2018 Fundraising & Communications Fellowship


Build your capacity, challenge yourself and create positive change

Climate for Change's 2018 Fellowship is an exciting opportunity for 25 people with passion, drive and initiative to develop skills and experience valuable to the not-for-profit and environment sectors while making a tangible difference to Climate for Change and the work that we do.

"It's honestly been one of the most life-changing experiences I've had. I'm just so inspired by how much of a difference we can actually make." - Cait Coffey-Wong, 2017 fellow

"Do it. Whatever you're feeling, whether it's fear or excitement, lean it to that. Overcome your fears, it's 10 times what you think it is." - Alex McMillan, 2017 fellow

About the fellowship

Following the huge success of our 2017 fellowship program, we are back bigger and better and are looking for a new group of 25 committed volunteers to join us in 2018 as Fundraising and Communication Fellows. This year we had just over 20 incredible fellows who pushed themselves - learning valuable skills, developing friendships and project managing a $150 000 crowd funder!

You will learn and work with a small, hard-working team to design and implement ambitious real-life fundraising projects in a fun and supportive environment. This is a great opportunity for someone wanting first-hand experience in the not-for-profit sector while gaining fundamental skills needed for fundraising, communications and community organising. 

The first part of the fellowship will involve weekly sessions covering everything from fundraising strategy to values-based communication delivered by industry experts, while the second part will focus on project work. To ensure you have the skills and knowledge needed to successfully complete these projects, you will be trained and supported by experts in a range of fundraising and communication fields.

Knowledge and skills

The Fellowship curriculum has been designed to expose fellows to almost all aspects of fundraising and communications in a not-for-profit setting. Topics covered will include (but will not be limited to):

  • Fundraising strategy and legalities

  • Copy writing

  • Communicating to inspire action
  • Crowd funding

  • Peer-to-peer fundraising

  • Project management

  • Branding

  • Social media

  • Event fundraising
  • Personal narrative

  • Pitching
  • Database management

  • NationBuilder

  • Donor relations and support

  • Community organising

  • Values-based communication

  • Narrative and storytelling

What's in it for you?

  • Gain valuable experience in the not-­for-­profit and environment sectors

  • Receive formal training in many aspects of fundraising and communications in the not-for-profit sector from experts in their fields

  • Develop your skills on real-life fundraising projects

  • Be part of a dynamic startup organisation that will be reaching thousands of people
  • Meet and work with like-minded people

  • Make a meaningful difference to Climate for Change and the work that we do

  • Have access to mentors and networking opportunities

  • Develop your professional profile, particularly in the climate-change and not-for-profit sectors


Key selection criteria

Applicants should be prepared to commit to the fellowship goals, attending the retreat and nearly all seminars.

We are looking for applicants with the following skills and attributes:

  • strong communication and interpersonal skills

  • ability to work collaboratively within a team

  • proven ability to work independently to achieve results and meet deadlines

  • initiative and creative thinking

  • ability to set high goals and achieve them

  • organised with excellent time-management skills

Key dates

  • Welcome Dinner – Thursday, January 18, 2018

  • Three day retreat between January 25 and January 28, 2018

  • Strategy Day - Saturday, February 3, 2018

  • Phonebank - Saturday, March 24, 2018
  • A weekly session, 6pm to 8:30pm on Wednesdays until the end of May 2018


Worth thousands of dollars, the training in this fellowship is offered free of charge as participants will held fundraise for Climate for Change as part of their project work. Participants will need to cover the costs of the retreat (accommodation, food and transport). These costs are yet to be finalised, but we aim to keep them as low as possible (around $500 for three days). Some full and partial scholarships will be made available to applicants based on need.

To apply

Please apply here.

Don’t hesitate to contact Jackson at jackson@climateforchange.org.au or on 0466321096 with any questions.


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