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Meals on Wheels and Glen 20’s pandemic partnership

Meals on Wheels is synonymous with connection and care for older Australians. When the pandemic hit, Glen 20 stepped in to take the charity’s support to the next level.

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“Combine passion with digital… and you create even greater impact”:  Getting the most out of digital technologies with Andrew Hill

Digital technologies can be daunting, but no matter the size of your organisation, you can use them for profound change and impact. Andrew Hill tells us more.

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Missing in action: How charities fail to use their websites for gift in wills fundraising

Charity websites are a powerful way to promote gifts in wills but surprisingly few are doing it well a new survey reveals.

Top insights from the 2021 Australian Census

The 2021 Australian Census provides a picture of a rapidly growing and culturally diverse population struggling with health and housing issues. But the data shows opportunity too. We share the key insights.

Empowering girls, building hope. How 10 women raised over $600,000. 

How are 10 female leaders, an industry that “loves a lunch” and one of Melbourne’s most loved charities making a difference for girls and young women escaping forced marriage and modern-day slavery? We find out.

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Grants Wrap – June 2022

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

How Baby Give Back gave back

As floods devastated Northern NSW and South East QLD, Baby Give Back quickly got to work supporting hundreds of families. Here’s how they raised the money to make that happen.

A global campaign reaching young donors with the unexpected

This World Refugee Day, World Vision shared the second instalment of their hard-hitting and sometimes unexpected Childhood Rescue campaign, directed at younger donors. We find out more from the agency behind the campaign.

Kellogg’s Australia – corporate giving for employee inspiration

In the first six months of 2022 alone, Kellogg’s Australia has seen a 70% uplift in staff volunteering compared to 2021. How do they encourage this effort and how do they give back to the nonprofit sector?

The 8th Australian Charities Report and a story of rising income and expenses

Charities were in a strong position entering 2020. But then there were bushfires and COVID-19. What do the numbers tell us about what came next?

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Stuck in the middle: mid-value donor programs

Lisa Miller answers five key questions every fundraiser should ask before starting a mid-value donor program.

Fundraising lessons from 568km of pedal power

This year, a team of cyclists from Metricon doubled their previous fundraising result for Canteen. How did they do it and what did the partners learn?

A resignation that signifies an end to the ‘war on charities’?

He has been a controversial and divisive symbol of overzealous government control since his appointment as leader of the ACNC in 2017. We take a look at Gary Johns’ 5-year tenure.

Top tips from the 2022 FIA Conference

The F&P team share some of their top tips and takeaways from this year’s FIA conference – from sending the right email at the right time, to leaning into your weird.

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The latest activity, moves and news within the fundraising sector

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The Christmas Appeal round-up

The pandemic did not hinder Christmas giving, the findings from our recent appeal survey show. We share an overview of tactics, learnings and what turned out to be some very healthy results.

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What donors think

Mark Phillips on the longer-term impact of COVID-19 on giving in Australia and the five things charities should do now

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Reflections of a busy fundraiser

Time-poor and stressed out? You need to put your oxygen mask on first. Nicole Lovelock takes the time to explain why and how you can do that

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FIA Awards 2022 – WINNER – Most Outstanding Fundraising Project & Best Supporter Experience

A donor-centric culture led to MSQ’s biggest fundraising year in the organisation’s 63-year history

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FIA Awards 2022 – JOINT WINNER – Impact Through Events

CEO DARE TO CURE – Children’s Cancer Institute  Reckon you could get into a snake bath, walk across hot coals, or stick your hand into a ‘mystery box’ of creepy crawlies? That’s what fundraisers were asked to do in the CEO Dare to Cure event.  The concept  CEOs or business leaders register for the event and […]

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FIA Awards 2022 – JOINT WINNER – Impact Through Events

THE LONGEST DAY – Cancer Council NSW Charity golf days — nothing new, right? Well, it depends on how you run them. With an innovative approach, Cancer Council NSW established a golf day that would become a true diamond in their portfolio of events.  The concept The Longest Day is a first-of-its-kind peer-to-peer golf challenge […]

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FIA Awards 2022 – Arthur Venn Lifetime Achievement Award

ROEWEN WISHART, Director, Xponential Group An Australian authority on high-return fundraising strategies is the recipient of this year’s prestigious award. Director of Xponential Group and founder of the Australian Major Gifts Benchmarking Study, Roewen Wishart’s experience covers all areas of fundraising with a focus on strategy, major gifts, campaign development and gifts-in-wills.  Rowen has worked extensively […]

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FIA Awards 2022 – Young Fundraiser of the Year

TOM HANSFORD Grants Coordinator, Asylum Seeker Resource Centre That an independent audit of the management of a grant valued at $3.8 million received a close to perfect score was mostly due to the calibre of the work of Tom Hansford. Starting out in 2019 as a volunteer grants officer working just one day a week before […]

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FIA Awards 2022 – Fundraiser of the Year

CARL YOUNG Philanthropy and Fundraising Director, Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation The stats are compelling when it comes to Carl Young’s success as a fundraiser and nonpfrofit leader. Net revenue grew from $17 million in FY16 to $23.9 million in FY21 — an increase of 40%. Peter Mac’s donor base grew from 109,000 in FY16 to 124,469 […]

Death tech: the big disrupter to gifts in wills

Technology is bringing greater transparency and wider participation to an important but underutilised revenue stream

Donations decrease for the first time since 2015

The results of the 2022 McNair yellowSquares Survey of Public Awareness and Support of Leading Charities are in

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It’s all going swimmingly

Australia is a nation of swimmers and two charities have won their hearts. F&P takes a deep dive into their highly successful P2P fundraising

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Charity leaders must step up

Katherine Raskob on the four key areas that charity CEOs and board members should focus on to truly become fundraising leaders

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Build it and they will come

The Property Industry Foundation has a deep understanding of how to make corporate partnerships work. Fiona Atkinson finds out more

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A systemic approach: can it change the game for your philanthropic asks?

F&P’s Fiona Atkinson talks to Steve Killelea about his journey into international aid, the creation of the Global Peace Index, and why you should always keep funders closely connected to the work they support

Is your organisation digitally mature?

In 2021, Blackbaud Pacific surveyed 134 organisations across Australia and New Zealand to explore how they had adapted and innovated throughout the many challenges brought on by the pandemic. The results outlined in 2021’s The Dynamics of Change report made for encouraging reading. In the face of significant obstacles, the vast majority of social good […]

Talking Point: Tell us about your winter appeals

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

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5 minutes with a fundraiser – Tom Duggan

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

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What Makes Great Australian Fundraising Organisations Truly Great?

First published 15 April, 2019 In 2018 the FIA Foundation commissioned a new piece of research to look at the characteristics of truly exceptional fundraising organisations in Australia. The results of this study were launched at the FIA conference in Melbourne in March. For me there were several stand-out issues. EXCEPTIONAL LEADERS The first was […]

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The power of motivated supporters

First published April, 2019 Elsa was an 11-year-old whose mother was a professional fundraiser. One day the girl informed her mum that she wanted to help her raise the money to build a women’s shelter. You see, the daughter calculated that to raise $1 million she only had to find 3,334 donors to give $25 […]

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Sometimes you have to break the fundraising rules

Have you ever been in a situation where you did everything ‘by the book’ and things did not go as expected? In fact, they went the exact opposite of expected? Alice Ferris discusses why sometimes you have to break the fundraising rules.

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Build trust, accelerate the cycle, think big: how to secure more major gifts

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

4 tips for cultivating your bequestors

Want to ensure bequestors are part of your organisation’s inner circle? Follow these suggestions from Evelyn Mason.

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10 digital trends that will shape nonprofits

Originally published March 2021 Recently named one of the 25 most influential nonprofit thought leaders and one of the seven nonprofit thought leaders to follow on Twitter during the coronavirus crisis, Julia Campbell is on a mission to make the digital world a better place.    What’s on tap for nonprofit marketing this year? Which digital marketing […]

5 ways to get more donations this tax time!

EOFY is the perfect time to run a campaign to get more funds for your cause. Here are Jess Bowman’s five tips.

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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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Five tricks from a digital fundraising program that’s leading the pack

Canada’s BC SPCA is a global leader in digital fundraising. Andrew Sadauskas examines five successful strategies it uses.

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Passing the BBQ Test: 5 tools to create the perfect pitch

How to communicate clearly and easily about your organisation to galvanise support for your cause.

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Family vs Charity

The law has not usually favoured charities when it comes to contested bequests, but recent cases offer hope. Anne Robinson explains.

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Top tips for finding your top major gift prospects

Often our best major gift prospects are hidden in plain sight. But how do you find them and prioritise your approaches?

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Do the digital two-step!

Discover Luke Edwards’ five handy digital hints to planning an online survey or pledge campaign for two-step acquisition.

Digital fundraising that wins

Tracking, audiences, creative, channels, website optimisation, digital wallet options – there’s a lot to consider when trying to secure an online donation or action. Here’s how to get it done.

Giving Heroes – inspiring the next generation of fundraisers

Young fundraisers are raring to go, but there are ethical and legal considerations to securing their support. The Fundraising Network have found the sweet spot.

A crushing loss of volunteers – and what we can do about it

Natural disasters and COVID-19 have resulted in the loss of 293 million volunteer hours, estimated at $13.5 billion in help and support. Here’s what we can do about it says FRRR CEO, Natalie Egleton.

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Grants Wrap – May 2022

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

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SHINE for Kids’ first-ever crowdfunding campaign

SHINE for Kids’ first-ever crowdfunding campaign not only beat its target of $100,000 but also taught the charitable organisation a great deal about its donor base. Lise Taylor reports.

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Major gifts: getting to the heart of what matters

The National Heart Foundation’s NSW CEO Kerry Doyle and NSW Board President Rebecca Davies share the key learnings from their study tour of nonprofit organisations in the US and UK. Lise Taylor reports.

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Corporate partnerships: Is your organisation ready?

When considering a corporate partnerships strategy it’s important to ask these three questions, advises Hailey Cavill-Jaspers.

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[video] A gifts-in-wills tip from Greenpeace

Ahead of the Big4 conference, here’s a quick tip to help your nonprofit’s gifts-in-wills program.

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The untapped potential of planned giving (part 2)

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

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Telefundraising for bequests spot on for IFAW

Originally published July 2016 When the International Fund for Animal Welfare decided to change its bequest program, no-one foresaw just how fruitful the new telefundraising campaign would be, says Naomi Schofield.

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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Case study: A nudge for gifts in wills

Liz Henderson explores how a 14-month phone campaign incorporating elements of nudge theory and social norming techniques has helped the Stroke Foundation identify over $10 million of potential future income from supporters interested in including gifts in their wills.

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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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8 top tips for crowdfunding success

Learn about utilising the power of social media to generate impact for your nonprofit organisation. Beth Kanter’s eight best practice crowdfunding ideas will make your campaigns even more successful.

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Inside a bold charity campaign

Shanelle Newton Clapham on creating and testing brave marketing messages for women’s rights organisation ActionAid.

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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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The untapped potential of planned giving (part 3)

In a series of articles for F&P, Lawrence Jackson explores the potential for far greater investment in planned giving in Australia and how to shift current practices in this critically important area.

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Will this simple question reveal event donors who’ll give again?

Using donor identity to filter event and peer-to-peer participants into high conversion leads.

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Finals fever: gifts-in-wills fundraising insights from a Hawthorn director

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

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Lighthouse Foundation’s campaign raises more than $700k on a tight deadline

FIA Award Winner – Donor Renewal Under $5 million & Most Innovative Campaign

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Cerebral Palsy Alliance program boosts potential bequests by $50m

FIA Award Winner – Bequests/Gifts in Wills over $5 million

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Paws for thought: RSPCA Queensland sharing tips for purr-fecting your gifts-in-wills program

There’s one week left to RSVP for Big4. If you want best practice tips to strengthen your gifts-in-wills fundraising, missing this event would be a real cat-astrophe.

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When words cannot express: In-memory fundraising in a year of change

With a pandemic of grief in the wake of COVID-19, there are many practical steps that Australian charities can take to help supporters.

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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.

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The untapped potential of planned giving (part 4)

In his final article in this four-part series, Lawrence Jackson explores the potential of going beyond our traditional ‘one-trick pony’ bequest marketing approach to enrich our local planned giving ecosystem and diversify our practices.

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Partnerships with great ingredients

Originally published March 2019 What comes to mind when you think of Sydney’s Botanic Gardens? Flowers? Beautiful locations? Weddings? Picnics? Not partnerships, I suspect? And definitely not a partnership centred around botanically inspired gin! But gin and other product partnerships are not only providing the Gardens with a sustainable and growing income stream but also […]

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Australia’s First Major Gifts Benchmarking Study

Originally published March 2019 Major gifts can be a game-changer for an organisation’s fundraising. They are usually the largest donations an organisation receives and provide an opportunity for the donor to be a significant partner in the organisation’s mission. Major gift fundraising is an area of strong growth in Australia. One of the key reasons […]

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Workplace Giving: Best practice from the best in the business

Workplace Giving Australia hosted a webinar with The Smith Family, JB Hi-Fi and Energy Australia to give insight into award-winning workplace giving programs.

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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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Unwrapping major gifts

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

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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.

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7 steps to grow your nonprofit donor base with social media

Julia Campbell takes us through seven steps to grow your donor base with social media.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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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A day in the (working) life of…

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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This free guide will show you how to make smarter decisions and deliver greater social impact..

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.