#FIAConf2014 – a reminder to focus on what’s important


This week I had the pleasure of attending #FIAConf2014, the Fundraising Institute Conference, in Melbourne. This was my first time that I have attended the conference and I found it an amazing experience. I’ve been to numerous conferences in my time and always take away something – this time the takeaway was a reminder about my personal goals and what drives me to do what I do.

During the conference I spent a lot of time talking to a people from a range of organisations – some small organisations and some very large. Their operational problems they are trying to resolve were all similar but the most interesting part was that their passion and drive was the same regardless of the size or purpose of the charity.

The highlight of the event was the Gala event and the awards. The one that touched me more than any other was the Volunteer of the Year – his story reminded me of the real values that we should uphold in our life and what we should keep front of mind every day of our life.

I’ve spent the majority of my working life working in or with Financial Services companies. I enjoyed my work but was never really satisfied with what I was doing. Over the past few years I have made a concerted effort to work with Not For Profit organisations.

I have walked away from the conference with a new sense of drive to focus on helping organisations become more effective through the use of great tools that allow them to focus on what they need to do rather than be tied up in operational ineffectiveness.

I’m already looking forward to #FIAConf2015 and I hope to see you there or talk beforehand if we can help you drive change in your organisation.