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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.

September 2016

Telephone fundraising attack from Choice unfair and unwarranted

On behalf of charitable fundraisers across Australia, FIA has written an open letter to the directors of Choice Magazine to seek an explanation for its recent attack on fellow members of the not for profit sector.

Five minutes with... Ben Cox MFIA - Queensland Director: FIA Board of Directors

I’ve been on the FIA board for...and I’ve been helping with…while on the board.

CEO Update: A sincere thanks to our volunteers

Next Monday is Labour Day in New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory and South Australia. For many of us the long weekend is a time to relax at home, enjoy valuable time with family and friends, or take a short getaway. But the real reason for Labour Day, no matter which day you mark it in your state or territory, is to honour workers for their contribution to Australia’s economy and well-being.

FIA calling for submissions to discussion paper on sector sustainability

Fundraisers are reminded that submissions regarding FIA’s sector sustainability work are due this Friday, 30 September by 5.00pm.

FIA announces winners of Arthur Venn Fundraising Leadership scholarships

Eight talented fundraisers from around Australia have been awarded FIA foundation scholarships to hone their leadership and management abilities.

FIA calls for nominations for state and territory committee elections

Proud of the fundraising profession? Want to contribute to further growth and the professionalism of the sector? Then FIA invites you to nominate for a position on the leadership team of fundraising professionals in your state or territory.

CEO Update: FIA pushes back against a campaign to remove the Do Not Call exemption for charities

Last week Channel 9 in Brisbane produced a story on charitable fundraising by telemarketing. Under attack was the exemption charities currently enjoy from having to use the Do Not Call register.

August 2016

CEO Update: Spare a thought for vulnerable donors

Today we released a discussion paper calling for feedback on how, through effective self-regulation, FIA can help secure a sustainable fundraising sector for the long term.

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