Are you a grantseeker or fundraiser? Get a jump on 2020 with these great resources!

Three great resources grantseekers and fundraisers should be tapping into

Are you a grantseeker or fundraiser? This month we’re making it super easy for you to tap into some great resources that you might not know about.

Events – Past and upcoming!

Upcoming: Free grant-seeking tutorials

In 2020 we’ll be holding free quarterly tutorials for grantseekers and fundraisers where you will gain access to high-quality resources and expertise for your organisation.

If you’re looking to secure a grant for your cause or get a behind-the-scenes look at what donors in your area are doing, this tutorial is for you. The tute allows you to view the QUT Community Collection for grant-seekers, fundraisers and philanthropists and shows you how to use the world’s leading grant-seeking database, the Foundation Directory Online. QUT is the only institution in the Southern Hemisphere to host this unique collection. We thank the experts at Strategic Grants for being the volunteer tutorial facilitators and helping real dollars to flow to attendees!

2020 dates include 7 Feb, 1 May, 7 Aug and 6 Nov (dates yet to be confirmed).

To register your interest, email acpns@qut.edu.au – but be quick, bookings fill up very quickly!


Past: Grantseeking workshops

Access free video recordings of the grantseeking workshops held at The Power of Community Conference*. These valuable workshops will give you insights and practical take-aways on improving engagement with your stakeholders and fulfilling your mission. Topics include:

Telling Tales with a Purpose: Using

Organisational Storytelling to Raise Funds, presented by Dr Anne Lane (QUT)

Why Empathy Helps you Fundraise Better, presented by Dr Ruth Knight (ACPNS)

How to Find Grants and Write Winning Grant Applications, presented by Dr Anne Lane, Jo Garner (Strategic Grants), Georgia Stafford (Gambling Community Benefit Fund), Dr Alex Williamson (ACPNS)

We will also be releasing other recordings from the conference, all designed to impart insights, strategies and tools to support community organisations. Keynotes include Strategies to Craft Your Story and The Role of Resilience. Other workshop topics include Marketing, Governance and Volunteer Management.

While the recordings are yet to be released, we encourage you to register your interest by emailing acpns@qut.edu.au. The links to recordings will be sent to you in the New Year as they are released. 

* The Power of Community Conference celebrates and builds on the impact our community organisations are having across Queensland. Grassroots organisations have a long history of bringing about positive social change, connecting people and building stronger, more resilient communities. To celebrate this, and as part of its 25th anniversary celebrations, the Queensland Government’s Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF) and ACPNS partnered to present the conference in November 2019.


Past: FIA/ACPNS Alumni Anniversary Breakfast

If you’re looking for some great intel and direction for your 2020 strategy, then this podcast is for you!

QUT’s 2019 Outstanding Business Alumni Winner and one of Australia’s most senior and respected philanthropic leaders, Caitriona Fay (Head of Community and Social Investments at Perpetual Limited), presented the FIA/ACPNS Alumni Anniversary Breakfast address in November 2019. A panel of colleagues also added their views, including Cameron Prout, General Manager, Fundraising at Uniting Care; and Meredith Dwyer, Director, HomeMade Digital Australia and 2019 winner of the Arthur Venn Fundraiser of the Year Award. Pick up some great tips for your fundraising!

Access the recording via our podcast page

Tools and publications

We know fundraising and grantseeking. We’ve been researching both topics for nearly two decades and before that our researchers were working in the sector and fundraising for their causes as well. So this weekend, instead of Netflix binging, snuggle up with some great reads that will make you a smarter and more compelling fundraiser.

And don’t forget to check out our great giving tools. How ‘giving’ are your neighbours? And how ‘giving’ is your occupation? Check out our giving statistics tool to find out!



Giving Australia

Giving Australia* is the largest analysis of giving and volunteering of its kind ever undertaken in this country. Its findings and insights are changing the way nonprofits operate in many areas, from governance to ethical marketing and fundraising. The knowledge base about giving and volunteering patterns and trends is also being used to support evidence-based policy development. Fundraisers and grantseekers in particular can plan and prioritise better using the findings.

*Giving Australia was commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Social Services as an initiative of the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership. It was led by the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies (ACPNS) at QUT with the Centre for Social Impact at Swinburne University of Technology and the Centre for Corporate Public Affairs.

Foundations for giving: why and how Australians structure their philanthropy

Philanthropic foundations in Australia have traditionally been labelled ‘icebergs’ – much of what they do and who they are is not apparent on the surface. Many are unknown and apart from an occasional biography, almost all are sparsely documented in terms of the very personal decisions behind establishing them. Practically and academically, scant data exist on the decision journeys people make into formalised philanthropy. Hear the voices of Australia’s philanthropists.

Defining and Accounting for Fundraising Income and Expenses

Charities’ fundraising financial transactions should be reported in the interests of accountability, and the report should be publicly available. However, research shows that at present there is little consistency in how fundraising is defined or in how such transactions are reported, and little guidance from accounting standards. Can we find a way forward? And what does it mean for your accounting practices?

A study of professional advisers in Australia

Our researchers regularly survey professional advisers to affluent Australians intermittently to seek their views and experiences around client and personal philanthropy. Why? Because professional advisers on finance, wealth management, law, accounting, taxation, estate management and beyond are an important nexus with people who have the capacity to channel significant funding into community need.

Approaches to cross-border charity in Australia and the UK

The late twentieth century witnessed the transformation of the global economy. In just two decades, cross-border philanthropy grew from approximately USD 5 billion to USD 32 billion. This report examines what this era of “philanthropic globalisation’ means for charities across the world and how Australia’s fiscal policies regarding cross-border philanthropy can affect your fundraising.

Grantmaking in a Disorderly World: The Limits of Rationalism

This article reflects on the real world relevance of rational approaches to grantmaking. Unpacking implicit assumptions of a rational approach, eight costs to foundations and their grantees are identified. The paper also considers what grantmaking for a complex and disorderly world might encompass and how and why funders need to adapt to a little discomfort.

Domestic and international grantmaking: the comfort of codes

This paper focuses on codes of practice in domestic and international philanthropic giving/grantmaking, their similarities and differences. Codes of principle and practice are interesting not so much because they accurately reflect differences in practice on the ground, but rather because they indicate what is considered important or relevant, as well as aspirational.

Fundraising and boards: be a leader and a meddler!

The old board maxim says, ‘Be a leader not a meddler’! However, in the case of board members and fundraising, meddling is wise. Why? Because the board has a responsibility and a unique opportunity to guide and support its organisation’s fundraising. Indeed, in successful nonprofit organisations fundraising is an attitude, not a department.

Who’s asking for what? Fundraising and leadership in Australian nonprofits

The nonprofit funding landscape is in flux. Many organisations are having to think differently and develop fresh skills either to enter the fundraising market or to cope better with rising competition for community and corporate support. This new reality affects boards, CEOs and fundraisers alike. Against this backdrop, our exploratory study aims to build an evidence base and spark more discussion about: – the role Australian nonprofit CEOs and boards play in supporting fundraising/development; – current engagement levels; and – perceptions of leadership in fundraising from two possibly contrasting perspectives: NP leaders (board members and CEOs); and fundraisers.

Keeping giving going: charitable bequests and Australians

The potential of bequests to contribute to the sustainability of charities is immense, with social and economic trends opening up the bequest landscape. Yet so much is unknown about how Australians think about charitable bequests – particularly about the motivations, barriers and triggers surrounding this behaviour. Do bequestors differ from other donors? What prevents good intentions from becoming good actions? Where do charities figure in this process? This study aims at a better understanding of those Australians who make a charitable bequest and those who might.

Every player wins a prize? Family provision applications and bequests to charity

This research deals with the interaction of family provision law and charitable bequests in wills, including qualitative research relating to the practical issues arising with both legal practitioners and charities’ bequest officers.


If you want to get ahead of the crowd and fine-tune your fundraising skills, these short, sharp six-week units are for you! Taught as part of the Graduate Certificate in Business (Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies), these units will give you an in-depth understanding of fundraising principles, donor expectations and what it takes to develop and evaluate compelling fundraising programs.


Fundraising Development Principles

Learn what influences fundraising/development success. Be able to apply theories of marketing, public relations, management and beyond to fundraising and development and understand the philanthropic environment and donor perspectives. Know more about whether you’re ready to win support, how to build your story, leadership, constituencies and fundraising markets in the context of good, ethical development practice.

Fundraising Development Techniques

Study techniques including capital and major gifts, special events, bequests, direct mail, telemarketing, e-fundraising, donor circles and the art of building donor relationships – and how to plan and evaluate fundraising programs.

Want to delve even deeper? The Master of Business (Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies) is designed to extend your real-world knowledge and allows you to tailor your studies for a career in fundraising or another discipline to support your research and employment goals.

Thirsting for more info? Give us a call on +61 7 3138 1020 today. You’ll be talking directly with someone here at ACPNS who can answer all your questions or email acpns@qut.edu.au and we’ll pop a student pack in the mail to you today.

“I love fundraising and philanthropy and helping charities to do better at fundraising. My mantra is encouraging philanthropy and managing fundraising. Studying at QUT has given me confidence in my learning ability and the ability to apply these learning to real-life situations.”

Margaret Scott FFIA CFRE, ACPNS alumnus and winner of the 2014 Arthur Venn Fundraiser of the Year Award

Thanks for reading! We hope you’ve gleaned some great pointers for your fundraising! And remember, there’s even more great information on our new site at https://research.qut.edu.au/australian-centre-for-philanthropy-and-nonprofit-studies


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