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Young Fundraiser of the Year Alan White appointed to FIA Board of Directors

Alan White, Fundraising Manager at Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC), has been appointed to the Fundraising Institute Australia board of directors. Alan is also FIA’s 2019 National Young Fundraiser of the Year.

“We’re pleased to welcome Alan to the board of directors of FIA. At just 29, he has accomplished a great deal in his eight years in the sector. The FIA board of directors is looking at ways to encourage more young people to consider fundraising as a career and Alan is perfectly placed to help us with this. His insights, experience and advice will help guide the vision and strategic opportunities for FIA in this space,” said Chair James Garland.

With fundraising expertise in the education, health and humanitarian sectors, Alan started his career at 21 as the Philanthropy Council Manager at Queensland’s Bond University. He also worked in fundraising, marketing and communications roles at Oxfam and Mater Foundation in Brisbane before becoming the Fundraising Manager at Melbourne-based ASRC in 2017.

During his time in fundraising, Alan has developed successful program activity resulting in impressive growth for the organisations he has worked for. At ASRC, he has overseen 42% year-on-year growth.

On the board, Alan will work on initiatives to encourage more young people to come into the fundraising sector and offer guidance to younger members in the community about their careers. He will also champion FIA’s vision and mission in Victoria. “I’m excited to be joining the FIA board of directors at this time. I’m keen to see more support for younger fundraisers especially around mentoring and encouraging more young people to come into the profession,” he said.

Alan is also interested in developing a more diverse fundraising sector. “I want to see the fundraising sector truly reflect the multicultural society that Australia has become. I’m keen to work with FIA CEO Katherine Raskob, Chair James Garland and other board members to find ways to do this.”

Alan is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and sits on the Victorian FIA State Committee. He also sits on the Melbourne Queer Film Festival board of directors and the fundraising and marketing subcommittee of Plan International’s board of directors. He holds a Master’s in International Relations (Business) from Bond University.

Alan replaced Ben Holgate, General Manager – Strategic Fundraising at MS Research, who is stepping down from the FIA board of directors.

#MeToo & fundraising

The fundraising think tank Rogare recently published the first outputs from its project to explore gender issues in fundraising. The project is led by Caoileann Appleby, Strategy Director at Irish creative agency and Rogare associate member, Ask Direct.

“Gender in fundraising is an issue that had been simmering for many years before the #MeToo movement and the scandals of the Presidents Club fundraising dinner and Oxfam’s safeguarding failures caused it to boil over,” says Caoileann. “Now there is evidence from the USA that something like 25% of female fundraisers have been subjected to sexually inappropriate behaviour. It is clear that as a profession we urgently need to tackle gender issues and work to improve how we protect and develop all fundraisers. Not only for our benefit, but also for our organisations and beneficiaries.”

The project will clarify relevant terms and collate and analyse existing ideas and theories. Rather than wait to produce a final report, the project aims to publish bite-sized pieces of information on Rogare’s Critical Fundraising blog as and when they are completed. The first posts define key terms and examine sexual harassment and violence.


Pioneers in Australian ethical investment, UCA Funds Management (UCAFM) is rebranding as U Ethical. UCAFM has a 34-year record of competitive ethical investment, positive community impact, and influencing positive change. U Ethical has ambitious growth targets for the next five years.

As one of the few Australian social enterprises in investment management, U Ethical will continue to avoid harmful industries and practices, while actively investing in positive outcomes for communities and the planet. At the heart of U Ethical’s growth strategy is a vision to invest in a sustainable future, influence and support companies with positive impacts, advocate for social change, and provide support and funds to the community.
U Ethical is also committed to advocacy and, through its partners, has contributed to a push for regulation on predatory lending practices, restrictions on credit card use for online gambling, and called for greater scope in the Banking Royal Commission.

In relation to the Banking Royal Commission, Chief Investment Officer James Cook said: “We believe the remit of the enquiry was too narrow and should have been broadened to include unscrupulous payday lenders…The final report was light on addressing remedies for consumers from irresponsible lending and in certain circumstances, an obligation to forgive debt might encourage better compliance.”

Most of U Ethical’s surplus goes back into its grants program which puts funds back to where they are most needed. It has made $58 million in charitable grants since 1995. In recent years, U Ethical partially funded reconciliation and covenanting programs with indigenous people, disability inclusion, inter-cultural programs, as well as community outreach and advocacy programs. It has almost 5,000 ethically minded investors in Australia, including more than 600 charities.

U Ethical CEO Mathew Browning noted, “As UCAFM, we have influenced, funded and invested in social and environmental change. As U Ethical, we plan to widen the scope of how and where we can invest in the future.”

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Giving Hope book

Authors of Giving Hope Peter Dalton (right) and Rob Roe with contributing writer Tanya Carter.

GIVING HOPE: New book on fundraising

Working with fundraising executives and teams in for-purpose organisations across a wide range of causes, countries and sectors, Peter Dalton kept discovering the same thing in each organisation –six fundraisers’ dilemmas. Further investigation revealed that the root cause of these dilemmas was in the structure of those organisations – a structure that hindered fundraising and diminished its role.

Having identified the problem, the founder of Fundraising Futures and the 2016 Arthur Venn Fundraiser of the Year turned to organisational guru Robinson Roe to help solve it. Peter and Rob wrote Giving Hope: The Journey of the For-Purpose Organisation and Its Quest for Success, with marketing communications and fundraising professional, Tanya Carter, contributing a chapter on ‘Profit with Purpose’.
Together they provide solutions for the six dilemmas with case studies from Plan International, Mater Foundation and Oxfam.

“In writing this book we are endeavouring to give you hope that you can achieve far more than you can imagine in making the world a better place for all,” write the authors.

So what are the six dilemmas? Here’s a preview:

  1. The Staff Turnover Dilemma
  2. The Cost Ratio Dilemma
  3. The Tied Funding Dilemma
  4. The Product or Hope or Misery Dilemma
  5. The Crowded Market Dilemma
  6. The Pecking Order Dilemma

Giving Hope is available in hard copy, as an e-version or as individual chapters at Palgrave MacMillan,, and from Amazon.



Australian tech startup Dataro has launched the country’s first machine-learning platform for not-for-profits, using state-of-the-art technology to help NFPs increase fundraising returns and eliminate wastage.

“Machine learning already touches our lives in so many ways, but NFPs have lagged behind the commercial sector when it comes to adopting this powerful technology,” Dataro CEO Dr Tim Paris said. “Our purpose is to drive more efficient fundraising, and we do that by giving NFPs access to the best predictive tools and technology to help them improve donor engagement and ultimately raise more funds for their cause.”

Dataro is assisting more than half a dozen NFPs with upcoming appeals and fundraising campaigns. “We’ve had great results so far and we’re really proud of the work we’ve done with organisations like Greenpeace, where our results showed a 10% reduction in donor churn in a controlled experiment,” Dr Paris said.

The machine-learning approach takes into account hundreds of different factors and can spot trends that are invisible using more simplistic methods. Dataro’s platform provides predictions about what donors are likely to do next, generating ‘propensity scores’ for every donor on the organisation’s database. This helps NFPs contact the right donor, with the right message, at the right time. NFPs can upload data extracted from their CRM using a simple drag and drop interface to access advanced analytics and insights, and to download target campaign lists with scores for every donor.

Dataro’s platform includes on-demand propensity modelling for several common fundraising campaign types, including attrition reduction, regular giving upgrades and one-off giving, such as appeals. The ability to predict the best candidates for reactivations, conversions to regular giving, major giving and bequests are also in the pipeline.

Dataro is offering a subscription model with no contract terms or cancellation periods.

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It’s undeniable. Our world is undergoing unprecedented disruption and change. New opportunities for lasting human progress are everywhere, but so is the risk of slipping backward. In every corner of the earth there are shining examples of global activism, while at the same time there is a growing trend of social, political and environmental injustices. We have a whole range of proven solutions for social impact and people like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Greta Thunberg stepping forward to lead the change.

New ways of working together have seen a whole new generation of social movements and community activism take root worldwide. From #MeToo to #BlackLivesMatter, to Extinction Rebellion, to the students’ strike for climate change, grassroots movements can organise and create social impact quickly and effectively using digital tools.

But with the rise of national populism, climate change and divisions in society, as well as other challenges, there has never been a more important time for our community to act. That’s what fundraisers and changemakers from around the world will do when they come together at IFC 2019, the leading international fundraising conference, taking place 15-18 October in The Netherlands.

IFC 2019 connects fundraisers and changemakers everywhere who want to make the world a better place, so that they can share their learning and create new ways to make an impact. This year our community will come together to channel our talents, passions and energy into decisive, meaningful action.

Together, we will explore specific actions we can take to build a more just and thriving future. We will take everything we’re learning – about fundraising, strategy, leadership, digital and scientific innovation, and so much more – and turn it into actionable plans.

When you join the IFC, you too will become an integral part of a global movement, able to reach and connect with thousands of likeminded social impact pioneers who are also working to solve the most challenging issues facing our world today.

Join us for IFC 2019 by visiting


GoFundMe launches new feature

The new feature makes it easier for Australians to donate to and raise funds for their favourite charities, and for Australian charities to engage prospective donors and unlock the power of social fundraising.

Donations can now be received and disbursed directly to eligible charities through the PayPal Giving Fund, a public ancillary fund and charity registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission. GoFundMe’s 0% platform fee has also been expanded to include charity campaigns.

Rob Solomon, the CEO of GoFundMe, said: “We are committed to making online fundraising even more seamless and secure for our giving community. Having helped thousands of charities fundraise more effortlessly since we introduced the same feature in the US and UK, we are excited to now bring it Down Under, to provide the same level of ease for our Australian users.”

PayPal Giving Fund Australia Director, Elaine Herlihy, said: “Our research shows that the way Australians are supporting their chosen charities is changing. As consumer purchasing and payment behaviours become more digitised, the path to making a donation is becoming more and more seamless. The PayPal Giving Fund integration into GoFundMe extends the PayPal Giving Fund’s commitment to enable Australians to donate to the causes they care about in a frictionless and secure manner.”

Since its launch into Australia in 2016, more than two million Australians have donated to GoFundMe campaigns and over $200 million has been donated to support inspiring and worthy causes.


A radio campaign urging people to go alcohol-free for Dry July has taken both the Gold and Silver Awards at the 15th annual 2019 Siren Awards. The ‘Ducking Autocorrect’ campaign, created by Clemenger BBDO Sydney and creatives Ben Clare and Celia Mortlock, used the idea of avoiding embarrassing autocorrect fails when drunk texting people to humorously encourage people to take part in Dry July.

Since 2008, more than 160,000 Australians have participated in Dry July, raising $37 million for people affected by cancer and funding projects at more than 75 cancer organisations.

BWM Dentsu and Cox Inall Change took the Siren Client Award for their ad ‘Bill Bowelly’ for Bowel Cancer Australia.

The Siren Awards are run by Commercial Radio Australia to encourage excellence and creativity in radio advertising. They are judged by a panel of creative directors and producers from leading advertising agencies around the country.

“These awards are a great reminder of the ability of radio to cut through and create a strong impact on listeners,” said CRA Chief Executive Officer Joan Warner.

The winners were selected from hundreds of entries throughout 2018 and 2019. The winner of the Gold Siren receives automatic entry into the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.


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