At the 2019 Fundraising Institute of Australia (FIA) conference, during the 20th AGM, our own Fish Chick was elected as a Fellow of the Institute.
Election as a Fellow is a professional honour that is awarded following intense peer review and careful consider by the FIA Board of Directors. Fellowship recognised the achievements of an FIA member in their drive to be an outstanding fundraising professional.
“This is a wonderful honour, and quite humbling, to be recognised in this way by my peers,” said Bianca.
FIA Chairman, James Garland, and CEO, Katherine Raskob, presented Bianca with her certificate, as pictured above.
Designed specifically for the non-profit sector, the conference features expert speakers & topics that are relevant to all small and medium sized NFP organisations and provides the opportunity to network with you peers, other non-profit professionals and suppliers.
The Fish Chick at the 2018 Collins & Co Not-for-Profit Conference.
The Fish Scholarship celebrated its 5th year in 2018 and we are thrilled to announce this year’s winner as Julia Brockhausen of Health Consumers NSW.
Julia has won a place in the Fundraising Institute of Australia’s Fundraising Essentials course. Congratulations Julia!
Health Consumers NSW represents the interests of patients, carers and their families in NSW. They believe in shaping a health system that listens to, respects, partners with and values health consumers
As the organisation’s highly experienced Communications Officer, Julia is perfectly placed to have a significant impact on the organisation’s future funding.
“I have been involved in fundraising but it has never been my main focus. As such, I feel hesitant getting HCNSW fundraising efforts off the ground and started. The scholarship will provide me with the kick and knowledge to get started,” Julia said.
“It would open a third source of income for our charity and this would enable us to provide more training scholarships for patients, their families and carers who want to get involved in changing health in NSW for the better,” she said.
Fish Community Solutions’ Director, Bianca Crocker, is looking forward to seeing the progress and change Julia can affect in her organisation after being awarded the Fish Scholarship.
“The judging panel were very impressed with Julia’s application. I am confident with her 15 years experience in communications behind her, and the training the Fundraising Essentials Course provides, Julia will improve the success of Health Consumers NSW and outcomes for patients, their families and carers in New South Wales,” Ms Crocker said.
The Fish Chick was thrilled to recently receive her re-certification with her Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential, joining 6,000 other fundraising professionals around the world that hold the CFRE designation.
Individuals granted the CFRE credential have met a series of standards set by CFRE International which include tenure in the profession, education, demonstrated fundraising achievement and a commitment to service to not-for-profit organisations. They have also passed a rigorous written examination testing the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of a fundraising executive, and have agreed to uphold Accountability Standards and the Donor Bill of Rights.
“The CFRE credential was created to identify for the public and employers those individuals who possess the knowledge, skills and commitment to perform fundraising duties in an effective and ethical manner,” said Jim Caldarola, CFRE, Past Chair of CFRE International.
“As the certification is a voluntary achievement, the CFRE credential demonstrates a high level of commitment on the part of Bianca Crocker to herself, the fundraising profession, and, the donors who are served”
CFRE recipients are awarded certification for a three-year period. In order to maintain certification status certificants must demonstrate on-going fundraising employment and fundraising results, and continue with their professional education. Employers and donors who work with CFRE’s know they are getting a professional who is committed to the best outcomes for their organization and has the requisite knowledge and skills.
CFRE International is an independent organisation dedicated to the certification of fundraising executives by setting standards in philanthropic practice. Governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and led by a small professional staff, CFRE International consistently meets the highest standards for certification excellence and is itself accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) under the ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 standard for personnel certification programs.
Here at Fish Community Solutions we were most excited to learn the seven charities they have chosen are not your usual well-known organisations, but are small charities! What a great opportunity for publicity for these little organisations.
From the Royal Family’s website:
“Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle are incredibly grateful for the goodwill shown to them since the announcement of their engagement and are keen that as many people as possible benefit from this generosity of spirit. The couple have therefore asked that anyone who might wish to mark the occasion considers making a donation to one of seven organisations they would like to support, reflecting their shared values.”
Here’s a little more information on these organisations;
The Children’s HIV Association (CHIVA) supports children growing up with HIV and their families, across the UK and Ireland. The charity aims to enhance the wellbeing of children and young people with HIV and to create a more hopeful and optimistic future for them, ensuring they achieve their greatest potential.
Crisis is the national charity for homeless people. The charity helps people directly out of homelessness, working side by side with thousands of people each year to help them rebuild their lives and leave homelessness behind for good.
Myna Mahila Foundation is a charity which empowers women in Mumbai’s urban slums, by providing them with a trusted network, where they are supported professionally and personally to help them grow as individuals and businesswomen. Myna offers women from these communities stable employment close to their homes, and breaks taboos around menstrual hygiene by offering women access to low cost sanitary pads and accurate information at their doorstep. Providing mothers in the community with these products helps them equip their daughters to stay in school. The pads are manufactured and distributed by women from these communities. The charity also empowers its staff through training in women’s health, English, Math, and life skills such as self-defence.
Scotty’s Little Soldiers is the charity for bereaved Armed Forces children. Inspired by the experience of war widow Nikki Scott, the charity offers vital support to children who have lost a parent while serving in the British Armed Forces.
StreetGames uses sport to change lives across the UK, helping people and communities to become healthier, safer and more successful. StreetGames uses sport to empower young people to kick-start a cycle of positive change in their own lives that resonates across their communities.
The Wilderness Foundation UK promotes the benefits and enjoyment of wild nature. Through the great outdoors, the charity helps build resilience in vulnerable teenagers, introduces rural employment to urban youth, and brings science to life.
From the website:
“Prince Harry and Ms. Markle do not have any formal relationships with the charities chosen. The couple have chosen charities which represent a range of issues that they are passionate about, including sport for social change, women’s empowerment, conservation, the environment, homelessness, HIV and the Armed Forces. Many of these are small charities, and the couple are pleased to be able to amplify and shine a light on their work.”
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