FundraisingForce will be working with clients in Sydney and Melbourne this week before attending the Fundraising Institute Australia #FIAConf2016. We hope you are registered for the conference and we look forward to seeing you there!
CFRE International announced four new Australians have received their Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) credential.
Fundraising Institute Australia (FIA) have a CFRE Study Group, which meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month, to coach fundraisers through the application and exam process. The CFRE Study Group meets to review text in a “book club” format where participants read text and participants are assigned to lead the discussion for various chapters. To date, nearly 100% of the participants have passed the exam on the first attempt.
The next CFRE Study Group kicks off on 27 January. If you are interested in participating, sign up by contacting Stephen Mally by email or call (04) 3050 0524.
Congratulations to the newest CFREs from Australia. We are a growing number and will welcome anyone to our study group in the New Year. Make CFRE a personal and professional goal in the New year!
Charities are dependant on a constituency. Some charities have a built-in constituency and others are not as fortunate to have such a natural constituency. Examples of built-in constituencies include:
- Grateful patients for a hospital
- Students for a school or university
- Members for a museum or cultural institution
- Clients and family members for a charitable organisation
Last week, the Fundraising Institute Australia NSW CFRE Study Group met in preparation for the CFRE exam this spring/early summer. CFRE International certifies experienced fundraising professionals aspiring to the highest standards of ethics, competence and service to the philanthropic sector. A group of individuals in NSW and elsewhere are currently studying together for the exam. During this month’s discussion, we talked about constituencies of our organisations. Those from the Salvation Army talked about the very broad-based constituency of the Salvation Army, including the general public, former recipients of their vast services, and others who are grateful to the Salvos for the superb programming offered. A participant from an area hospital talked about the hospital’s grateful patients and family/friends of patients, which are part of their built-in constituency. She also discussed the fact of members of the general public giving to this great hospital because the hospital offers superior medical service to the community. In one sense, those in the community may not use the hospital, but want to support it because it is in their “back yard”.
Some say that we as fundraisers are more attracted to work for charitable organisations with natural constituencies than we are to work for organisations where a natural constituency is lacking.
What are your charitable organisation’s constituencies? Do you work for an organisation which has a built-in constituency or have you had to work to build a constituency more from scratch? Tell us how you build your constituencies and how you work with existing natural constituencies to increase their level of engagement. Please let me hear from you. Join the conversation below.
Stephen Mally, CFRE, has been named Deputy Chair of the Fundraising Institute Australia Conference 18-20 February 2015 in Brisbane.
“The FIA Conference is our sector’s premier professional development conference in Asia-Pacific and I am honoured to be working with Lesley Ray and the FIA staff to create a superb conference experience for attendees. This year’s conference will be packed with master classes, breakout sessions, suppliers, and social events”, Stephen Mally said.
Mark your diaries to attend FIA Conference 18-20 February at the Brisbane Convention Centre.