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January 2017

CEO Update: Welcome to 2017!

I trust you had an enjoyable break over the festive season. As you get back into the routine of work in our sector that does so much to support services to our community, please remember that FIA staff, tutors and volunteers are ready to assist you every day of the working week with professional development, learning and networking.

December 2016

CEO Update: A year in review

Well, what another busy year at FIA. One minute we are planning the year’s programs and the next thing we know the festive season is upon us. Most of us will be looking forward to a rest over the summer, enjoying time with loved ones and wondering what 2017 will bring.

November 2016

CEO Update: FIA moves to ensure no surprises to consumer law

After a challenging few weeks, I am pleased to report two positive developments on the red tape reduction front. First, the Australian Tax Office has agreed to provide specifically for our members non-binding guidance on the Commissioner’s attitude about the tax deductibility of a gift under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL). Second, red tape reduction measures will actually come into effect in South Australia from 1 December this year.

CEO Update: Spending time on the airwaves

Yesterday I went on ABC 702 Sydney’s weekend morning program to chat with presenter Simon Marnie about charity and philanthropy.

CEO Update: Is the sector facing a ‘perfect storm’?

With unions attacking from the left, the Fair Work Ombudsman from the right, consumer group ‘Choice’ rocking the boat from below, and the media raining down bad news from above, fundraisers could be forgiven for thinking they are in the midst of a ‘perfect storm.’ Read on for a snapshot of the issues we are dealing with:

Five minutes with...Allan Godfrey EMFIA: WA Director of the FIA Board

Allan Godfrey is the General Manager- Marketing for the Royal Life Saving Society Western Australia and a FIA board member since 2013. We caught up with him last week.

October 2016

CEO Update: lawsuits and investigations brewing

As you may have read in the Fairfax media or seen on ABC news over the weekend, thousands of former face-to-face charity workers are expected to join a multimillion class action against Appco Group Australia, with the workers’ lawyers alleging underpayment, sham contracting and bullying.

ACNC and FIA: New guidance for charities engaging with vulnerable people

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC), in collaboration with the Fundraising Institute of Australia (FIA), published guidance today to help guide charities that engage with vulnerable people while fundraising.

Five minutes with…Elizabeth Davis EMFIA: SA/NT Director of the FIA Board

Elizabeth Davis has more than 35 years’ experience working within the not-for-profit sector. Prior to establishing emdf Consultancy in 2006, her expertise was developed through managerial roles within the health, science, arts and disability sectors.

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