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2020 Fundraising & Communications Fellowship

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Organisation : Climate for Change

Location : Online

Time required : 5-10 hours a week

Duration of project : July to November 2020

Sector : Conservation & Environment

Posted on : 6 May, 2020

About the role

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

The program will take place from July to November 2020 despite COVID-19. However, given the uncertainty around future physical distancing, we are planning for the possibility that all sessions and events will be hosted online. In addition, for the first time we are excited to extend the Fellowship to participants across Australia as all sessions will need to be accessible online.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis from May 6 until June 12 – the earlier you apply, the higher chances of securing a position you have. This is a highly sought-after opportunity so don’t delay! We will be interviewing candidates from mid May 2020.

Sounds exciting? Apply here!

Please note that if it is at all possible to come together in the same space, we are planning for training sessions and events to be held at locations in Brunswick and Melbourne CBD. If restrictions are lifted, we will expect Fellows who can travel to those locations to attend trainings and events in person. We will also ensure that Fellows who are based out of Melbourne can attend remotely and are well connected and included.

Please don’t hesitate to contact Marta Zajac, Community Fundraising Manager, at with any questions.

About Climate for Change

Climate for Change is a volunteer-­powered, not-for-profit organisation on a mission to create the social mandate for effective action on climate change.  We’ve adapted the Tupperware party model of small gatherings in people’s homes, each of which generates another, to facilitate face-to-face conversations about climate change. 

Our goal is to encourage conversations about climate change with enough people to shift the public conversation on climate change. We have grown rapidly since our humble beginnings five years ago, engaging over 8,500 people in face to face Climate Conversations and reaching thousands more through our campaigns and other activities. We have even bigger plans for the future – through this Fellowship you can play a fundamental role in realising those plans!

For more information, visit


About the Fellowship

This program has been designed to give those interested in working in the not-for-profit, communications and climate sectors a range of skills foundational to all these sectors. 

Over four months you will attend weekly seminars with a select and passionate group of volunteers to learn from experts in their field. Over that period, you will also work together to design then implement an ambitious real-life crowd fundraiser in a fun and supportive environment. 

Topics covered in the retreat and weekly seminars will include (but not be limited to):

  • Fundraising strategy 
  • Communicating to inspire action and social change
  • Crowdfunding and peer-to-peer fundraising
  • Volunteer recruitment and engagement
  • Effective conversations and active listening
  • Digital marketing and social media
  • Personal Narrative Training
  • Community organising and campaigning
  • Narrative, framing and values-based communication
  • Working and breaking into the not-for-profit sector


What’s in it for you?

  • Gain valuable practical experience in the not­-for­-profit and climate change sectors
  • Receive formal training in many aspects of fundraising, community organising and communications in the not­-for­-profit sector from experts in their fields
  • Develop your skills on a real­-life fundraising project
  • Develop your professional profile, particularly in the climate and not-for-profit sectors
  • Meet and work with like­-minded people, making lifelong friends and connections
  • Be part of a dynamic organisation reaching thousands of people and make a meaningful difference to Climate for Change and the work that we do



Successful applicants are expected to attend the weekend retreat on 18-19 July (and possibly 25-26 July if restrictions are still in place), communications workshop on 8-9 August and a minimum of 80% of weekly seminars (mostly on Tuesdays). 

Outside the seminars, you will work with other Fellows and C4C staff to run our annual crowdfunder and make it a success. This will include volunteering on various aspects of planning, setting up and running the crowdfunder, as well as fundraising and recruiting and supporting a small team of fundraisers yourself. All up, this should amount to an average of 5 to 10 hours of work per week over the four months.


Key Selection Criteria

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

  • Passion and willingness to make a difference
  • 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
  • Willingness to learn and tackle new challenges with a positive attitude


Worth thousands of dollars, the training in this Fellowship is offered free of charge as participants will help fundraise for Climate for Change as part of their project work. Participants will need to cover the costs of the retreat. This cost is yet to be finalised, but will be below $100. Some full and partial scholarships will be made available to applicants based on need.


Additional information can be found here:

About the organisation

Organisation name : Climate for Change
Not for Profit : Yes

How to apply

Applications not allowed for this volunteering opportunity.

Please quote in application: 2020 Fundraising & Communications Fellowship via Pro Bono Australia.



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