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2021 Fundraising and Communications Fellowship (Voluntary)

Climate for Change

“The fellowship was the perfect balance of learning foundational skills in tandem with the ability to apply them practically, with the liberty to add your own twist.

Being involved with C4C makes me feel good: being a part of a team of inspiring people, all working their hardest to fight for a future worth living.”

Fundraising and Communications Fellowship

Back for its sixth year, our Fundraising and Communications Fellowship builds the capacity of 40 passionate people across Australia.

The four month volunteer program involves weekly online training sessions, in which fellows learn essential skills for entering the not-for-profit sector. In the last month of the program, they put these skills to immediate effect as ambassadors in our peer-to-peer fundraising campaign.

Headed by our fellows, the peer-to-peer campaign has raised over half of our organisational income every year – allowing the fellowship to build both the capacity of participants and Climate for Change’s capacity to create action on climate change.

Our weekly training sessions, taught both in-house and by expert guest speakers, cover the following topics:

  • Peer-to-peer fundraising
  • Climate justice
  • Personal narrative
  • Fundraiser recruitment
  • Values and framing
  • Talking about climate change effectively
  • Digital fundraising
  • Graphic design
  • Phone banking
  • Donor engagement
  • Campaigning and strategy
  • Breaking into the NFP sector
  • And more

Our past guest speakers have come from parliament, GetUp!, Environment Victoria, Australian Conservation Foundation, Human Rights Law Centre, Farmers for Climate Action and Tipping Point, to name a few.

About Climate for Change

Climate for Change is a volunteer-­powered, not-for-profit organisation on a mission to create the social mandate in Australia for effective action on climate change.

Our flagship program, Climate Conversations, uses the party plan model made famous by Tupperware® to facilitate discussions about climate change in people’s homes, among friends. This model of engagement is unique within the climate movement and has proven extraordinarily effective in engaging new audiences at both depth and scale.

Our goal is to encourage enough peer-to-peer conversations about climate change that we shift the public conversation. We’ve grown rapidly since our humble beginnings six years ago, engaging 10,000 people in Climate Conversations and reaching thousands more through our campaigns and other programs. We have even bigger plans for the future, and through this fellowship you can play a fundamental role in realising those plans.

For more information, visit www.climateforchange.org.au.

What’s in it for you?

“I landed a job at the Bicycle Network, learning all about behaviour change and public health. All thanks to the fellowship! I wouldn’t have had the confidence to apply for the job in the first place without it.” – Ruby Bourke, 2020 fellow

  • More than 45 hours of training in fundraising, communications, recruitment and more
  • Experience in recruiting for and fundraising in a peer-to-peer campaign
  • Experience within the not-for-profit and climate change sectors
  • Career development; 72% of 2020 fellows said the program helped them professionally
  • Personal development; 80% of 2020 fellows said the program built their self-confidence
  • The chance to grow your personal and professional networks
  • The tools, knowledge and confidence needed to take action on climate change
  • An opportunity to help solve the climate crises

Your commitment

Successful applicants are expected to:

  • Attend the two day retreat, held online over Sat July 17 and Sat July 24
  • Attend 80% of weekly trainings, held online on Wed evenings from July 7 to Nov 3
  • Attend the peer-to-peer campaign launch, held online on Thurs 30 Sept (date TBC)
  • Each recruit a small team of fundraisers to take part in the peer-to-peer campaign
  • Each fundraise in the peer-to-peer campaign

All of this should amount to a maximum of 4 to 8 hours of work per week over the four months.

Key selection criteria

  • Passionate about taking action on the climate crisis
  • Self-motivated; you can independently set goals and do the work to achieve them
  • Well-organised; you manage your tasks and time, and meet deadlines
  • Excited to try new things and take up challenges, like fundraising and recruiting
  • Team-oriented, and eager to get to know other passionate people
  • Open to learning and building relationships in an online environment

Given this program is run online, we also require all participants to have access to a laptop or computer, with good internet connection.


With training worth thousands of dollars, this fellowship is offered at a nominal cost of $80, as participants will fundraise for Climate for Change as part of the program.

We recognise that not everyone may be able to afford this cost, so we will be offering some partial and full scholarships to people experiencing financial barriers to participating – whether situational or structural.


Applications are now open and will be accepted on a rolling basis from 11 May, so we encourage you to apply early. To apply, please complete the form accessed by clicking apply now ASAP and no later than the close date. A full position description can be found below.

We strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people, people of colour, women, people with a disability and members of the LGBTIQA+ community.

Any enquiries should be directed to our fellowship coordinator, Serena Davies (she/her), at serena@climateforchange.org.au, using the subject line: 2021 Fundraising and Communications Fellowship (Voluntary) enquiry via EthicalJobs.

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