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Fundraising Essentials

Fundraising Essentials
 is the ‘101’ of fundraising - a big picture overview with practical tools to help you hit the ground running.

Walk away with the knowledge and skills needed to negotiate the mass of fundraising information available, and run effective fundraising programs. Meet other new fundraisers, feel part of the sector and build your networks.

Delivered by experienced tutors who are also professional fundraisers - this is the perfect opportunity for you to draw on their experience and knowledge.

This one-day course includes:

1. Fundraising in Australia

Describes the big picture of fundraising in Australia, the role of the fundraiser and latest trends.

2. Law and Order

Outlines the key legislative and ethical responsibilities of fundraisers and non-profit organisations, including the Australian Privacy Principles.

3. Motivations, Methods and More!

Explores the major reasons people give, types of fundraising programs and the role of relationship building in fundraising.

4. Tools of the Trade

Covers how to develop a case for fundraising, the Fundraising Cycle and use of data to support fundraising.

5. Your People

Explores how to use fundraising models to understand and work with donors, prospects and other supporters. 

“I think the Fundraising Essentials course covers everything a first time fundraiser needs to know and I would definitely recommend it to others. It helped me to gain a good understanding of basic fundraising principles, so I could hit the ground running in my role. It was great to learn from the knowledge and experience of someone who is actually working in the sector. The day also offered us networking opportunities with other fundraisers and it was eye-opening to hear what other charities do, and the daily struggles and triumphs they experience.

Since completing the course I feel like I have been able to implement and utilise the tools and learnings received to ensure that I act professionally, ethically and successfully as a fundraiser. Fundraising Essentials has helped my career immensely.” 

Victoria Andrews, Community Relationships Manager, Cerebral Palsy League.

Attendees also receive resources detailing key fundraising terms, where to find sector information, professional development options, and two credit units towards the Certificate in Fundraising.

Semester One 2017

To express your interest in the Fundraising Essentials course for 2017, please email

Semester One 2016

All FIA short courses have an 8.45am arrival for a 9.00am start, the day will finish at 4.30pm. 

For a venue map and further information, please click here





4 May 2016

Australian Red Cross


10 May 2016

Heart Foundation Tasmania


17 May 2016

Guide Dogs SA/NT


19 May 2016

Scripture Union Queensland


24 May 2016

VisAbility (formerly Association for the Blind of WA)


22 June 2016

Deaf Children Australia


Semester Two 2016

All FIA short courses have an 8.45am arrival for a 9.00am start, the day will finish at 4.30pm.

For a venue map, public transport and parking information please click here.





13 September 2016


Deaf Children Australia


26 September 2016

Flinders Foundation


27 October 2016


QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute


17 November 2016


Australian Red Cross

Other Locations

If you would like to express your interest in attending the Fundraising Essentials course in other cities, e.g. Hobart, Adelaide or Perth, please click here and complete the necessary information.


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Full participation in the Fundraising Essentials course is applicable for up to 7.5 continuing education points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.