Ian Potter, Westpac Foundation, Cerebral Palsy Alliance, ACF, FRRR and RSPCA among the leading nonprofits and foundations presenting at Big4 in 2019.

Registrations are now open for Big4.

Registrations are now open for one of Australia’s largest annual fundraising conferences, Big4, with the nation’s leading nonprofits and charities (including the Ian Potter Foundation, RSPCA and the Australian Conservation Foundation) set to share their insights into securing large donations.

The annual Big4 conference aims to teach fundraisers the best practice around how to source, secure and nurture big donations, grants and funding through major gifts, corporate partnerships, trusts and foundations and gifts-in-wills.

Melbourne is hosting the 2019 event, to be held across two days (23 and 24 October) at the Pullman Melbourne on the Park, which is conveniently located across the road from Jolimont train station, the MCG and the Fitzroy Gardens.

The program covers fundraising best practice, the latest industry trends and research, practical ‘how-to’ sessions, case studies and thought leadership.

Leading organisations presenting at the conference in 2019 include the Ian Potter Foundation, Westpac Foundation, Cerebral Palsy Alliance, ACF, Bennelong Foundation, FRRR, Australian Communities Foundation, Melbourne Women’s Fund, Cancer Council NSW, RSPCA, Royal Flying Doctor Service and the Art Gallery of NSW.

Here’s a sneak peek at four of the sessions announced for this year’s Big4 conference:

Trusts and foundations: How to take your regular giving to new heights

In 2009, the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal, together with the R E Ross Trust and The Yulgilbar Foundation, made a total first-year commitment of $200,000 to help establish the Education Benalla Program. The Tomorrow:Today program was spawned from this funding and is now considered a model for how community-led investment in rural communities can address inequity and inequality.

Hear from Tomorrow:Today founder Liz Chapman, as well as funder representatives Alberto Furlan, Ian Potter Foundation’s Senior Program Manager, and Ferdi Hepworth, William Buckland Foundation Grant Manager, on how philanthropy has slowly and steadily supported this project.

Learn how how to source, secure and nurture big donations at Big4

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

You will also learn how the project’s stunning results, turning around the lives of young people in rural Victoria, are building confidence in multi-year and capital funding in the philanthropic sector.

Lastly, you will hear how philanthropic support for the project is leveraging long-term government assistance.

Major gifts: ACF injects new life into major gifts program

Significantly growing major gift revenue at a leading national environmental charity has been a challenge, but the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) is now on a healthy path.

Cheryl Pultz, Director of Fundraising at ACF, will reveal how the team created a new strategy, including a strong case for support and ambitious revenue targets. In three years, major gift income increased from $800,000 to $1.9 million a year, and revenue continues to grow.

The decision was made to go back to basics, focusing on existing donors and newly qualified prospects, implementing a weighted projection model and perhaps most importantly, engaging the CEO. Cheryl will inspire you to grow your major gift program by applying the same basic principles that have led to ACF’s success.

Corporate partnerships: Cancer Council NSW flies high with corporate partnerships

Cancer Council NSW (CCNSW) has traditionally been very strong with direct marketing and campaign fundraising, however had never had a focus on corporate partnerships.

In 2016, Alesha Hope, Corporate Partnerships Manager, CCNSW, was tasked with the mission of establishing a corporate partnership program. By understanding and packaging up its offering, CCNSW significantly increased annual revenue from this fundraising stream from $80,000 a year to over $1 million.

As a result, its solid partnership base now includes AMP, Westpac, Humanitix, Suncorp, Qantas Wellbeing and Newcastle Permanent.

Gifts-in-wills: RSPCA takes gifts-in-wills to the next level

Over the past few years, RSPCA Queensland has been working hard to build its gifts-in-wills program, leveraging a range of tactics to acquire bequestors and steward supporters.

Sam Abbott Head of Fundraising, RSPCA Qld, will discuss how, through a combination of direct mail, inviting supporters to events, telemarketing, providing a virtual tour of one of its animal shelters on a USB drive and a gifts-in-wills club, RSPCA Qld has managed to significantly increase its prospect pipeline and the number of confirmed bequestors.

You’ll learn the tactics RSPCA Qld is using to build its gifts-in-wills program, the results it is achieving, key learnings and examples of some of the creative used to promote the program.

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

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