The FINZ Regional Committees are your source for local fundraising events. They are YOUR voice on the Board and to the National Office.
The Regional Committees regularly host in-person fundraising events in the form of Mix & Mingles (a networking focused gathering of peers) and Fundraising Roundtables (led by an expert in a Fundraising field, including discussions with your peers about what obstacles you are currently facing and the wins you have achieved. An opportunity to share knowledge and resources).
From Cape Reinga to Taupo (includes Te Moana a Toi - Bay of Plenty)
From Taupo to Waitohi - Picton (includes Te Matau-a-Māui - Hawkes Bay)
From Waitohi - Picton to Rakiura - Stewart Island
Meet your Northern Representatives:
Northern Secretary (She/Her)
Nicky has been involved in fundraising for ten years, nine of which were with Auckland Museum as the Development Manager specialising in trusts and grants and major donors. She recently moved to the University of Auckland to be part of the Alumni Relations and Development Team, as the Development Manager in the Creative Arts and Industries Faculty, and is enjoying working with major donors and the variety that this role brings. Nicky recognises the importance of supporting FINZ in gaining professional recognition for fundraising and the opportunity FINZ provides to members for professional development, provision of resources and networking.
Kathryn has worked in the not-for-profit sector for 13 years. Initially as Event Manager at The American Chamber of Commerce in NZ, then Fundraising Manager at HELP (while gaining her Certificate in Fundraising). Kathryn works at the Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT) as Partnerships and Fundraising Advisor. She is responsible for grants, works to identify, manage, and support sponsorship and partnership opportunities, and coordinates the bequests strategy. Kathryn has been a FINZ member for nine years and this is her second term on the Northern Committee. Kathryn’s goal is to continue making a positive contribution to fundraising in NZ.
Kellie has been involved in the not-for-profit sector for over five years in Administration and Fundraising for Kidney Kids NZ. She is aiming to obtain the Certificate in Fundraising. Kellie is responsible for Grants and Foundations applications and feels she has finally found the perfect position where she can challenge herself, learn continuously and grow her passion for fundraising. Kellie joined the FINZ Northern Committee in 2018 after receiving a scholarship to attend the FINZ Conference. She has served for two years and wants to continue to contribute with her experience and time.
Alison has a background in retail, marketing, sales and communications, in corporate roles and her own businesses. Her passion for fundraising started as a teenager supporting Barnardo’s. Alison was the Founding Trustee and Chair of the Hawke’s Bay Breast Cancer Trust. She has worked for the Waikato/BoP Cancer Society for the last five years in Individual Giving, Trusts & Foundations, Sponsorships and Bequests. Alison believes in nurturing relationships, sharing knowledge and ensuring FINZ members find value in their memberships – particularly outside the major centres. She greatly appreciates the fantastic work that FINZ undertakes on behalf of its members.
Rebecca joined the FINZ committee after attending the FINZ conference as the FINZ Northern Scholarship place in 2020. She has recently taken up the role of Regular Giving Lead at St John. Following the conference, Rebecca was keen to become a committee member as she recognised the benefits of having opportunities to meet and connect with others in the sector and the important role that FINZ plays especially when it comes to education, personal development, and advocacy.
My name’s Greta and I proudly represent our region on the FINZ Northern Committee. My Not-for-Profit experience spans 20 years, with volunteer work, research work for the University of Auckland, community funding support via Auckland - Waitakere City Council, and Foundation North Grants Advisor roles, and my most recent role as General Manager for Northland Community Foundation. I now work as an independent contractor for the Northland DHB and Strategic Grants NZ & Australia. I live in the beautiful Whangarei Heads with my husband and two sons aged 8 and 10 years old.
Isobell has been with Parenting Place Charitable Trust for four years in various roles. Currently the Grant Funding Coordinator, she has been working within the grant funding area for just over 18 months and is looking to explore the bequests area this year. Isobell loves attending online webinars, reading recommended fundraising books, and continually upskilling her writing skills. Newly enthused for fundraising, Isobell believes she will be a great asset to the FINZ Northern Regional committee.
Adam Ford is a founding trustee and current Chief Executive of the Peak Foundation. At the age of 19, Adam, alongside his fellow trustees, started the Foundation with a common goal of making lottery fundraising available to more charities. Adam and the Peak Foundation work alongside many charities in New Zealand, from small sports clubs and community groups to major charities on a national scale, exploring and implementing lottery fundraising into core revenue streams. Alongside his work, Adam studies at the University of Auckland Business school, majoring in Accounting and Finance.
For the past ten years Anastasia has worked across multiple not-for-profits in a variety of fundraising roles to fulfil her greatest passion: match making! She loves matching donors who want to change the world, with the people and organisations who can. Her current role as Donor Development Manager at the University of Auckland sees her working to strengthen the bond between mid-level donors and changemakers. A lifelong learner, Anastasia recently obtained her CFRE and is excited to give back to the fundraising community.
As a career fundraiser with experience across fundraising spectrum including health, arts and social services, being part of the Northern Committee is a great opportunity to give back and celebrate the people and the mahi of our fundraising community. I am thankful to FINZ as it has provided me with excellent training, resources and professional comradery over the last 15 years. Along the journey my colleagues and I have received a number of FINZ awards for major campaigns, sponsorship and trusts and grants, while my role as a FINZ mentor has provided the very enjoyable opportunity to support others.
I’ve been a fundraiser for over ten years, with a background in events and peer-to-peer fundraising. I love being part of the change; educating and inspiring donors and event participants to connect with causes, be part of a cause community and – in the case of peer-to-peer – challenge themselves for something they believe in. I’m excited to be part of the FINZ Northern Committee because I’m a strong advocate of sharing and learning and want to support others as we all learn (and adapt!) together. It comes back to connection, across the fundraising community, with our peers, and with our supporters.
Most of my working career has been spent in the not-for-profit and charitable trust space. I’m now Fundraising & Marketing Manager at Rotorua Community Hospice, and previously was the Marketing & Sales Manager for Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari. I have made purposeful decisions to remain in the sector. Being able to support our communities in essential work that people care about is what gives me purpose. I live in Rotorua where I enjoy horseback riding and attempting to keep fit.
Meet your Central Representatives:
My name is Josie and I have grown up and continue to live in Lower Hutt. I’ve been part of the fundraising sector now for just over two years, working for IHC doing donor care and some digital work. I’d love to continue to be a part of the FINZ Central Committee, as I can see that FINZ, as an organisation, really provide for both budding and experienced fundraisers and feel it’s an excellent opportunity to meet more fundraisers and give back to my industry. I’ve had previous experience on committees, being both a part of my local Cake Decorator’s Guild as their secretary and still reside on the Committee organising New Zealand’s largest cake decorating exhibition and competition. I feel with this experience on previous committees, and seeing things through the eyes of a relatively new fundraiser I would provide valuable insight to the Central Committee.