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The Arthur Venn Fundraising Leadership Scholarship

You Too Can Inspire Leadership in Australia's Not-for-Profits  

A volunteer group of experienced FIA members, The Mobys, pay tribute to Arthur Venn, a founding father of the fundraising profession in Australia, through the scholarship which supports the next generation of Australian fundraising leaders.

Arthur Venn passed away on 18th January 2013. He was a mentor to many fundraisers and a teacher who sought to build pride in those who took up fundraising as a profession. FIA recognises his contribution to fundraising in Australia with the Arthur Venn Fundraiser of the Year Award, which is presented at the FIA Conference.

The 2017 scholarship will fund course fees for seven FIA members to attend FIA’s Fundraising Change Leadership course in 2017. The scholarships will be awarded for course attendance in the states in which the course is run. FIA members from other states are encouraged to apply and a contribution of up to $400 towards travel expenses will be available for those applicants (subject to substantiation).

In 2016, the Mobys renamed the Victorian scholarship to the John Allen Fundraising Leadership Scholarship - in memory of John Allen, a respected Melbourne fundraiser who passed away in January 2016.  

The scholarships promote the importance of fundraising leadership and leadership development in the NFP sector, and establishes an ongoing mentoring process for all Arthur Venn Fundraising Leadership Scholars.

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must be a member of FIA and should have more than five years and no more than 12 years of fundraising experience.

Feedback from the 2016 Fundraising Change Leadership Course includes:

"...The generosity of the Mobys enabled me to learn from experienced and engaging industry leaders Nigel Harris and Peter Dalton, challenging me to assess and reflect on my career and aspirations. I recommend each of you to embrace the opportunities that FIA provides us all and express my gratitude for the chance to learn more about the ever-changing world of fundraising here in Australia." - Anthea Mur EMFIA

"FIA’s Fundraising Change Leadership course was an outstanding professional development opportunity. It was challenging, thought provoking and motivating. I would highly recommend this course to all senior fundraisers and management, as well as those who desire a long and successful career in fundraising." - Ashlie Marshall MFIA

2017 Arthur Venn Recipients: 

  • Christine Anderson MFIA CFRE, Head of Fundraising & Marketing - Variety-The Children's Charity of Queensland
  • Ross Verschoor AMFIA, Head of Development - Flinders Foundation
  • Jessica Bezerra EMFIA, Community Fundraising Manager - Perth Children's Hospital Foundation
  • Angela Gordon MFIA, Fundraising Manager - Trees for Life
  • Cara Morrison MFIA, Marketing Manager-Loyalty - Cancer Council NSW

2017 John Allen Recipients:

  • Veronica Gargano MFIA, Head of Direct Marketing - Austin Health
  • Sharon Elliott MFIA, National Manager - Ethiopiaid Australia Foundation 

Help Fund a Scholarship to Advance Achievement and Encourage Leadership

To make a donation to The Arthur Venn Fundraising Leadership Scholarship, please click here

Applications for the 2017 Fundraising Change Leadership Scholarship are now closed.