It’s been a sombre start to the year.
The end of January is here and for many Australians it’s been a difficult start to the year. With bushfires still present in many parts of the country, we continue to see images of despair and sadness. However, among the tragedy is hope – with so many stories of huge fundraising success, generous donations globally, personal sacrifice from volunteer firefighters and much more.
Amongst all the tragedy and loss, we can see true humanity in action which is quite humbling. After all, that’s why we’re all in this non-profit world, isn’t it? To see and create change? Here’s to a 2020 full of more generosity and positive change.
Also this month, as we do each January, we celebrate the 9th birthday of Fish Community Solutions. In lieu of a celebration this year, we will be marking this anniversary by making a donation to the bushfire relief.
The 2019 Scholarship was our most competitive yet, with more than a dozen applications being received. The results of the 2019 Fish Scholarship are in and we are delighted to announce this year’s winner as Bridget Staude of Teach Learn Grow.
As our newest Fish Scholar, Bridget has won the opportunity to complete the Fundraising Institute of Australia’s Fundraising Essentials course. Congratulations Bridget!
Teach Learn Grow aims to improve the educational outcomes and aspirations of rural and remote students in socioeconomic disadvantaged areas so that they can reach their full potential. They do this by recruiting and training volunteers to provide free tutoring and mentoring – predominantly online – to young people experiencing educational disadvantage.
Bridget has recently taken on the role of CEO after working for a number of years as a teacher in rural WA.
“As a former volunteer of the organisation, I have seen first-hand the powerful impact it can have, and as the CEO I hope to support the continued growth and sustainability of the programs,” Bridget said.
“I hope to increase my knowledge of how the Australian fundraising sector is regulated, how data should be collected, and various fundraising channels and strategies,” she said.
Fish Community Solutions’ Director, Bianca Crocker, is excited about the Fish Scholarship’s first winner from Western Australia.
“Bridget’s application showed her passion for education of young people, but also an enthusiasm to learn more herself in ways that can really help their organisation,” Ms Crocker said.
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.
Are you a regional non-profit looking for a great conference you don’t have to travel for?
The Fish Chick will be speaking at this year’s Collins & Co Conference ‘Empowerment Through Knowledge’ in Melbourne on 14 March — and the best part is all session are available via video streaming.
Keynote speakers for 2019 include Dr Gary Johns, Commissioner of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission and Walter Mikac, Founder of the Alannah & Madeline Foundation.
Register by Friday 22 February 2019 and take advantage of the Early Bird pricing.
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 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.