The Fundraising Institute of New Zealand
FINZ is the professional body that represents fundraising in New Zealand. In delivering its mission, FINZ is concerned with:
- Providing the best educational events to lead and educate fundraisers;
- Developing standards of practice to enhance the integrity and professionalism of fundraisers and the fundraising sector;
- Advocating the value of fundraising to society and government in order to empower fundraisers in their work in and with communities.
FINZ is governed by the FINZ National Council 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
Mobile: 022 101 1600
Marketing and Membership Manager
Education and Events Coordinator
Kate Russell (Christchurch)
Kate is a fellow of FINZ, joining the Institute in 1995. Kate is active in lecturing at FINZ conferences and 360 events on the subjects of leadership, sponsorship, and special events. She has also held various positions at local FINZ Divisional level. Currently CEO of Canterbury Medical Research Foundation and Commercial Director, NZ Brain Research Institute, Kate spent 11 years as CEO of Cystic Fibrosis NZ. She has also held fundraising positions at CCS, St John, Presbyterian Support, and as a Private Consultant as well as trustee positions on other charities.
Shane Chisholm (Wellington)
Shane is the Territorial Public Relations Director for The Salvation Army in New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga. This role is responsible for national public awareness and engagement activities. Along with a very competent team of marketing and fundraising professionals, Shane is responsible for the overall strategic direction and operational delivery of wide variety of successful national and regional fundraising programmes and activities. Shane 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), Assistant chair of The Salvation Army Johnsonville board (current).
Ellie Gray (Auckland)
Ellie has over 25 years’ experience of working as a Fundraiser in the not for profit sector and in business development, sales and marketing, media, arts and entertainment. Her principal strength is organisational strategy development and implementation; monitoring plans to maximise income and developing saleable propositions. Over the last 20 years, she has worked at director level with some of the largest UK-based charities to raise multi-millions. She has sound governance experience, financial acumen, budget setting and leadership skills. Ellie is currently, Manager, Strategic Donor Relations, The University of Auckland and the chair of the FINZ Northern Division committee.
Patrick Holmes (Auckland)
Patrick moved to New Zealand from the UK eight years ago to take up the position of Divisional Manager for the New Zealand Foundation for the Blind, before becoming CEO at Amnesty International Aotearoa, a position he held for four and a half years. Prior to these roles, he worked in the UK banking and finance industry for 17 years before transitioning into the not-for-profit sector and enjoyed 18 years working in the sector in a variety of roles including Director of Fundraising, Marketing Director and Deputy Chief Executive.
David Lawson (Auckland)
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.
Alice Montague (Wellington)
Alice has worked in fundraising for more than twelve years; in Australia, the UK and the last five here in New Zealand. She has worked for small not for profits such as EveryChild UK, to larger ones such as Cancer Council NSW and British Red Cross. She has also worked across other sectors including politics and the arts. Her main focus has been individual giving. Alice is now at Creative New Zealand after a successful stint at the New Zealand Red Cross.
Su Marshall, CFRE (Christchurch)
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. Su is current Chair of the FINZ Southern committee, and Southern rep on the National Council.
Karla Paotonu (Wellington)
Karla Paotonu considers it a privilege to be a fundraising professional because it is a career that is about building relationships to achieve results that change lives. Karla worked as a teacher of Public Speaking and Drama for 15 years before making the career change nine years ago to become a fundraising professional. Karla has worked for Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand, Volunteer Service Abroad, and is currently the Funds Development Manager at Outward Bound. Karla will share with you case studies, best practise fundraising approaches, and the lessons she has learnt along the way to help you achieve a successful major gifts campaign.
Grant Chellew is a Management Consultant with extensive experience in general and operations management. He offers assistance to charities in the following areas: Restructuring; Counselling; Staff Development; Industrial Relations; Organisational Development; Disputes Resolution; Cost Cutting in Tough Times. Grants background includes senior management roles with Burns Philp (Fiji), Consolidated Electronic Industries (Ceramco), GP Print (formerly the Government Print Office) and is currently Managing Director of ROE Print.
Finz FellowsThe 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||Louise Parkin|
|Cheryl Moffat||JB Munro||Pat Thomas|
|Clive Pedley||Jim Datson||Rosemary Ledingham|
|Dianne Armstrong||Johan Vos||Stephanie Maitland|
|Dominique Leeming||John Dear||Thomas Kavanagh|
|Dwyllis Brown||Kate Russell||Wayne McKenzie|
|Errol Pike||Kitty Hilton|
|Heather Newell||Lisa Wells|