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Inaugural Fellowships Announced By Fundraise For Australia

Fundraise for Australia is excited to announce its inaugural Fellowship cohort. 20 new and emerging fundraisers from across the country have been selected to participate in a dynamic new training program starting next month which will see participants receive over 50 hours of training and be connected with the tools & opportunities that will help them supercharge their careers and deliver transformative change for their communities.

Fundraise for Australia was formed, to identify, recruit, develop, mobilise, and advocate for, as many of our nation's most promising fundraisers to help build a diverse and powerful social sector that can raise the resources needed to support and strengthen our society.

While Australia is a generous nation - currently ranked fourth in the World Giving Index, which considers three measures of generosity: financial, time, and acts of service - its rates of giving in relation to GDP are low in comparison to similar societies worldwide (0.81 per cent). The current government hopes to address this by doubling philanthropic giving by 2030, yet a critical part of that infrastructure is missing from the conversation, that being frontline fundraisers - those who build cases of support and will need to make these additional ‘asks’ to grow and secure a larger share of funding.

F4A was formed by award winning author Ryan Ginard who recently returned back to Australia after a decade working in philanthropy in the U.S. and quickly noticed the skills shortfall ahead of proposed government reform in the charitable sector. “Fundraisers have never been more in demand and that’s also why the National Skills Commission has identified fundraising is one of Australia’s fastest-growing – and also one of the best-paid – occupations.” Mr Ginard said.

Fundraise for Australia’s initial goal is to identify, recruit and train over 250 new fundraisers which will ultimately leverage an additional $35 million in charitable donations as the sector seeks to double giving by 2030. However there is a real opportunity to scale this program and its impact in partnership with other organisations in the philanthropic space.

“This program is both a jobs creator as much as it is a capacity builder for not for profit organisations nationwide. Yet, In order to take advantage of these opportunities we need inspired and engaged individuals who bring energy, creativity, and new perspectives to the sector and that what we have found in those selected for our first class of fellows.” Mr Ginard said.

This year’s Fellows include both new fundraisers with under 3 years of experience, and a range of individuals looking to pivot into the field who have come from diverse backgrounds such as digital marketing, research, and TV production, through to students looking to become fundraisers after graduating from post graduate coursework.

F4A is inspired by the approaches and outcomes of the Teach, Code and Venture For America models, of which Mr Ginard had direct exposure to while working in the U.S. All of these models are underpinned by a commitment to recruit values driven individuals to their respective fields for the betterment of society.

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