The story so far
Founded in the year 2000 by Gregor Drugowitsch, unlike other fundraising agencies, Cornucopia was born out of a charity. Gregor utilised his vast experience as a door to door fundraiser for the German and Austrian Red Cross to help introduce face to face fundraising as a method to recruit new monthly donors for Amnesty International Australia. Gregor’s success with a small trial program led Amnesty to outsource the new face to face program to the company now known as Cornucopia. From this point, Cornucopia expanded its services to represent numerous charities and has grown to become one of the largest fundraising agencies across multiple countries.
Since 2008, Ross Howe has led the organisation as Managing Director after commencing with Cornucopia as a face to face fundraiser in 2002.
Cornucopia New Zealand was launched in 2003 and Cornucopia USA in 2017. Through face to face fundraising across Australia, New Zealand & USA, Cornucopia has worked with more than 50 charity partners, recruiting more than 700,000 regular givers since our doors opened in 2000.
Cornucopia Calling commenced in 2015 and has grown significantly from its inception from a handful of telefundraisers to a state-of-the-art call centre in our Brisbane CBD office and most recently home calling across Australia and New Zealand.
In the same year (2015), Fansdonate was created via a joint partnership between Cornucopia and Curious Minds Media as a solution to digital fundraising strategies and lead acquisition for telemarketing.
Cornucopia has a tailored approach to developing your fundraising program, whether your organisation’s fundraising goals are acquisition, retention or development. We can work with you to create a comprehensive program drawing on our wealth of knowledge and experience in fundraising development, while aligning with your organisation’s messaging and communication strategy to ensure donors are inspired now and well in the future.
HOW WE DO IT
Cornucopia’s task is to build a permanent “chain” linking each donor to the beneficiary of their donation. This chain includes the campaigner who talks to the donor, Cornucopia and our client Not for Profit Organisations. We believe that everyone in this chain must benefit from their participation. As soon as someone in the chain ceases to benefit, the chain breaks, the donation stops and the beneficiary suffers.
The Cornucopia is the symbol for abundance and this is the basis for our values. If we do our job properly and keep the chain linked permanently, everyone involved will enjoy the benefit of face to face fundraising.