Fiona Higgins

Fiona Higgins has been involved at APS since inception, being one of three founding directors of the entity. She has been involved in philanthropy and social investment since 1998, and brings with her an in-depth understanding of the charitable sector and unique insights into grantmaking practice and strategy.

After four years on the board, Fiona moved into an operational role at APS focusing on developing grantmaking services and now holds the role of Specialist Adviser, Giving. Fiona specialises in private and family philanthropy, strategy development, family facilitation and foundation management. She designed APS’s key grantmaking tools, the Giving Compass, the Giving Gauge and the Giving Game,  publishes regular thought leadership pieces on philanthropy and enjoys working with foundations of all types and families – especially children and teens – to map their personal passions and match them with community need.

Prior to her involvement at APS, Fiona held executive, senior management and board roles in the philanthropy, non-profit and communications sectors, including as Director of the Royal Agricultural Society Foundation (NSW), Executive Director & Member of the Advisory Board at The Caledonia Foundation, Philanthropy Services Manager at Cambooya Services, Programme Manager at The Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation, Communications Officer at Australian Red Cross (NSW) and Communication Lead at PR Deadlines.

She holds tertiary qualifications in humanities and social sciences from the University of Sydney and Swinburne University and is a published novelist, with four books published by Pan Macmillan and Allen & Unwin.

Fiona’s earliest foray into the for-purpose sector involved cycling a bicycle 16,455kms around Australia to raise funds for microcredit projects in Indonesia.

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