Q: You were brought into Charidy as a director early in the game from a successful career in management consulting. What made you want to jump on the startup bandwagon in the fundraising industry?
After spending a number of years working with CFOs and finance teams helping bridge the gap between finance and the rest of the business, I felt it was time to use those transferable skills to try something bold and different. I was young enough to take on a new challenge and felt that there would be no better time. Why wait till 60 when it would just be harder? Charidy was an opportunity that presented itself with a lifelong friend Peretz (current MD) and I grabbed the opportunity with both hands. I also was very excited about the prospect of joining the NFP sector and using my skills to upskill those in the sector.
Q: Over the past two years, you’ve had insight into the fundraising teams of hundreds of nonprofits, and tens of thousands of donors. What has surprised you the most about fundraising so far?
I was surprised at the high levels of staff turnover at the organisations that we have been partnering with. It’s something that I wasn’t necessarily expecting or had anticipated. I guess, to be honest, I entered the NFP space somewhat naive and inexperienced. However, I truly believe this has been a blessing in disguise and I have felt that the skills from previous roles have been truly transferable to the extent that I was able to bring a fresh approach to the many organisations that we partner with.
Q: With this in mind, what do you wish you knew more about?
I would have liked to have a better understanding on the process a NFP undertakes when looking at the appeals they run. This is now something I am very well aware of, but that knowledge from the outset would have allowed me to understand fundraisers a lot better. Something I have heard from many people that I have worked with is that bringing a fresh approach to the industry is something very valuable to a sector that is very traditional.
Q: We’ll step away from the fundraising chat and find out a bit more about you. If time and money weren’t an issue, what hobby would you pursue?
Full time sportsman — AFL preferably, for the Sydney Swans.
Q: And what’s one mystery you wish you knew the answer to?
The fact that the human body and mind are capable of so much, infinitely more than we think and know. How is it possible for humans to endure what they do?
Q: Okay, last question, and this one is always tricky. If you had a million dollars to give to a charity, which one would you give it to?
Can I make it a million to all the charities that I love? Plus, I can’t favour one over the other.