resignation. During the recent lockdowns, many Australians (and countless people around the world) spent time reassessing their careers. This led to employees changing jobs en masse. This global trend has come as a bit of a shock to many organisations and companies. (Some suggest it might […]

Social impact reporting lets your light shine

We’re experiencing a growing collective mindset in an era of rising scepticism – so it’s time to build trust and buy-in through transparent social impact reporting.

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The latest activity, moves and news within the fundraising sector

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Data: your regular giving program’s best friend

Regular giving has the potential to provide a lucrative and reliable foundation for your fundraising. But without data, and the processes to collect and understand it, you will struggle to make your program a success

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A rising tide lifts all boats

How the newly formed Emergency Action Alliance will harness the power of collaboration to raise more funds for humanitarian crises

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The power of design

It sets the mood, it evokes emotion, it guides the reader. Anthea Iva on why good design matters, and how it plays a key role in getting your message across

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How the March On Challenge crushed its target

Learnings taken from a pilot of Solider On’s peer-to-peer event meant income grew by 3412% in a year. What was the secret to their success? F&P’s Fiona Atkinson finds out

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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

How to climb a digital mountain

The journey to implement a new fundraising and donor management system for your organisation is a lot like climbing a mountain. Clarety’s Jeremy Horn shares five tips to help you on the journey

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What your donors really want!

A letter from an emotionally exhausted donor

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Skilled fundraisers change the world

Fundraising Institute Australia has developed four pillars to address professional development challenges in the nonprofit sector

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Let’s talk about Lifeline

We share the story of a charity whose corporate partnerships bring in millions of dollars but deliver value beyond those dollars.

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Do philanthropists need a safe space?

Growing criticism, the absence of visible peers and a lack of knowledge about giving channels are stymieing philanthropy from the rich. F&P’s Fiona Atkinson talks to Jack Heath to find out more

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The big ask

John Wylie and Myriam Boisbouvier-Wylie are the winners of the Creative Partnerships Australia Philanthropy Leadership Award. F&P’s Fiona Atkinson caught up with them to talk about the winning ingredients of their top-down philanthropy

The trends shaping the nonprofit sector in 2022

Every year, Salesforce.org releases  its global Nonprofit Trends Report to better understand the role nonprofits have in serving their communities, what’s shifting within the nonprofit space, mental health and wellbeing in the sector, and how technology supports an organisation’s ability to fund and run their missions across departments. This year’s report features survey responses from […]

Tell us about your role and/or a typical day at work

Anthea Iva, Director of Redstone Marketing, asks three nonprofit executives for their perspectives on fundraising.

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5 minutes with a fundraiser – Geoff Hills

We speak to Geoff Hills, CEO of Streetsmart Australia

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15 indicators philanthropists look for to identify a High Performing Charity

Philanthropists want to give to the best and to charities that reflect their values. Do you meet the criteria?

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Face-to-face: Is it time to go it alone?

This article was originally published in May 2017. Oh, it’s easy, you think. When you are looking at a gap between the numbers of regular donors you need to acquire and the number you can get from suppliers then the answer may seem obvious: start your own face-to-face team. Several Australian nonprofits have seen this […]

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Grants Wrap – February 2022

Looking for grants and funding opportunities? Here are some funders with approaching deadlines, provided by Strategic Grants

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.

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No, no, no, no. Nooooo.

What to do when you thought they would say yes, but they say no.

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.

Social enterprise embarks on its first crowdfunding campaign to train refugee bakers

Australia’s original social enterprise bakery is embracing a fundraising first. F&P’s Fiona Atkinson caught up with the team to find out more.

The Great Resignation or the Volunteer Revolution?

COVID-19 has caused significant volunteer loss for rural NFPs. But what if it also presents golden opportunities? FRRR’s Alli Mudford shares her thoughts.

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Starting from scratch

This article was originally published 10 October 2018. Cancer Council NSW (CCNSW) was established in 1955 with a clear vision: a cancer-free future. We work towards this vision by conducting and funding world-class research, running prevention programs in the community, supporting people affected by cancer and advocating to ensure that governments take action. One of […]

$2.5 million funding flagged for Aussie start-up that uses AI to help raise money

AI and Machine Learning – we hear a lot about them, but what do they mean for fundraising? This tech disruptor can help us find out.

How to create a winning case for support 

Been asked for your organisation’s case for support but don’t have one? Find out why you need one and the secret ingredients to making it great.

To give, or not to give: what’s motivating peer-to-peer donors?

New research aims to find out so get involved to gain valuable insights for your P2P strategies and maximise income from events.

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Time for fundraising to end its love affair with business education

This article was originally published on 28 March 2017. Why is fundraising still the only profession one can join without needing to know anything? Why is it that we’re prepared to accept and promote individuals who never took the trouble to immerse themselves in the body of knowledge and properly prepare themselves for their future […]

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FGG partnering with nonprofits to foster wellbeing and mental health in young Australians

Future Generation Global is looking to establish partnerships with prevention-focused organisations with ambitious impact growth strategies.

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Stewardship on a shoestring: Investing in relationships

This article was originally published on 10 October 2018. We all know that building relationships with funders is an essential part of a successful grants program. But if you’re a small nonprofit just starting to seek grants strategically, it can be hard to know where to start with a funder stewardship strategy and where to […]

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.

A day in the (working) life of…

In our new monthly series, we take a peek into the working day of a fundraising professional. First up, Rochelle Cannington from St Kilda Mums.

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Grants Wrap – January 2022

Looking for grants and funding opportunities? Here are some funders with approaching deadlines, provided by Strategic Grants.

New development opportunities for gift in wills and in-memory fundraisers

Legacy Futures has made exciting mentoring opportunities available in the Australia and NZ legacy fundraising space. Could you snag one of them?

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.

6 steps to building a not-for-profit social media strategy for 2022

Our friends at Hancock Creative share their top tips for social media success in an increasingly digital world.

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.

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Scenic World Shared: a third generation success story

A third generation family business operating one of Australia’s top tourist attractions has launched a philanthropic campaign to give back to the community and preserve its environment. Clare Joyce reports.

Digitising charities: Could NFTs supercharge fundraising?

There is a huge opportunity to monetise content via NFTs. It’s time charities took this new funding stream seriously.

Daring philanthropy in a high-risk environment

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

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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.

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Get your nonprofit’s mission statement right!

Have you examined your nonprofit’s mission statement lately? Jim Weber says repositioning your cause can help your fundraising efforts. 

The issues with fundraising in 2022 and how we can solve them

From narrow funding sources to shrinking volunteer numbers to lack of diversity, six grassroots NFPs tell us what will impact their fundraising in the next year.

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.

Equity Trustees grows giving from $91m to $96.2m in FY21

Leading funder, Equity Trustees, has released its fourth annual Giving Review, analysing granting and bequests overseen in FY21.

UQ joins Google and Minderoo to create change

Through philanthropic collaborations, UQ is accelerating vital research into areas like bushfire prevention and the impacts of plastics on human health.

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Grants Wrap – December 2021

Looking for grants and funding opportunities? Here are some funders with approaching deadlines, provided by Strategic Grants.

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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 winners are in for the sixth annual Workplace Giving Excellence Awards

Enthusiasm and innovation were running themes in this year’s nominations, showing the pandemic has not got the better of workplace giving.

One crisis, four responses

How four charities developed and delivered their fundraising response to the Afghanistan crisis

5 questions to ask after the world’s biggest charity ‘mystery shop’

Australian fundraising and marketing agency, Donor Republic, recently partnered with NextAfter and Salesforce for an online ‘mystery shop’ of 630 charities across the world (including 80 Australian charities). The results form the basis of a unique benchmarking report, The Global Online Fundraising Scorecard, which offers local not-for-profits the opportunity to measure their online fundraising efforts […]

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.

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Movers & Shakers 2021 – Vedran Drakulić

“It was really about trying to reach out to people who might not necessarily think about homelessness on a day-to-day basis.”

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Movers & Shakers 2021 – Evan Jackson

“He has used the power of collaboration and empathy to inspire his team to achieve these incredible results.”

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Movers & Shakers 2021 – James Pryor

“He has pioneered the success of the fundraising team at SSH yet continues to humbly seek improvement each day.”

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Movers & Shakers 2021 – Peter Burt

“I was once told it is so hard to acquire a new confirmed gift in will but it is so easy to lose one, especially if no personal relationship is in place.”

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Movers & Shakers 2021 – Michele Wilkinson

“I believe the key to it all will be the heart and soul of the industry – its people.”

A new digital path for donors

The Nature Conservancy Australia is using automated journeys to take its donor experience to the next level – with amazing results.

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Movers & Shakers 2021 – Zoe Waters

“She has shown incredible resilience, initiative and innovation.”

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Movers & Shakers 2021 – Lachlan Snow

Lachlan is an extraordinarily committed, genuine and highly sought-after superstar fundraiser who cares deeply about the impact of his work.

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Movers & Shakers 2021 – Laura Henry

“I help people fall in love with Wayside Chapel.”

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Movers & Shakers 2021 – Jade Williamson

“Jade Williamson is the ultimate collaborative team member.”

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Movers & Shakers 2021 – Lesley Ray

“Celebrate the wins, acknowledge great work, give clear feedback, make sure everybody has clear KPIs, and appreciate that mistakes happen.”

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State of the Fundraising Nation

Industry experts take a look back at the unprecedented year that was.

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Carrying on in (continuing) uncertain times

It’s been another challenging year for the sector but Katherine Raskob believes in better things to come.

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Can the rich save the world?

Paul Vallely talks to Teresa Zolnierkiewicz about the trajectory of philanthropy.

Talking Point: How are you harnessing human emotion in fundraising?

Anthea Iva, Director of Redstone Marketing, asks three nonprofit executives for their perspectives on fundraising.

The stage is set for the 2022 National FIA Conference

The best local and international speakers are set to return to Sydney for the FIA National Conference in February. 

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.

A brush with kindness

How a partnership between Habitat for Humanity and a Australian company Merlin gave employees the chance to experience the nonprofit’s mission first-hand.

GivingTuesday is in its ninth year – has it been a success?

Widely adopted in the US, billions raised worldwide, and a slow uptake in Australia. With the campaign happening this week, we take a look at results and share insights.

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Adult conversations about major gifts

Major gift fundraising depends on respectful adult conversations. Your success depends on getting these five factors right.

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The best ROI in fundraising: Invest in your fundraisers

Susanne Williamson asks why marketers are taken so seriously that they are involved in the strategic planning of organisations, yet fundraising professionals aren’t considered ‘quite up to scratch’.

Free videos: Master multi-channel supporter journeys

Watch these free video clips to discover how to use multi-channel journeys to engage your supporters more often – meaningfully.

When time is money: the true value of outsourcing

Your time is precious. Yet, as David Packenas from Crystal Clear Data points out, many fundraisers don’t fully consider the cost of wasted time.

Your annual report is a fundraising tool

Annual reports can be a powerful tool in securing support – here’s how to get the most out of them.

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Grants Wrap – November 2021

Looking for grants and funding opportunities? Here are some funders with approaching deadlines, provided by Strategic Grants.

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.

A how-to guide for philanthropists and how it helps your nonprofit

Extensive research tells us that Australians are keen to make significant and structured gifts. But the giving pathway can be confusing. A new guide aims to address that.

Here’s a free guide to help your end-of-year planning

A worldwide survey polled over 8,200 people in nonprofit marketing roles. Get your free copy of the report to discover how your organisation compares.

Mind the Gap

Owen Valentine Pringle, Chief of Staff at ActionAid International, on the key things fundraisers need to address for success.

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.

Mammoth bushfire recovery effort helps secure top award

This year, the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife won Australian Charity of the Year 2021 with a series of fundraising initiatives that supported volunteers, educated the community and provided critical bushfire relief.

Thoughts on Facebook from Parachute Digital

As a sector that works for love over hate, can we continue to prolifically use a platform like Facebook? Parachute Digital tell us why it’s so problematic.

Fundraising leadership – there’s much more to be done

Fundraising and giving at board and executive level can result in transformative gifts, but a new study reveals an ongoing lack of clarity about leadership-level participation.

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.

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Investing in authenticity

For Sandra Hills, what really differentiates the best leaders is a principled, values-driven approach combined with a commitment to authentic leadership.

US$1.7 billion funding announced at COP26, Australia absent

Governments and private funders have announced a historic pledge in support of Indigenous Peoples and local communities as the guardians of precious tropical rainforests.

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A new virtual peer-to-peer event receives national award

In its first year, the March On Challenge made light work of its target, more than tripling the anticipated fundraising result. The goal? To prevent veteran suicide.

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Fundraising innovation: get your crazy on!

Dan Geaves shares four key characteristics that contribute to creating innovative fundraising ideas.

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Education fundraising: when ‘need’ isn’t the need

Looking to grow your school or university fundraising? Here are 11 themes to use in your appeals, from US annual giving expert Bob Burdenski.

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A new name and visual identity for John and Pauline Gandel’s foundation 

The Gandel family’s long-standing philanthropic arm, Gandel Philanthropy, is changing its name to Gandel Foundation.

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Crusading consumers come out swinging for charities

The pandemic has provided the opportunity for deep reflection about what’s important – and for many, that means making ethical purchases. What does this mean for corporate partnerships?

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Why grantors should focus on capacity-building to scale impact

Programs will only be as good as the organisation implementing them, which is why the move towards capacity-building grants is so important for the nonprofit sector.

The Ponytail Project and the power of school fundraising

It began as a school fundraiser – now it’s a national fundraising initiative for the Cancer Council, raising $800,000 to date.

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Generosity, compassion and legacy after the bushfires

With carbon emissions on the agenda and a hot Summer ahead of us, it’s worth looking at how philanthropy can respond to climate-related disasters.

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Grants Wrap – October 2021

Looking for grants and funding opportunities? Here are some funders with approaching deadlines, provided by Strategic Grants.

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The value of untied funding

Carolyn Finis explains why Sigma Healthcare’s untied funding is critical to the Summer Foundation’s systems change advocacy work.

A transformative grant: much-needed good news from the arts industry

Arts and culture has been one of the worst-hit sectors in the COVID-19 pandemic. So we should seek inspiration from arts institutions getting results from their fundraising and the organisations who are backing them.

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.

FIA Conference 2022 registrations open soon

A stellar line-up international and local speakers headline the conference to take place in Sydney on 23-25 February.

Donor journey fail

Why donor journeys fail

We all know the importance of an engaging donor journey – but why do so many fail to have impact on donor retention?

Salesforce webinar slides – Oct 2021

  Please click the link below to download the webinar slides The Anatomy of the Online Giving Experience: A Mystery Donor Perspective

Big picture giving: a marathon, not a sprint

What we can learn from Hands Across Canberra about intergenerational wealth transfer and donations that last forever…

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Corporate partnerships: 5 things my peers taught me

Companies are increasingly realising that doing good can be good for business. Steve Matthews says corporate partnerships are an excellent way to fundraise – but only if you get your strategy right.

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.

Major Giving: timeless principles and emerging trends

A new report shares valuable insights that could transform your major gifts program.

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Not a day goes by…

Although disparate and undervalued in Australia, the potential for in-memory giving is huge says Kate Jenkinson.

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Charity branding: A recipe for fundraising success

The challenge for charities and not-for-profits is to attach your brand to your mission. Here are a few tips to take into the kitchen.

Parachute Digital webinar slides – Sept 2021

Test, Learn, Grow: Master Multi-Channel Supporter Journeys Today

Retain more donors with personas that go beyond demographics

Learn about personas and how you can use them to connect with your highest-impact supporters through personalised engagement strategies.

Why prize-led fundraising is a win-win for charities of all sizes

After helping nearly 10,000 causes raise almost £7million a year across the UK, Aussie Charity Lottery experts Jumbo Interactive are bringing One Lottery to Australia. Their goal? To help charities of all sizes use prize-led fundraising to keep their revenue stream flowing.

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Grants Wrap – September 2021

Looking for grants and funding opportunities? Here are some funders with approaching deadlines, provided by Strategic Grants.

A story of transparency and simplicity

How billionaire Jack Dorsey is using a Google spreadsheet to share the story of his mega-gift.

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Unlocking the potential of gifts in wills

Gifts in wills account for almost 20% of Australia’s fundraising income and the potential to grow that income is huge. Internationally recognised expert Ligia Peña will help you do just that in her masterclass at Big4.

StreetSmart: smart by name, smart by nature

StreetSmart’s clever initiatives and strong partnerships help them support thousands of people experiencing homelessness every year. Their relationship with Sheridan Australia is just one example of corporate relationships done right.

Gavan Woinarski

How to build an endowment fund

If you are looking to future-proof your nonprofit, an endowment fund could be a good option. Gavan Woinarski will outline how to get donors onboard and successfully launch an endowment fund.

What does effective philanthropy look like?

When Fahim* was born to a rickshaw puller and his wife in Bhola, Bangladesh, the family was overjoyed. However, as the new baby settled with his mother, they realised there was something unusual about his feet. Both were turned inward at a 90-degree angle.   Fahim had bilateral clubfoot. In Bangladesh, up to 5,000 children are born with the congenital condition […]

Donor stewardship Sydney Uni style

University of Sydney is one of the leading Australian organisations doing principal and major gifts fundraising. Jeremy Bradshaw interviewed Mary Ellen Rielly to find out their secrets to successful donor stewardship.

Fundraising from space

Two billionaires, four intrepid space tourists, 72,000 donors and $210M raised for a children’s hospital.

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From $0 to $5 million plus – How to start and scale a successful peer-to-peer fundraising program

How World Animal Protection is using Facebook to drive gifts-in-wills leads

How a very specific message on a tiny digital budget cut through the noise to deliver World Animal Protection strong bequest leads.

How to be brave in your fundraising

The National Justice Project are a not-for-profit willing to go against the grain – here’s what we can learn from them.

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Ask not what your volunteers can do for you…

Volunteers present unique challenges to nonprofit leaders but with the right approach they also offer countless benefits. Therese Markou speaks from experience – and her heart.

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Do your HR policies hurt your donor retention?

US fundraising expert Stephen Shattuck highlights the benefits of ensuring you have a plan in place for retaining employees – before you make a plan for retaining your donors.

Yirranma Place – ‘a place where many create’

The Paul Ramsay Foundation will soon open a for-purpose hub in a historic Sydney building, welcoming tenants who will tackle social problems in innovative ways.

Lockdowns ensure digital fundraising revolution is here to stay

The shift from face-to-face to digital fundraising is continuing to gain momentum, as over 15 million Australians are thrown into rolling pandemic-induced lockdowns.

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iRaiser’s FREE Digital Fundraising Week – September 2021

Join iRaiser for a week of free webinars on digital fundraising including four sessions hosted in Australia and New Zealand.

The power of food – fostering giving and connection

A new digital campaign is encouraging Australians to ‘share a plate with a mate’ and raise funds for OzHarvest.

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Injecting personality into your major gifts program  

Do you know how each of your donors take their tea? Shelley Mason does. And at Harry Perkins, this knowledge is a team-wide philosophy. 

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Include a Charity Week is here!

Demand for charity services is at an all-time high, but gifts in wills are declining. Include a Charity Week is doing something about it.

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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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Unwrapping major gifts

Research reveals major gifts success is not confined to larger organisations and challenges conventional wisdom.

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Industry Insider

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

Planning ahead to maximise long-term value

How Humane Society International Australia and RFDS QLD are fundraising for sustainable success

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My leadership truths

Belinda Dimovski on leadership and the social responsibilities of large charities

White saviourism
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White saviourism in fundraising

June Steward poses some uncomfortable questions

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A confession from an inexperienced fundraising manager!

Jon Thorne had lots of ideas, now he prefers questions

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The charity model of the future needs to start today

Simon Doble on the business of charity

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Stopping the spread of hate

Priscilla Brice on why we need a diverse, well-funded media landscape and how nonprofits and philanthropy can help

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Jen & Stefan

When Jen needed some objective advice, she reached out to Stefan. Over a monthly coffee, they have forged a strong and productive mentoring relationship

Miracle Babies

A website upgrade leads to a miracle discovery

How Miracle Babies found a perfect partner with Clarety Community

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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

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5 easy ways to optimise online fundraising

In order to better understand the current state of online fundraising across the globe and learn how donors interact with nonprofits online, NextAfter Institute, in partnership with Salesforce.org and Donor Republic, conducted a global mystery shopping exercise that sheds light on the online giving and email subscriber experience at more than 630 nonprofits in nine […]

A very good idea

Ruth Wicks explains how RFDS (Queensland Section) and a group of forward-thinking agencies worked together to transform traditional ways of generating and converting bequest leads

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What women want

Kimberly Downes discusses recent research about women’s role and influence in philanthropy and the implications that has for engaging women as donors

Talking Point: What’s on your mind right now?

The Director of Redstone Marketing asks three nonprofit executives for their perspectives. ANNE JOHNSTON Chief Marketing & Fundraising Officer, Children’s Cancer Institute Attracting talent – our time is now. When I was first considering a role in the for-purpose sector, I remember being told by a commercial advisor that it would be too bureaucratic, too […]

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Who controls the purse strings?

When it comes to securing corporate partners, Hailey Cavill-Jaspers reveals an important distinction that will stimulate and accelerate fruitful discussions with corporates, companies, and brands

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5 minutes with a fundraiser – Vikram Chowdhary

“Fundraising is an honourable profession and you should take pride in it,” Vikram Chowdhary, former Head of Marketing and Fundraising at ChildFund Australia.

Do you still love me?

Nurturing a relationship takes time but you might just find a soul mate. Chris Downes gets serious about fundraising.

A snapshot of giving before disaster struck

The Queensland University of Technology’s detailed analysis of 2018/19 tax-deductible giving will act as an important benchmark for gifts before the bushfires and COVID-19.

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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Grants Wrap – August 2021

Looking for grants and funding opportunities? Here are some funders with approaching deadlines, provided by Strategic Grants.

How mountain-top thinking is taking on plastic pollution

The Minderoo Foundation’s recent $4.5 million grant to the University of Queensland is part of a carefully planned granting strategy to change our plastics industry before it’s too late.

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Are you saving until you are broke?

According to Norwegian digital fundraising strategist Beate Sørum, it makes no sense not to invest in digital infrastructure – even in hard times.

Fiona Atkinson

5 minutes with an (ex) fundraiser

“It touched my heart and it confirmed my regular gift is making a difference – could there be a better example of donor care?” Meet our new team member – Fiona

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Innovate or die!

Innovation is more than just launching a new campaign or event. Here’s what you should do before you brainstorm your next big idea.

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Meet Bisi Alimi: The angelic troublemaker

Bisi Alimi is a leading voice for the LGBTIQA+ community in Nigeria. In this interview with F&P, he shares his inspirational story.

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The untapped potential of planned giving (part 1)

In a series of articles for F&P, Lawrence Jackson explores the potential for far greater investment in planned giving in Australia.