Social Events

The 2019 FIA Conference has an exciting range of social and networking events. Meet new friends, reconnect with old ones and get to know your fundraising peers!

The social events calendar includes:


Welcome Reception

Join us for the official welcome reception of the FIA 2019 Conference! Network with friends and colleagues over a drink and some canapes in the exhibition hall.

Date: Wednesday 27 February

Time: 5.45pm – 7.30pm

Venue: FIA Exhibition, Hall 13 & 14, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

Ticket included in full conference registration. Additional tickets at $75 each.

Supported by NGO Recruitment


Fellows, CFRE & First Time Attendees Function

If you are a Fellow or CFRE, you are invited to this special function to network with fundraising colleagues over a drink or two or is this your first time at the conference? Come along and get to know other first time conference delegates. Network with your peers and make lasting connections at #FIAConf2019.

Date: Wednesday 27 February

Time: 6.30pm – 7.30pm

Location: Hospitality Suite 4.1

Ticket included in conference registration.


Emerging Leaders Networking

Under 35 and keen to meet other like-minded young professionals in the fundraising sector? This is the conference event for you! This casual networking event, specifically for young fundraisers, offers you a unique opportunity to deepen your relationships with fellow emerging leaders from across the country.

Date: Wednesday 27 February

Time: 7.00pm – 8.00pm

Location: Melbourne Public, 11 Dukes Walk, South Wharf

Ticket included in conference registration.

Supported by Hays Recruitment


Champions of Change – Fundraisers’ Gala Awards Dinner

Join us in celebrating FIA’s Champions of Change at the Gala Awards Dinner! We’ll recognise outstanding fundraising and announce the winners of the FIA Awards for Excellence in Fundraising before we party the night away with live music.

You can only purchase tickets at the event from Wednesday 27 February 2019

Date: Thursday 28 February

Time: 6.30pm till late

Venue:  Melbourne Room 1, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

Tickets: Members $175; Staff of Organisational Members $190; Non-Members $210

Conference and Dinner Packages available. Members save over $75

Note: Tables will only be reserved when tables of 10 are purchased. If you would like to reserve a table, please contact [email protected].


Principal Award Sponsors:

Award Sponsors:


Farewell Drinks

Stick around for the farewell drinks following the closing plenary session, to unwind at the end of the conference and network with the new friends you’ve made.

Date: Friday 1 March

Time: 4.30pm – 5.30pm

Ticket included in conference registration.

Don't Miss Out

On exclusive info from our conference speakers!

Sign up now