Pivotal people, pivotal journeys: Interim report on the impact of a fundraising study tour on CEOs and their organisations

Scaife, Wendy A., Crittall, Marie, & McDonald, Katie (2015) Pivotal people, pivotal journeys: Interim report on the impact of a fundraising study tour on CEOs and their organisations. Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland. [Working Paper]


A longitudinal qualitative study was conducted with CEOs of 12 fundraising organisations across Australia to answer the question - how mights a change in the CEO's fundraising knowledge improve fundraising activity and outcomes for their organisation?

The CEOs along with the inaugural Australian Grantmaker of the Year, Caitriona Fay from Perpetual and lead researcher Dr Wendy Scaife travelled to San Antonio, Texas, USA to attend the annual Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) conference in March 2014.

Participants identified five main success factors for such group learning initiatives about fundraising:

  • Getting away from the day to day business of running the organisation

  • Informal, social time to debrief and get to know others

  • Diversity of organisations whereby no one was in direct competition to others

  • Commitment, openness and willingness of individuals to participate

  • Group facilitation

This research has been supported by the Perpetual Foundation – Trustees Endowment, The Edward Corbould Charitable Trust, and the Samuel and Eileen Gluyas Charitable Trust under the management of Perpetual Trustee Company Ltd.

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ID Code: 87409
Item Type: Working Paper
Refereed: No
Additional Information: ACPNS Working Paper no. 67
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Keywords: Fundraising, Philanthropy, Leadership, Organisational Change, Donors, CEO, Study Tour, Experiential Learning, Community of Practice
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Accountancy
Copyright Owner: © Queensland University of Technology September 2015
Deposited On: 11 Sep 2015 03:30
Last Modified: 11 Sep 2015 03:30

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