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The Fish Chick’s Masterclass – FIA Conference 2019

The Fish Chick (aka Bianca Crocker) will be facilitating a fundraising masterclass at the Fundraising Institute of Australia’s (FIA) 2019 Conference in Melbourne, from 27 February to 1 March.

The masterclass will focus on creating a high performance small-shop fundraising team all while focusing on the health of the small-shop and those involved.
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The 2018 Fish Scholarship Winner Announced

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.

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The Fish Chick is Re-Certified

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.

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Small charities the big winners from the Royal Wedding

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’d be well aware of the Royal Wedding!

It’s great to hear that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, have requested charitable donations instead of gifts to celebrate their nuptials.

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.

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Image: Royal Family UK website

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;

CHIVA (Children’s HIV Association)

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

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

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

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.

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Image: Royal Family UK website

StreetGames

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.

Surfers Against Sewage

Surfers Against Sewage is a national marine conservation and campaigning charity, which inspires, unites and empowers communities to take action to protect oceans, beaches, waves and wildlife.

The Wilderness Foundation UK

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.”

More Conferences and Meeting The Footy Lady

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.

FIA Conference 2018

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.