Fundraising Institute Australia will reunite fundraisers from around the country for the premier fundraising event of the year, FIA Conference. It will be held at the International Convention Centre Darling Harbour Sydney from 23-25 February 2022.

“Never before has connecting with our peers been more anticipated. While professional development, awarding outstanding achievements and acknowledging our generous sponsors remain fundamental, the simple act of passionate fundraisers coming together to be inspired, motivated and to learn, side by side, is key”, says FIA CEO Katherine Raskob.

In keeping with FIA’s reputation for inspirational and informative keynote speakers, FIA is delighted to announce an incredible line up for Conference 2022, including opening keynote by two-time World Para Surfing champion and bestselling author Samantha Bloom. Sam was the inspiration behind the #1 Australian box-office and international global Netflix hit movie Penguin Bloom, starring Naomi Watts playing Samantha. She works with numerous spinal cord injury charities around the world and is a global ambassador for Wings for Life.

Zoe Amar from Zoe Amar Digital will share insights on how fundraisers can prepare for a likely volatile future.

Owen Valentine Pringle from ActionAid International is addressing how civic and social organisations are needed now more than at any point since the Second World War. He’ll talk about the struggle to articulate our added value beyond the already converted, leaving elusive new audiences outside of our reach.

He will speak about how the spaces between ideologies will be civil society’s next great battleground for hearts and minds. The future of public opinion will not be governed by the use of facts to persuade, but the enlistment of feelings in order to find common ground. How might the way we engage with future supporters need to shift to accommodate this?

The program also features the founders of Orange Sky Nicholas Marchesi and Lucas Patchett who will deliver the annual Syd Herron Oration.

The Masterclasses will cover gifts in Wills, leadership, digital strategy, regular giving and donor centricity and the program is packed with over 50 sessions in the following tracks:

  • Individual Giving
  • Community, Events & Corporates
  • Middle, Major & Philanthropy
  • Emerging Issues and Global Trends
  • Leadership
  • Gifts in Wills
  • and the Fundraising How To track

The ever-popular Myth Smashers returns as well as the not-to-be-missed fundraisers’ night of nights, the Gala Awards Dinner, where we acknowledge and celebrate fundraisers and joyfully connect with a shared passion.

Nicola Long, Head of DTV Australia and FIA 2022 Conference Program Chair, says “I am so proud to be part of the FIA Conference 2022. I am humbled by the passion and commitment of the Program Committee, a team of incredibly talented fundraisers who have been tirelessly volunteering through lockdown to make sure that we are set for the best FIA Conference yet. We have worked hard to ensure we have sessions that will appeal to all levels of fundraisers, bringing emerging issues and trends from around to world to the fundamentals in the How to Track. We look forward to February when we can celebrate our successes and share our learnings as a sector, together.”

Thanks to the support of loyal long-time and new sponsors and partners, the annual conference is shaping up to be a huge success. FIA are incredibly excited about gathering in person next year though appreciate there still remains some hesitancy to register, especially from those outside NSW.

To ensure a fully-inclusive event, FIA ask fundraisers to register their interest in attending by 31 October; by doing so, FIA will reduce registration by a further $100 from the already reduced super early bird rate.

Registrations will open on 1 November so don’t miss the opportunity to finally join your peers at FIA Conference next year! For more information please visit the dedicated conference website