Brian Holmes

CFRE, FFIA

Founder & Director, Group

I love what I do. That’s the reason I’ve been doing it for more than 25 years.

I love that I’ve been able to help so many amazing people, organisations and causes raise millions of dollars. I love that I meet so many remarkable people with a spirit of generosity. I love that every day I get to help successful people become significant people by expanding their philanthropic experience.

The industry recognition of our success is valued but tomorrow morning I get another opportunity to make a significant difference by bringing big givers and wonderful causes together again. That’s what I love.

Craige Gravestein

CFRE, FFIA, MFINZ

Founder & Director, Philanthropy

There are not many people who get the chance to help the homeless, find a cure, save the planet or feed and clothe millions of the world’s poorest people.

As ‘Chief Big Gifts’, I’ve spent the past 25 years facilitating and raising hundreds of millions of dollars in partnership with hundreds of not-for-profits. The success of that work has contributed to transformational changes in healthcare, education, animal welfare, religious and social services. Passing that experience on to others ensures it lives on.

Having the money empowers others to act. My passion is seeing high net worth individuals experience the joy of giving and the fruit of their hard work and generosity.

Erica Myers-Tattersall

MBUS (Marketing,) FRSA, MFIA

Director, Fundraising

From small, local charities to large, international organisations I use nearly two decades of fundraising and marketing expertise to find those nuggets of gold within, that help make the ordinary… extraordinary.

Like a bridge I bring together funders and visionaries together to make the world a better place for all of us.

Roewen Wishart

CFRE, FFIA

Director, Strategy

It feels personally rewarding to see the chemistry happen between great donors and great causes. I take pride in helping not-for-profits to building great fundraising teams, and great relationships between not-for-profits and significant donors. For over twenty years, I’ve helped to create the difference which transformational major gifts bring.

Smart planning, clear analysis, and committed leadership make all to the difference to an organisation’s growth. Our sector has a special place in the world to solve the hardest problems and meet the deepest needs. Passionate people, innovation and responsiveness – from the local to the global – make this possible.I enable organisations to get the resources to do this.

Terri Sheahan

CFRE, EMFIA

Director, Communications

In my 20-something years as a specialist writer for the non profit sector, I have been privileged to work alongside many life-changing organisations and exceptional fundraisers. And it is a privilege: finding the right words to motivate people to give, and witnessing the transformational impact of their philanthropy on the world around us!

I have long been fascinated by what motivates generosity, and that curiosity helped to drive the recent development of Xponential’s Wheel of Philanthropy. That curiosity, and the joy of watching great visions come to life, continues to fuel my passion for big gifts fundraising.

Sandy Fuller

MFIA

To assist great causes realise their dreams is a motivation in itself to be the best that I can be; to bring professionalism, enthusiasm, creativity and expertise to each new client.

For more than 10 years, I found it incredibly rewarding to work amongst truly extraordinary people in their endeavours to raise considerable funds to support their vital projects and programs:education; health; youth; arts; churches; historical preservation/rebuilds; medical research; and social service organisations are some of the diverse organisations I have been privileged to assist in my career to-date.

Bree Jopp

MFIA

I love knowing that what I do is making a difference to the lives of people – here and around the world. There are two fundamental elements that excite me about my job.

The first, engaging with people throughout my career, I have had the honour of working with some powerful and inspirational individuals. Whether they are financial supporters or beneficiaries seeking support, I am always warmed when meeting people who are so kind-hearted, positive and motivated.

The second, watching the numbers. I feel a real sense of achievement and pride knowing that the response rates, email open rates, page views and even shares, likes and comments on social media are all beneficial in helping the cause.

Michelle Varcoe

MFIA

I love working with clients to achieve tangible outcomes. For many years I have been actively involved in the not-for-profit sector where am fortunate to meet and work with so many interesting, generous and passionate people.

I am excited to play an important role in turning ideas into reality, and connecting people with opportunities to contribute and make a significant difference for wonderful causes. It is both professionally and personally rewarding to know that my job leads to positive change.

Sarah Stuewe

CFRE, MFIA

A strong motivational force in my life has been to work with leading organisations that effect change and positively impact people’s lives. For over eight years I have been privileged to work with not-for-profits in Australia, the UK and Canada.

I am extremely passionate about fundraising; it is a profession that requires resilience, collaboration, problem solving and outstanding interpersonal skills. You must have the tenacity to make the “ask” and the self-discipline to stay silent while it is carefully considered. It is so rewarding to help my clients achieve their goals and secure the resources they need to achieve their mission.

Grainne Tierney

MComm, MFIA

After 10 years in corporate marketing, where I managed cause-related campaigns, CSR initiatives and partnerships with a range of not-for-profits in Australia and the UK, it was a natural transition and desire to work more closely with the NFP sector.

I am passionate about utilising my skills for a social cause and I am fortunate that my role at Xponential offers just that.From engaging with prospective donors to connecting with inspiring individuals who have benefitted directly from fundraising – it is all in a day’s work, which is challenging, meaningful and above all, impactful.

Tessa Irwin

MFIA

I have a passion for creating positive changes for marginalised and less fortunate people of the world. Working at Xponential offers this and so much more, helping donors connect with a huge range of organisations provides funds that are vital to the forward movement of not-for-profits. Without funding, not-for-profits cannot continue and expand their life changing work and programs.

Having worked in both not-for-profit and corporate sectors, I have found that a connection to the purpose of the organisation is very important for satisfaction in my work. It is motivating to have such purpose behind my work and to know that I am contributing to positive outcomes for those people the not-for-profits are serving.

Emma-Laureen Huijs

AFIA

It’s a privilege to work in an environment that generates so much positive energy. Xponential is an organisation that tries – and succeeds – to make this world a better place and I’m proud to be part of this team effort.

It is incredibly rewarding to help non-for-profit organisations realise their visions by providing them with support and guidance on their journey to success. Working amongst many great fundraising professionals in the Xponential team, I know that the opportunities for change and improvement are endless. I enjoy witnessing people who give transform lives in all corners of our society with the impact of the programs and organisations we work with.

Dr Murray Rees

B Bus, G Dip, M Bus, PhD

With more than 20 years of formulating and implementing studies, I believe that the use of independent scientific research significantly assists not-for-profits in achieving their goals. By understanding who, how, when to approach and most importantly why donors give, enables an efficient and effective fundraising effort.

I find my work fulfilling when our research findings directly contribute to the sustained and improved operation of our clients. I regularly receive confirmation of the value from what we do, when decision-makers discover something new about their donors and their intentions.

Angela O’Connor

BBA, AFIA

I have always been passionate about helping others.Through volunteering for a diverse number of worthwhile causes, I developed a deep appreciation for the amazing work of not-for-profits. I now find it incredibly rewarding as a professional to be able to help such wonderful organisations achieve their goals.

My role at Xponential allows me to combine over 10 years of administrative experience, with a growing knowledge and understanding of fundraising. The only thing better than being able to help a not-for-profit or charity, for a living… is being able to help a whole host of them.

Richard Onanjiri

EMBA, BSc

The opportunity to be part of this wonderful team of fundraising professionals is invaluable and the opportunity to contribute towards making the world a better is what I really relish.

I am therefore passionate about delivering the utmost in service that puts smiles on the faces of our clients. It is a privilege to be working in the background at Xponential to provide that refreshingly different service experience to our clients.

Being part of Australia and New Zealand’s leading fundraising consultancy and seeing my contribution make a change in the lives of the underprivileged is both professionally satisfying and emotionally heart-warming.

Olivia Gravestein

AFIA

At the start of my professional career, working with a team that strives to help not-for-profit organisations is one of the most rewarding experiences at Xponential. I enjoy the challenge of learning and gaining new skills whilst working in my dual role as a Campaign Support Officer and Database Manager.

I am pleased to be working with the not-for-profit sector and to expand on the involvement I currently have with charitable organisations both as a volunteer and a donor.

Shani Alarcon

AFIA

I find my work with Xponential very fulfilling, from the great fundraising outcomes that we are able to achieve, to being a member of the inspirational team that I learn from every day.

It is rewarding to know that the work I do contributes to capital campaign success; being able to play a part in fundraising for our clients’ incredible initiatives motivates me to bring my best every day.

I love learning about the work that organisations do to make a positive difference in people’s lives and I look forward to expanding my knowledge about fundraising and the sector as I progress in my career.