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FIA appoints Ben Cox FFIA as chair of the FIA Board

Fundraising Institute Australia (FIA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ben Cox FFIA as the new chair of the FIA Board. The term is for three years and starts on 23 February 2023.

Ben has dedicated his career to changing the lives of others through his work in the not-for-profit sector. He has extensive experience in the sector having worked with the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation, the Cerebral Palsy League, MS Queensland, Legacy and the Gold Coast Hospital Foundation. 

Ben is a passionate advocate for the not-for-profit sector and is an experienced speaker and thinker on the design, delivery and value of effective fundraising, marketing and communications programs. He also speaks regularly on governance, ethics, mentoring, leadership and perseverance. 

Ben currently serves on the Board of Variety QLD (Deputy Chair), as a Director of Variety Australia, a member of Fundraising Institute Australia’s (FIA) Queensland State Committee, a national Director of FIA (former Treasurer) and is an immediate past member of the inaugural FIA Code Authority. He also serves on the Healthcare Innovations Advisory Board for Bond University, several Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service committees including research, arts and infrastructure.

Ben has been a member of FIA since 2006 and has served two non-consecutive terms on the FIA Board including his current role as director, Treasurer and Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee and Risk Committee. He has been Chair of the FIA Awards Committee for three years, a judge for the FIA Awards, and a member of the FIA Sustainability Taskforce which was responsible for redeveloping the FIA Code and its re-launch in 2017. He is currently a Fellow of the Institute.

With his extensive fundraising and leadership experience and overall understanding of the charity sector, Ben Cox is well placed to chair the FIA Board,

FIA CEO Katherine Raskob welcomed Mr Cox’s appointment saying,

“We’re incredibly lucky to have someone of Ben’s calibre be appointed chair of the FIA Board. His appointment signals the continuation of great leadership and strong governance for the organisation and the continual push for high standards of best-practice fundraising.

“To be a servant leader of the mission of FIA and further the impact best-practice fundraising creates is a true privilege. There are many organisations, fundraising professionals, regulators, donors, and worthy causes who we have worked with in the past to shape fundraising as we see it today and I look forward to continuing to build on that legacy as fundraising grows and the impact it creates grows, said Ben of his appointment.

About Fundraising Institute Australia

Fundraising Institute Australia (FIA) is the peak body for the $12billion charitable fundraising sector. Members include non-profit organisations of all sizes as well as suppliers to the sector. There are over 660 organisations and 7300 fundraisers represented.

FIA advocates for fundraisers and the fundraising profession, administers a self-regulatory Code, educates practitioners, and creates forums for knowledge exchange and networking.  

Taken from Fundraising Institute Australia (FIA) Media Release on 23 February 2023.

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