Toona Berwick

Toona Berwick
Philanthropy, Client relations


Philanthropic Fundraising for Natural and Cultural Resource Managers, post-COVID & online

Registrations are open for Conservation Management's online course in philanthropic fundraising, tailored for groups in the natural and cultural resource management space in Australia.

High-value philanthropy in Australia has launched new natural and cultural resource management at scale, funded innovation outside the scope of government programs, and supported core organisational capacity for more than 20 years.

While it isn’t an instant solution to all your challenges, and you need expert advice, plenty of effective fundraising involves common sense. This course will show you how to proceed with a philanthropic fundraising strategy, and give you practical steps you can use immediately.

We will look at how good planning and sustainable income streams support one-another to deliver your vision.  We will hear from organisations already in the space – one philanthropic and one fundraising, both committed to natural and cultural resource management in Australia.

Conservation Management is delivering the course in partnership with Roewen Wishart from Xponential.  Roewen is regarded as one of Australia’s leading fundraisers, and also has a long and deep understanding of conservation and land management in Australia.  

Conservation Management's Director of Planning and Facilitation, Stuart Cowell, will co-present with Roewen, to demonstrate how best-practice adaptive management processes link in with and support fundraising processes.

Toona Berwick will provide support between sessions, to make sure you get the most out of the teaching sessions and online resources.

This is a unique and valuable opportunity to understand the foundations of philanthropic fundraising within the context of our industry, and philanthropy's role in delivering lasting outcomes in new ways.

The course was planned to take place over two days in Adelaide in March, but we chose to cancel it due to Covid 19. Bringing it online is part of our commitment to permanently shift our practices for the better in response to the opportunity Covid presents us.  We always wanted to be a low carbon business and Covid gave us a chance to test and hone our online facilitation skills. While we love to meet the people we work with in person, we think we can still get to know you this way. And in return, participants and facilitators each get to spend two nights at home with our families instead of a hotel in Adelaide.  We each save hundreds of dollars in travel expenses and unnecessary carbon emissions.  Across twenty participants, it might add up to few thousand dollars diverted back into conservation budgets, and tons of carbon our planet just doesn’t need.  We don’t pretend this will change the world, but we firmly believe each decision to change is an important step towards creating the world we want to leave.

The course is delivered by Conservation Management, supporting best-practice land management globally, and Xponential, Australia’s big gift philanthropy specialists. You will also hear from the Karrkad Kanjdji Trust and the Australian Communities Foundation.

The Karrkad Kanjdji Trust (KKT) works with Indigenous Ranger groups in one of the most culturally rich and biodiverse regions of Australia, West and Central Arnhem Land.  Stacey Irving, KKT’s CEO, will talk about how they connect donors from across Australia to country, people and culture in remote Arnhem Land.

Australian Communities Foundation is a community of giving, powered by a courageous ambition: a fairer and more sustainable Australia. As a broker of change, they connect those who can give with the people and organisations leading the way.  Louise Kuramoto, ACF’s Head of Philanthropy & Impact, will talk about how donors engage with projects and organisations.

Online – using a combination of group Zooms, 1:1 Zooms/phone calls, and Google Classroom.

We will run four group sessions on Zoom, from 2:30pm – 5:00pm EST (to support participation from the east and west coasts), on the 28th and 29th July, and 4th and 5th August 2020.

We will also provide take-home tasks and 1:1 sessions with facilitators to support you to put learnings into practice immediately.

Please note, this course will only proceed if we have the numbers – we will contact you in the second week of July to confirm further details once we know there are enough enrolments and we look forward to seeing you there.

Click here to download a copy of the information brochure.

Click here to register.

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