Meet the Team

Esha is smiling in front of a bookcase, she is in a orange and white checkered top and her pounamu necklace is prominent on her neck

Esha Blade
Relationship Manager

Esha has the privilege of being the key relationships manager at the Fundraising Institute. Generosity, connection and collaboration are at the heart of her mahi. Equity, diversity and inclusion are woven throughout her practice. She lives these values by building and maintaining strong, meaningful relationships with members, partners, stakeholders and the wider fundraising community. She is motivated by welcoming organisations nui me te iti (big & small) onto the waka that is FINZ. If you have an inspired idea that contributes to building generosity and confidence in giving in Aotearoa, get in touch with her today.

Mā te whiritahi ka whakatutuki ai ngā pūmanawa ā tāngata | Together weaving the realisation of potential

Work Hours: 9am - 5pm, Monday-Friday

Nicole Paterson smiles warmly; she wears winged eyeliner, small hooped earrings and sunglasses perched carefully on top of her head.

Nicole Paterson
Admin and Engagement Support

Nicole is a Wellington local and our Admin and Engagement Support here at FINZ. She is new to working in the non for profit and fundraising sector, ready to explore the position. Her background in hairdressings transfers many skills including creativity and communication needed in this environment. Nicole is the point of call when contacting FINZ for admin support.

Work Hours: 9am-4pm, Monday-Tuesday | 9am-12pm Wednesday-Thursday


I am singularly impressed by FINZ leadership

I’m consistently impressed with how much FINZ accomplishes for the sector. Including the excellent conference which was one of the major inspirations for our WCFC conference. 

23 Mar 2020

The vibe was electric!

"Thank you for a wonderful couple of days of all things Fundraising you and your committee brought a fantastic conference to life.

The vibe was electric and everyone was commenting on how good the conference had gone.  

Blackbaud is proud to sponsor such a great organisation."

12 Jun 2019

Thanks for your support!

Thank you to the FINZ team for all the support we got this year. Really appreciate everything you guys did to help us out for the conference and on the digital marketing side of it. 

6 Nov 2019

First time I've seen new concepts in a fundraising magazine - very exciting!

I have over 10 years fundraising experience here and in the UK, and this is the first time I have seen a few new concepts in a fundraising magazine that I genuinely wasn’t aware of – and that is actually very exciting!

  • Laura