Brisbane-based Associate Professor Wendy Scaife has been honoured with a lifetime achievement award for her distinguished career accomplishments and voluntary contributions to the professional fundraising sector.

Wendy Scaife is associate professor and director with the Queensland University of Technology and leader of QUT’s Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies (ACPNS), and social purpose research leader with QUT’s Centre for Future Enterprise. She was honoured with the Arthur Venn Lifetime Achievement Award at an online ceremony on Friday organised by Fundraising Institute Australia (FIA), the peak body for professional fundraisers.

The Arthur Venn Award, formerly awarded to the fundraiser of the year, was changed by FIA in 2021 to become a lifetime achievement award and Wendy is the first-ever recipient. The award honours Australian fundraising pioneer, the late Arthur Venn, and recognises a fundraiser for their accomplishments in fundraising, long-standing service to the sector, FIA and other causes.

Katherine Raskob, FIA CEO, says that through her research, Wendy has guided sector leaders in “successful and ethical best-practice fundraising that enables them to reach more beneficiaries. She is a shining example to the sector for her compelling research, best-practice methods and consistent excellence in her leadership of ACPNS and is most deserving of the Arthur Venn Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Ms Raskob.

Wendy Scaife has worked in, researched, studied and taught philanthropy and fundraising for three decades and is a well-respected presenter internationally on these topics. Her 19 years of work at ACPNS spans the cause-giver spectrum, including national project leadership of the Giving Australia report, book chapters on giving in Australia, and a comparative study of fundraising across 26 countries. She led a 10-year research partnership with the Perpetual, Corbould and Gluyas Foundations on aspects of planned versus spontaneous giving.

Wendy is also a highly regarded professor of fundraising subjects, research and practice, and a respected mentor who supports students’ learning and career development. She has supplied professional development to thousands of ACPNS students, FIA members, community participants, board members and others wishing to work in the non-profit sector. At ACPNS, she leads the team who predict the skills non-profit managers will need, training needs of next-generation philanthropists, millennials and giving, the future of non-profit, philanthropy, social and purpose-driven enterprises and more.

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