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FIA Conference National Scholarship

National Scholarship proudly sponsored by



Aimed at improving fundraising skills in small charities.

The FIA Conference National Scholarship provides an opportunity for FIA Members to attend the conference, when they would otherwise not have the opportunity to due to financial means. The scholarship has been introduced to help improve fundraising skills in small charities and not-for-profits within Australia. 

A scholarship will be provided to one member from each state and territory (8 total) to attend the 2017 FIA Conference in the Gold Coast. The scholarship covers the cost of a full FIA Conference registration (valued at $1,345). Flights and accommodation are not included.

The scholarship candidate must:

  • Be a member of Fundraising Institute Australia.
  • Your organisation must have a fundraising revenue* of less than $500,000.
  • Provide an endorsement letter from their organisation’s CEO stating benefits/likely outcomes of attending the conference.
  • Have completed the scholarship application form, summarising the reasons he/she feels qualified to receive a scholarship and providing a brief history of professional fundraising experience.
  • Must not have attended the FIA Conference within the past 5 years.

2017 Scholarship Recipients

Thank you to all those who applied for the scholarship this year, we had a record number of applications this year, all of which were of a very high standard and the judges’ task was not easy.

Congratulations to the 2017 scholarship recipients:

  • ACT - Nikki Hogan MFIA, Pegasus Riding for the Disabled
  • NT – Emma Host AMFIA, Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities
  • QLD – Helen Turner AMFIA, St Laurence’s College
  • SA – Angela Gordon MFIA, Trees for Life
  • VIC – Laura Crump AMFIA, Fitted for Work

2016 National Scholarship Recipients

The FIA Conference National Scholarship was introduced in 2016 as a way to help advance fundraising skills in small charities and not-for-profits within Australia. Its inaugural year saw a number of outstanding applications, see what our 2016 recipients Ana Davy AMFIA and Jennifer Saibu MFIA had to say about their experiences at the 2016 Conference.


*Fundraising revenue is considered income that has been raised by the fundraising team / fundraiser via fundraising programs, in other words it is income derived from charitable giving. Therefore, by its nature it excludes government grants, investments, fee for service, interest etc.

The Joan and Ted Flack Scholarship

This year's scholarship is proudly supported by

Congratulations to the 2017 scholarship recipient

  • Joshua Lawrence MFIA, Conquer Cancer

FIA Queensland offers scholarships to
one FIA QLD member per year for a full registration (excluding Masterclass) to attend the annual FIA Conference. The Scholarship is designed to provide educational opportunities to early career (less than 5 years in the industry) fundraisers to grow their knowledge and level of fundraising practice; provide encouragement to them to pursue a career in the field; and deliver benefits to their non-profit organisation and through them the wider community.

The scholarship is aimed to support early career fundraisers, particularly those from organisations that may not have the financial resources to attend the FIA Conference. The successful applicant will be required to give a short presentation at an FIA Breakfast meeting in the following 12 months to outline what they gained from the opportunity and how it was applied to their organisation/career.

The Joan and Ted Flack Scholarship honours the incredible contribution of both Joan and Ted to fundraising and to FIA. Their combined experience has contributed to the growth of fundraising, organisations, the advancement of the industry and the development of fundraiser knowledge.

Mandatory selection criteria include:

  • Must be a financial member of FIA.
  • Early Career Fundraiser ie. Less than 5 years in a fundraising role.
  • At least 50% of the applicant’s time is devoted to fundraising in a non-profit organisation.
  • Applicant is responsible for all costs beyond the scholarship of one conference registration fee.
  • Applicant must agree to give a verbal report on their attendance, key lessons learned and implemented at an FIA Breakfast meeting in the 12 months following the Conference.
  • The Scholarship must be repaid in full if the winner does not attend the Conference in the year of the Award.


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