Meet the Tutors
All of our tutors are experienced fundraisers who will bring their skills and experience to the classroom to bring the course material alive. They are all passionate about the fundraising profession and are looking forward to sharing their knowledge with the fundraising leaders of tomorrow.
Australian Capital Territory
Bruno Yvanovich FFIA
Bruno has been a member of FIA for over eleven years, and has held various roles at state and national level including Chapter President and National Director and was elected a Fellow of FIA in 2010. He has held senior fundraising roles at Australian National University, Greening Australia and Australian Catholic University. Bruno has over 20 years training experience both as a presenter and in training development across many sectors. He 'retired' late last year, but continues to support the profession with various writing, training and speaking engagements.
New South Wales
Marcus Blease MFIA
General Manager, Marketing & International Programs
Cerebral Palsy Alliance
Marcus has worked as the General Manager of Marketing and International Programs with Cerebral Palsy Alliance for five years. His role encompasses fundraising, organisational marketing and international disability development. Over the five years fundraising has grown from $14m to $22m, a testament to his belief fundraising is a science. Marcus worked in similar roles for Cancer Council, the second largest fundraising charity in Australia and at the other end of the spectrum a small HIV/AIDS charity in the preceding role. He also is the Chair of the innovative social change campaign, ‘Include a Charity’ funded by 150 Australian charities to increase the number of people who leave a gift in their will.
Having worked in the Australian charity sector for the last eleven years, prior to this, Marcus made a living in the corporate sector as Head of Sales and Marketing at the Financial Times in London, which wrapped up a 14 year stint in the media sector.
Christiana Stergiou MFIA
Director, Scribbly Bark
Christiana is an independent fundraising consultant with her own company, Scribbly Bark, where she specialises in strategic fundraising planning, bequests, direct marketing and small shop fundraising.
Over the years, Christiana has worked as a senior staff fundraiser for some of Australia’s most influential nonprofits including the National Heart Foundation and Mission Australia. Christiana is the Australian ambassador for the Showcase of Fundraising Innovation and Inspiration and the Australian and New Zealand ambassador for the International Fundraising Congress. You can find out more about Christiana at www.scribblybark.com.au.
Bianca Crocker MFIA CFRE
Owner, Fish Community Solutions
Bianca was awarded the 2012 FIA Young Fundraiser of the Year award for her outstanding contribution to the profession. She started her career in advertising, but soon decided that she would be better suited to a fundraising career and moved to Whitelion in 2005. Bianca was instrumental in the set up and delivery of FIA professional development and networking events on the Gold Coast, coordinating the group for over three years, assisting delivery of almost 10 functions to Gold Coast-based fundraisers. She worked at CareFlight Rescue for 3 years before setting up her own consultancy business in 2011.
Tracey Finlay FFIA CFRE
Clare MacAdam FFIA CFRE
Partnerships, Marketing & Fundraising Manager, Junction Australia
Clare is a professional fundraiser and business communicator with more than 25 years' experience in both the corporate and not for profit sectors. She has held national roles in community welfare, environment, education and the arts, working from bases in Victoria, New South Wales, ACT, Queensland and now South Australia.
Clare has been an active member of FIA for more than 15 years (Skills presenter; MDU Faculty Member and Chair; State Executive Member and President; National Vice President; Fellows Committee member; Mentor; CFRE Study Group Coordinator). She is passionate about Relationship Fundraising and believes that genuine shared values are fundamental to success.
Clare has served on several not for profit boards and has an ongoing commitment to volunteering, alongside her professional responsibilities.
Melita Griffin MFIA
Melita has been a member of FIA for the past 8 years and is currently the FIA Tasmanian Chair. Melita also looks after the Mentoring and Membership portfolios and sits on the 2015 FIA conference committee. Melita started her career as a journalist and public relations consultant, moving over to fundraising in 1999. As well as being a Sessional Tutor and Guest Lecturer in Public Relations at Deakin University, she has worked with organisations including Surf Coast Shire (Vic), Bethany Community Support (Vic), Menzies Research Institute and Heart Foundation Tasmania. Melita has worked in senior fundraising management positions for the past 11 years and has a broad range of expertise across all fundraising products.
Melita was awarded the Telstra Young Business Women's Award in Tasmania in 2013. Most recently she was joint winner of FIA's 2014 Young Fundraiser of the Year Award.
Melita has been a tutor for FIA since 2012 and has delivered both the Certificate in Fundraising and Fundraising Essentials in Tasmania and Victoria.
Daniel Bernstein MFIA
Daniel has been an independent consultant since October 2013. Prior to this, he spent three and a half years as Training Consultant at Blackbaud. He has over 20 years experience in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors. Before moving to Australia, he worked for non-profit organisations of all sizes, as well as large corporations and small private companies. Dan’s varied background in fundraising, events management, and sales and marketing, gives him a unique perspective on our industry. He has worked with organisations in Asia-Pacific and the US and has been tasked with bringing solutions to their common data issues. Dan brings a high-energy approach to delivering training and consulting allowing colleagues to have a better understanding of their data as a tool to help them strengthen relationships with their constituents – increasing both donors and dollars.
Heiko Plange-Korndoerfer FFIA
Director, Western Australian Museum Foundation
in Social Impact.
Heiko has been a Fellow of the Fundraising Institute Australia and has represented Western Australia on the State Executive since 2010.
Margaret Haydon FFIA
Head of Philanthropy, Telethon Institute for Child Health Research
During Margaret’s fundraising and marketing career, spanning more than 25 years, she has worked in a range of sectors including education, health and welfare. She has led both large and small teams in areas ranging from annual fundraising to capital campaigns.
After an early career in religious radio and television production in Sydney, Margaret was appointed as the Foundation Director Fundraising and Marketing for the University of Notre Dame Australia. Her first major gift of $1M began a successful fundraising career, which at Notre Dame focused on major gifts.
Direct mail, annual giving and bequests were the focus of Margaret’s work at the Association of the Blind of WA. Starting with a database entry staff member the fundraising programs grew during the following nine years resulting in a large and successful annual fundraising program employing a team of nine. During this period Margaret also directed a $15 million capital campaign which won a national FIA award.
Margaret is currently managing a capital campaign for the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research. Margaret served two terms as President of FIA in WA and successfully negotiated to hold the FIA Conference, “New Frontiers” in Perth in 2008, the only time it has been held in WA. For the past nine years Margaret has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Catholic Homes Inc.