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.
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 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.