Interview with Madeleine Buchner OAM

Founder and CEO of Little Dreamers Australia; 2019 Order of Australia Medal Recipient; 2019 AFR 100 Women of Influence

Building a nonprofit and finding key people of influence that can impact fundraising

Madeleine Buchner founded Little Dreamers Australia at age 16 which today employees 40+ staff and has raised over $1.5m to support more than 4000 families in Australia. In 2019, Madeleine was the recipient of the Order of Australia Medal, and is also a 2018 Westpac Social Change Fellow, 2019 AFR 100 Women of Influence and a 2018 Victorian Young Australian of the Year Finalist 

Interview with Madeleine Buchner OAM

Founder and CEO of Little Dreamers Australia; 2019 Order of Australia Medal Recipient; 2019 AFR 100 Women of Influence

Building a nonprofit and finding key people that can impact fundraising

Madeleine Buchner founded Little Dreamers Australia at age 16 which today employees 40+ staff and has raised over $1.5m to support more than 4000 families in Australia. In 2019, Madeleine was the recipient of the Order of Australia Medal, and is also a 2018 Westpac Social Change Fellow, 2019 AFR 100 Women of Influence and a 2018 Victorian Young Australian of the Year Finalist 

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Summary of video interview with Madeleine Buchner

Section 1: Early beginnings with Little Dreamers Australia

  • How Madeleine began her journey with Little Dreamers Australia at age 16
  • Early challenges Madeleine faced and how she overcame these to persevere with her mission
  • Gain insight into how long it took to start making an impact with Little Dreamers Australia
  • Learn what contributed to the early growth stages of Little Dreamers Australia

 

Section 2: Growing a nonprofit organisation

  • How Madeleine’s involvement with Little Dreamers Australia started to change as the organisation and revenue grew
  • What areas of fundraising Madeleine enjoys and what she’s happy to leave to the fundraising team

 

Section 3: Events fundraising

  • Why events have been so successful to Little Dreamer’s fundraising efforts
  • Gain insight into what Little Dreamer’s most successful event has been to date and what went into making this a success
  • How Little Dreamers has been able to scale events over time
  • Adapting events post Covid-19 and the success of this

 

Section 4: Raising funds through Grant Proposals

  • Why grants have been successful to the organisation’s growth
  • Lessons learnt on what goes into creating grant proposals that succeed
  • Other fundraising initiatives that have and haven’t been successful for Little Dreamers Australia

 

Section 5: The process of starting a nonprofit organisation

  • How to get started in creating your own nonprofit organisation if you’re a fundraiser
  • Challenges to be aware of when starting this process
  • Advice for fundraisers looking to create their own charitable cause

 

Section 6: Leading a nonprofit team

  • Gain insight into Madeleine’s leadership style as she leads a team of over 40 staff
  • How Madeleine gets the best out her team

 

Section 7: Future goals and summary

  • Madeleine’s greatest achievements to date and her goals for the next 5 – 10 years
  • Madeleine’s final advice to inspire and fulfil fundraisers

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