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The Fundraising Institute of New Zealand (FINZ) is the professional body for charities and those employed in or involved with fundraising, sponsorship and events in the not-for-profit sector. Our aim is to promote and uphold professional and ethical fundraising and encourage the development of philanthropy in New Zealand.
FINZ has two kinds of membership, individual and organisational.
Our individual members are professional fundraisers employed by organisations active in the not-for-profit sector in New Zealand. These range from small local organisations to community bodies, institutes and international societies working in a wide range of areas. These include health and welfare, religion, education, sport, environment and the arts and culture. Members also include consultants who work privately in the field contracting their services to specific projects.
Our organisational members are primarily charities that want an advocacy voice to government as well as those companies and businesses, both profit and not-for-profit that are involved with the sector. These range from computer firms supplying hardware and software, mail houses and PR companies, through to fundraising consultancies, social media organisations and print houses.
FINZ has been in existence since 1 January 1991 and prior to that operated as a division of TAIF (The Australasian Institute of Fundraising, now the Fundraising Institute of Australia - FIA). The independent New Zealand organisation was set up to better meet the needs of our unique communities and not-for-profit environment.
The organisation is run by a Governance Board, CEO and office staff along with regional committees in Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Hawkes Bay, Palmerston North, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch and Dunedin. These are grouped into Northern, Central and Southern Divisions. This network of volunteers is rapidly growing.
The Fundraising Institute of New Zealand serves:
- Charities seeking representation and advocacy to government and the flexibility to send more staff members to professional development courses
- Organisations working to provide services and raise funds in the charitable and not-for-profit sector
- Fundraisers and volunteers employed to assist charitable organisations to achieve their mission
- The public of New Zealand who donate funds and obtain services from charitable organisations