The Fundraising Institute of Australia (FIA) has announced that Meredith Dwyer would be stepping up as newly appointed chair of the FIA Board of Directors in February 2020. Dwyer joined the Board of Directors in 2018. Dwyer is a digital fundraising expert with more than 25 years experience, director of the Brisbane-based consulting firm, HomeMade Digital Australia and current Arthur Venn Fundraiser of the Year. This award is given to an outstanding fundraiser who has demonstrated consistent excellence and ethical best practice throughout their career.

“Meredith is highly regarded in the local and overseas fundraising community. She brings a wealth of experience to the board, which will be incredibly valuable for the sector. She has a passion for ethical best practice and driving innovation and sustainability in fundraising,” said James Garland, the outgoing chair.

“It’s an honour to chair the board,” said Dwyer. Having raised $130 million for a variety of causes in the last eight years, she arrives with an impressive history. Dwyer is looking forward to working with colleagues to demonstrate the impact and importance of fundraisers for vulnerable communities.

At HomeMade Digital Australia, Dwyer works with non-profits globally. The company helps charities to create engaging and integrated supporter experiences to further outreach and raise funds. Meredith Dwyer is also a breast cancer survivor and co-founder of Amazon Heart, a global peer support program for breast cancer survivors. Amazon Heart gives breast cancer survivors spectacular road trips across the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia on motorbikes. The group also undertakes other adventures such as building homes and schools in impoverished communities around the world and conquering mountains such as the 2000 metre summit of Mt Hope.

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