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QLD Chapter SIG’s – Fundraising, Alumni and People and Culture

Join your Advancement colleagues at this Special Interest Group taking place on 1 August 2024 in The Moreton Room, Wests Bulldogs Rugby Club

This session starts off with all participants networking under one roof, followed by three concurrent SIG sessions in Fundraising, Alumni and the newly launched People and Culture stream.

Event details

Date:  Thursday 1 August 2024

Time:  9.00 – 11.00 am

9.00am – Welcome and SIG breakout sessions 

10.40am – Networking

11.00am – Finish

Costs: This is free of charge for Members and Non-members

VenueThe Moreton Room, Wests Bulldogs Rugby Club, 65 Sylvan Road, Toowong, 4066

Parking Options:

Limited Venue parking with some on street parking available.

Fundraising Stream: Effective and Engaging Stakeholder Communication in Fundraising Campaigns.

Engaging with your donors in a personal and emotive manner is critical for effective fundraising in Capital Campaigns and Giving Days. In this session Susan McGinley, Jo Lovett, and Julia McKenna will discuss all types of communications to effectively engage every stakeholder.


Susan McGinley, Director of Advancement, The Women’s College within the University of Queensland

Julia McKenna, Director of Development & Communities, St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’​ School

Jo Lovett, Director of Community Relations and Development, All Hallows’ School

Alumni Stream: How to run an Efficient and Effective Alumni Relations Office on a Limited Budget

In today’s competitive landscape, alumni engagement professionals face the challenge of enhancing alumni relations while managing constrained resources. Join our Special Interest Group discussion, to share insights and practical tools to run an efficient and effective Alumni Relations office on a limited budget.

In this collaborative session, you’ll have the opportunity to:
• Share your goals for your alumni programs and how you measure success.
• Discuss common challenges and best practice across key areas such as events, marketing, volunteer management, systems and technology, and fostering connections with other school departments.
• Develop a robust strategy and operational plan to streamline your Alumni office operations.

Come prepared to engage, learn, and contribute to a dynamic conversation, taking home actionable insights to inform your 2025 alumni engagement program.


Georgia Mitchell, Acting Director of Philanthropy and Stakeholder Engagement, St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School

Penny Bowman, Development and Community Engagement Manager, Somerville House

People & Culture Stream: Getting it right – Historical Conduct and Discipline, and, Out of Hours Workplace Conduct.

Join us for an engaging and interactive People & Culture Special Interest Group (SIG) led by Ben Foley, Director, Legal and Assurance at St Peters Lutheran College.

Using historical conduct in workplace disciplinary decisions – how to get it right, and, when are employees ‘at work’ – the old workplace conduct at out of hours work functions chestnut!  Ben will also lead a general discussion on issues in relation to Australian Privacy Principle 11

This is an invaluable opportunity for People & Culture practitioners, as well as other school staff involved in managing these crucial aspects of school operations, to enhance their understanding and implementation strategies. Enhance your professional development and ensure your school is on the forefront of these important changes.

We look forward to a productive discussion and to sharing effective practices that will benefit our school communities.


Ben Foley, Director, Legal and Assurance, St Peters Lutheran College

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