About Us






The Fundraising Institute of New Zealand

The Fundraising Institute of New Zealand (FINZ) is the professional membership body that represents fundraising in New Zealand.

For the benefit of all New Zealanders, FINZ is committed to fundraising excellence. We want to ensure that worthy causes are well supported and that the generosity of New Zealanders is recognised and encouraged.

We do this by:

  • Ensuring ethical fundraising - developing standards of practice to enhance the integrity and professionalism of fundraisers and the fundraising sector
  • Professional Development - providing the best educational events to lead and educate fundraisers
  • Creating networking opportunities
  • Mentoring
  • Discounted Services
  • Being your Voice - advocating the value of fundraising to society and government in order to empower fundraisers in their work in and with communities

For more information on any of the above please learn more and consider Joining Us


FINZ is governed by the FINZ Board comprised of FINZ members. The committee is elected at the Annual AGM and executive positions appointed at the first meeting following. FINZ Head Office in Wellington is run by a CEO who manages a small team of full and part-time staff. FINZ membership is split into four regions; Northern; Central; Southern and Southland. Regular education events are held in the three main centres monthly and occasionally in Southland. For upcoming educational events and courses in your region, visit here.


Meet the Team

Michelle Berriman

Michelle Berriman
Executive Director  

Michelle comes to FINZ after 20 years working in a variety of roles within the charity sector - the last ten in fundraising and development. Prior to joining the sector’s commercial side, she was a youth/community development worker supporting children looked after by the state, running community-based youth projects and working in juvenile lock-down. Michelle is motivated by creating change and making a difference to those facing adversity and wants everyone to be given the chance to be the very best version of themselves. Originally from the far North of Scotland, she is proud to call NZ her home. She also grew 5 human beings (two of which are now fully grown Human adults !), loves reading and cooking.

Email: michelle@finz.org.nz
Work Hours: 8am - 4:30pm, Monday-Friday

Karen Laverde

Karen Laverde
Membership and Education Coordinator

Karen is thrilled to have recently joined the FINZ whanau as the Membership and Education Coordinator. Karen has experience working in membership based organisations as well as delivering education programmes within those. Karen is also a mother of two, a hypnotherapist and hypnobirthing coach when she’s not at FINZ and has just been appointed the Wellington consumer representative for the New Zealand College of midwifery (NZCOM). Karen looks forward to engaging with FINZ members as she gets up to speed with FINZ, the education plans for 2019 amongst a variety of other things!

Email: karen.laverde@finz.org.nz
Work Hours: 8am - 4pm, Monday & Wednesday-Friday

Minnie Finlayson

Minnie Finlayson
Digital Manager

Minnie has been with FINZ for 4 years; working on eDM’s, social media, the website, and making cups of tea whenever someone needs one. Outside of FINZ she is an accomplished writer and producer with award-winning filmmakers The Candle Wasters (they’re the top result on Google). She is excited to bring the skills from this role directly to her work at FINZ in 2019.

Email: minnie@finz.org.nz
Work Hours: 8am - 1pm, Tuesday & Thursday


Tamla Klinac

Tamla Klinac
Administrator and Finance Assistant

Tamla joined FINZ in 2018. She has a gorgeous dog called Ace.

Email: admin@finz.org.nz
Work Hours: 9am - 3pm, Monday-Thursday

John Godfrey

John Godfrey, CFRE (Christchurch)
Chair, FINZ Southern Board Rep

John’s career as a fundraiser began raising sponsorship for arts festivals in Sydney then Edinburgh.  He later directed capital fundraising programmes for Edinburgh University’s Medical Research Institute and the Edinburgh Napier Business School and has since consulted for many other major gift campaigns in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and India.  John is a PhD research candidate at Swinburne University, Melbourne. His research investigates philanthropy in India. Now based in Christchurch he works as Senior Consultant for Global Philanthropic.

Alice Montague

Alice Montague (Wellington)
Committee Member

Alice has worked in fundraising and marketing for more than fifteen years, in Australia, the UK, and New Zealand. She has worked for a range of organisations and sectors, including politics, NGOs and the arts. Alice arrived in New Zealand in January 2011 to work for New Zealand Red Cross and spent her last three years there as the General Manager, Marketing, Fundraising and Communications. She left in December 2017 to do a contract role at Creative New Zealand delivering capability building initiatives for their clients. That contract has now finished, and Alice has joined Experience Wellington as their Strategic Fundraising Manager. 

Dominique Leeming

Dominique Leeming
Committee Member

Dominique has 20 years’ experience as an award winning professional fundraiser and marketer, preceded by many years of voluntary service in the charitable sector.

Currently she is working as General Manager – Marketing & Fundraising for SPCA. Prior to that she held national roles with Coastguard New Zealand and Relationship Services Whakawhanaungatanga. Dominique has a long record of commitment to FINZ, serving at one time as Vice President she currently sits on the Ethics Committee. She is also a Fellow of the Institute.

Ellie Gray

Ellie Gray (Auckland)
FINZ Northern Board Rep, Committee Chair

Ellie is a senior fundraising professional with 23 years’ experience. Her principal strengths are in major gift fundraising, donor relations, strategy development and implementation. Ellie has knowledge and experience of establishing and managing all forms of voluntary sector income from major philanthropic campaigns to commercial enterprises.  She has worked as a director with prominent UK charities and is currently Manager, Strategic Donor Relations at the University of Auckland.  Ellie joined FINZ on arrival in New Zealand in 2013 and has served on the Northern Committee since 2014, currently as Chair.  She recently joined the New Zealand Chapter Committee of Educate Plus.

Katie Martin

Katie Martin (Wellington)
FINZ Central Board Rep, Committee Member

Katie is the Fundraising Manager for WWF-New Zealand. She has worked in the charity sector for over a decade in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom, with 8 years specifically in fundraising. Katie has fundraised for a range of causes including health, arts, and environmental charities. She is co-chair of the FINZ Central committee, representing Central on the FINZ National Council. 

Nicki Sayers

Nicki Sayers (Wellington)
Committee Member

Nicki has worked in fundraising in New Zealand since 2001 and is currently the Manager, Donor and Prospect Research with Victoria University of Wellington.  She has experience in both small and large organisations and across a broad range of fundraising disciplines including direct mail, database management, communications, street and telephone appeals, and sponsorship.

Nicki is also an experienced prospect researcher and currently supports a team of seven major gift officers with research and portfolio management.

Peter Bain

Peter Bain
Co-Opted Board Member

Peter is the Chief Financial Officer for The Salvation Army New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa Territory. Peter is a Chartered Accountant with 26 years experience. He has spent over 15 years in the not for profit sector as well as roles in Public Practice, corporate and the public sector in New Zealand and the UK.

Shane Chisholm

Shane Chisholm (Wellington)
Committee Member

Shane is the General Manger of Fundraising, Marketing and Communications for New Zealand Red Cross. Shane previously worked for the Salvation army as Public Relations Director for New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga. Shane is responsible for the overall strategic direction and operational delivery of a wide variety of successful national and regional fundraising programmes and activities. He has considerable governance experience including chair of the Dunedin Kindergarten Association, Te Aro Health board member, North Wellington Rotary board member (current), The Salvation Army Social Housing committee member (current) and assistant chair of The Salvation Army Johnsonville board (current).


FINZ Fellows

The Fundraising Institute of New Zealand has 22 Fellows. Becoming a Fellow is a rare distinction and shows that the individual has a deep commitment to both the Institute and fundraising. It is the highest honour the Institute can bestow on a member.

FINZ Fellows may be conferred on members who:  “has for not less than 10 years rendered distinguished service to FINZ and the fundraising profession”.  

Nominations for Fellows are received through a Division at the time of their AGM. Nominations are then forwarded to a committee of current Fellows who will have the opportunity to make a recommendation to the Council. The Council will then consider all available information and make the final decision on conferment of a Fellowship or otherwise which is normally announced at the Awards Ceremony at Conference.

Carol Painter James Mutch Rosemary Ledingham
Cheryl Moffat Jim Datson Stephanie Maitland
Clive Pedley Johan Vos Tilda Bostwick
Dianne Armstrong John Dear Thomas Kavanagh
Dominique Leeming Kate Russell Wayne McKenzie
Dwyllis Brown Lisa Wells The late JB Munro
Errol Pike Louise Parkin The late Kitty Hilton
Heather Newell Pat Thomas