March was a busy month, with The Fish Chick presenting three different presentations at two conferences. The Collins & Co Not-for-profit Conference was held at the MCG on 15th March and the inspiring Susan Alberti AC was the keynote speaker.
Bianca’s two presentations, The Power of People and Key Tools for Small Charity Success, were well received and some attendees provided some really lovely feedback.
Excellent presentation Bianca. Many thanks. Your clarity and relaxed style makes it a pleasure to listen to you.
The Fish Chick was thrilled to here Sue speak about respect, responsibility and making a difference. And as a successful businesswoman and philanthropist, Sue told her story of passion, generosity and an incredible ability to take on the seemingly impossible and triumph.
Bianca was also later both delighted and honoured to meet Sue in person, and, as a fellow Western Bulldogs fan, have her sign a copy of her biography, The Footy Lady.
The Fish Chick recently presented at the 2018 Fundraising Institute’s conference in Sydney as part of the Toolbox track.
Her presentation was a practical session that delved into the key components of a fundraising strategy – a key document that every organisation needs.
The 8am session attracted a room full of eager participants ready to learn and early feedback has been very positive:
I attended your session on at FIA 2018 and wanted to say how much I enjoyed it. There was a lot to take in given the time available but it was choc-full of useful tips and a simple guide, which I plan to use as a framework as I build our own FR strategy.
Fundraising strategy is a topic that comes up as you know at every conference (and I have been to a few of them), but your approach really stood out for me as a way to demystify the thinking around this. Your fundraising strategy structure is so simple and practical but is still comprehensive in terms of what needs to be covered. Thank you so much for sharing.
It was great to be part of such an inspiring conference this year and big thanks to all involved in organising a fabulous program.
With Christmas a mere few weeks away, I’m wondering if anyone else has felt like it has snuck up on them? No matter how much time I have – or in the case of this year, don’t have – for Christmas shopping I always like to make the effort to make an extra donation of sorts to a children’s charity or similar.
And this year, given I’m going to be pressed for time, I think I’ve found the perfect solution to spread a little extra cheer.
Simply Giving is an online toy drive facility bringing convenience, cost-savings and appropriateness to the giving process. They do this by partnering with charities and establish a branded page to facilitate a toy drive.
The business was founded about ten years ago as a way to assist charities reduce their costs, increase their donations and increase their efficiency of getting donated gifts to those in need.
Simply Giving not only provides the digital interface for charities, they also store and coordinate the toys in their warehouse before distributing them to various locations around the country – effectively taking the logistical challenges away. This makes it super easy for donors and the organisations who now only have to deliver to families and children.
Since beginning it has facilitated the giving of over $2m worth of toys. For charities in need of sourcing toys for their beneficiaries, or donors hoping to get into the spirit of giving, you need to connect with Simply Giving.
So, this Thank You Thursday, we say howdy to the team of elves at Simply Giving for helping bring Santa into the digital age and making an otherwise busy time of the year just that little bit easier for charities.
See you in the pond,
The Fish Chick.
Earlier this year we were offered a place in the Two Feet accelerator program for social enterprises with The Difference incubator (TDi).
Wow, what a busy six months it has been and so much white-boarding! Haha! From refining our intent and theory of change, to identifying key the challenges of our client-base so we can better work with small charities. As the course comes to an end it has been nice to reflect on the experience.
In addition to learning from the expert presenters and business coaches, it was wonderful to connect with other social entrepreneurs and relate to their experiences too.
As part of the program we’ve developed a new initiative that will help connect and better support small charities across Australia. We hope to launch this in early 2018, so stay tuned. Exciting times ahead!
Last week, The Fish Chick was in Perth to present at the Fundraising Institute’s WA Fundraising Forum.
With almost half of all philanthropic income for non-profits coming from individuals, the presentation delved into the importance of caring for our donors. Titled Devoted to your Donors, it focused on cultivation, stewardship and acknowledging those that invest the most in us, to ensure they continue to support into the future.
Sharing some key tips on donor engagement and useful examples, Bianca provided encouragement and inspiration for the room full of enthusiastic fundraisers.
Bianca was delighted to be part of a great learning and networking event and enjoyed hearing about both the achievements and challenges of charities in the west.
Chilli Beach is a really remote location in north Queensland, which takes two days of driving mostly on dirt tracks to get to from Cairns. It’s part of the coastline of Cape York Peninsula and could possibly be one of Australia’s most polluted beaches. What is most shocking, though perhaps, is that the rubbish there is not left from beach-goers because there are not many people that visit this beach due to its remoteness. It is purely rubbish that has washed up on the beach from the ocean.