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
General Manager

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

Julie Chan

Julie Chan
Finance Manager

Julie joined FINZ in March 2016. She is a chartered accountant and has more than 26 years of financial, tax and management accounting experience in both private, charitable and public sectors in New Zealand. Originally from Malaysia, she is now a proud Wellingtonian for more than 30 years.

Email: julie@finz.org.nz
Work Hours: 7:30am - 3pm, Monday-Thursday

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


Alice Montague

Alice Montague (Wellington)

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. 

Shane Chisholm

Shane Chisholm (Wellington)

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).

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. 

Kathryn Marshall

Kathryn Marshall (Christchurch)
FINZ Southern Board Rep, Committee Member

Kathryn has worked in fundraising for over twenty years in the United Kingdom and New Zealand in a number of charities spanning mental and physical health, disability and education. She recently moved from London with her family to take up a post at the University of Canterbury Foundation, managing the planned giving and bequest programme. Kathryn is current Chair of the FINZ Southern Committee and Southern Rep on the National Council.

David Lawson

David Lawson (Auckland)
FINZ Northern Board Rep, Committee Member

David has over 20 years in the not for profit sector having gained wide experience in many organisations and in a variety of roles, currently working for Christian World Service in developing strategic relationships.  David has experience in many fundraising disciplines including a recent successful Capital Campaign for Auckland Hospital. David’s creative bent has allowed him to win two Gold Awards in the Direct Marketing Associations RSVP awards in Direct Mail response. David comes from a sales background in the insurance and financial sector. David is on the FINZ Northern Committee as Deputy Chair and represents them 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.

Su Marshall

Su Marshall, CFRE (Christchurch)
Committee Member

Su has worked in fundraising for over 12 years.  She has broad experience in both operational and capital campaigns, across many different types of NFPs.  She has recently taken up the role of national Manager-Grants at RNZSPCA.  


Peter Bain

Peter Bain

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.


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 Thomas Kavanagh
Dianne Armstrong John Dear Wayne McKenzie
Dominique Leeming Kate Russell The late JB Munro
Dwyllis Brown Lisa Wells The late Kitty Hilton
Errol Pike Louise Parkin  
Heather Newell Pat Thomas