Thoughts

Meet Courtney Henry of Charidy Australia

Q: You used to work in major gifts, particularly campaign gifts and transformational grants. What drew you to move to Charidy, a crowdfunding and consultancy company?

A: I worked with the Charidy team on a Giving Day, and together we achieved an incredible amount in a short period of time. Not just money wise, but growth for the institute in ways that I hadn’t anticipated which improved fundraising as a whole. That achievement and the tangible results really resonated with me, so when Charidy approached me to work with them, I could see the potential not only for myself but for the good I would be doing for other nonprofits. The opportunity to step into an organisation’s fundraising office and guide them to sustainability and growth is an exciting one. It was a big drawcard for me to help causes that I personally care about to raise more funds and do good for the world.

Q: If time and money weren’t an issue, what hobby would you pursue?

A: Oh, I would absolutely take up gardening as a sport. I would love to build beautiful park-like gardens, but obviously that’s very expensive once you buy the land and spend years plotting and planting! For now, I’m settling for turning the Charidy Australia offices into a jungle.

Q: Who has impressed you most with what they’ve accomplished?

A: Dr Marcy McCall MacBain. I’ve only met her once, but she was lovely and her story is quite incredible. She met her husband, a billionaire, when she was a fresh college graduate working multiple jobs and trying to stay afloat, and he pretty much said “Come with me.” While many people in that situation would settle in and live the easy life, Marcy dedicated herself to studying further so that she could make informed decisions about how best to use their position and wealth for good. She’s volunteered for the WHO (World Health Organisation) and is on the Geneva Committee of Human Rights Watch; she just seems like a wonderful and inspiring person.

Q: What do you wish you knew more about?

A: Everything! I’m incurably curious and always reading up on new concepts, places, and things.

Q: If you had a million dollars to give to a charity, which one would you give it to?

A: This one is always so hard! You can be certain it’s one that would involve me in their programs, because I would hands down be one of those involved donors, so I would need to shop around. I think I’ll just say it would be an animal welfare charity that focuses on systems change as well as on-the-ground services. Sadly a million dollars doesn’t go far now!