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).
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From Cape Reinga to Taupo (includes Bay of Plenty)
From Taupo to Picton (includes Hawkes Bay)
From Picton to Ashburton (includes West Coast)
From Ashburton to Stewart Island
Sarah has over 20 years’ experience in fundraising and organisational development. Sarah is currently Fundraising Manager at Macular Degeneration New Zealand (MDNZ), where she has successfully developed MDNZ’s fundraising through growing existing programmes and introducing new income streams. Previous fundraising roles include positions at large organisations such as IHC as well as small start-ups. Sarah has a keen interest in developing and strengthening the fundraising sector. She brings extensive governance experience from education and sports directorships to the FINZ Board role. Sarah is the Chair of the FINZ Northern Region Committee and represents the Northern Region on the board.
Nicky has been a member of the FINZ Northern Region Committee for two years and has enjoyed being part of this friendly and active team in the postion of Secretary. She 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. With experience in marketing, product management, sales and finance Nicky has used her expertise to fundraise for Auckland Museum over the past nine years. Specialising in grants and foundations she has raised significant funds for all aspects of the Museum’s work.
Kellie has been involved in the not-for-profit sector for 7 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. She enjoys challenging herself and learning continuously so she can 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 three 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 been at CanTeen Aotearoa since 2018 and works as the Individual Giving Coordinator and before that has worked in various roles in the charity sector. 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.
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.
Greta Buchanan is the General Manager of Northland Community Foundation. Greta has managed the Foundation since 2017, is a Fundraising Institute of NZ member and Philanthropy NZ member. Prior to the Foundation she worked as a Grants Advisor for Foundation North, Council Grants Officer for Waitakere City Council, Marketing and Business Development for Capio Nightingale Hospitals, Research and Project Management for the University of Auckland. Greta enjoys in her spare time: yoga, swimming, running, reading and going on walks with her two boys and husband.
Isobell has been with Parenting Place Charitable Trust for four years in various roles. Currently the Fundraising Coordinator, she has been working within the grant funding area for nearly two years and has started to explore the bequests area in 2021. 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.
My Name is Adam Ford I’m 20 years old, and I’m passionate about fundraising. Since college I’ve worked with RedCrayon Marketing helping manage Coastguard NZ and Plunket Foundation lottery campaigns. I currently study at the UOA Business school part time, whilst working. In 2020 Myself, Ross Ford and Jim Datson a fellow of FINZ, set up a charity “Peak Foundation” which I’m a proud Trustee and current CEO, with an aim to make major lottery fundraising available to more charities. I believe I provide a fresh enthusiastic perspective to Fundraising providing insight to our youth audience/market. More importantly in this position I’d be surrounding myself with smart fundraisers to build on my current knowledge.
Alex Williams; Fundraising Manager Assistance Dogs NZ Trust (previously Community/Events SPCA). I would love to be able to represent the unique challenges and opportunities faced by small, national charities in Aotearoa, as well as increase representation for professional fundraising in the Bay of Plenty region. I can offer extensive experience in marketing, brand management and communications across various sectors, with particular success in strategic campaign planning and effective brand execution. I have a particular passion for empowering individuals and teams to upskill and become digitally self-sufficient, removing our reliance on unaffordable external support and further professionalizing the output of NFP brands.
Katherine has been involved in Fundraising for over six years and is currently the Donor Development Manager at Save the Children New Zealand. Her work involves all things related to their supporters from donor services, donor journey, retention and direct marketing campaigns. Katherine has developed her career in fundraising over the past few years and knows the value FINZ has in supporting professional fundraisers and ultimately, the important work of charities across New Zealand. Katherine has been on the central committee for three years (with the last year as co-chair). She is excited to continue her work in the committee and on the board to create a strong member organization that supports fundraisers in the region.
Following a decade in marketing communications in NZ, UK and Australia, Steff has spent the last decade or so working in Development and Fundraising in Australia, USA and New Zealand. Roles have mostly been in the social services sector and more recently in the arts. Steff joined FINZ in July 2019 on her return to NZ and spoke at a learning lunch about her overseas experience. She is passionate about sharing the stories of those impacted by funds raised and sharing knowledge and support with others in fundraising.
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.
Before joining the AskRIGHT team in 2019, Stephanie worked in the not-for-profit sector from 2010. Stephanie’s academic background in research utilised her skills in data analytics and large grant applications. She has worked with individual donors, foundations, and corporations, and is experienced in asking for multi-million dollar gifts, campaign planning and execution, and putting on 300+ attendee events. Stephanie has served organisations in the environmental, medical, international development, and social service sectors. She has served on the FINZ committee since September 2020 and brings three years of previous governance experience from the Fulcrum Foundation in Seattle.
I have been with Wellington Free Ambulance for almost six years and in the fundraising team for five of those. Being part of a small team means I get to work in all areas of our fundraising programme. Running our Onesie Day annual appeal has given me a lot of experience in community fundraising, but regular giving and direct mail are where my hearts at. I have been on the FINZ committee for the last two years helping with learning lunches and events, and I hope to continue.
Laura joined the Southern Committee early 2018 with a desire for learning strategies for making change. She was elected as the Committee Chair in 2020 and has enjoyed being involved in coordinating events, volunteers, and promoting the work of FINZ. Laura currently manages the fundraising and communications at Brackenridge Services – a Christchurch organisation that supports people with disabilities and autism to dream big and achieve their goals.
Rose-Marie joined the FINZ Southern committee in 2019 and enjoys using her experience to connect with people locally and nationally. Rose-Marie has worked in Corporate Sponsorship for many years both here in New Zealand and Australia. Rose-Marie is currently the Relationships Manger at Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue.
Belinda joined the committee in late 2018 and has been involved in FINZ for over a decade. She has held several CEO positions across her career in the Hemophilia Foundation NZ and Cystic Fibrosis NZ. After a period of working in the private sector, Belinda now holds the position of Fundraising Manager for Southern Cochlear Implant Programme.
Pete has been on the Southern Committee for over 5 year and has a wealth of experience in fundraising and the national community of FINZ. Pete brings a knowledgeable breadth of knowledge to the committee and is always looking to support his colleagues further. He has been involved in the print industry for over 35 years and enjoys supporting communities across the country that make a difference.
In 2021, Jade joined the Southern committee and brings with her a strong background in the Charity Sector after having worked for social change agencies in the UK, Denmark, and Malawi. Jade previously managed the Business development and Bid management for major engineering and architectural consultancies in Christchurch. Now, Jade has settled into the role of Regional Relationships Manager for The Salvation Army in Christchurch.
Sarah joined the Southern Committee in 2021 and currently works at Battered Women’s Trust (Women’s Refuge) as a fundraiser, and Christian Budgeting NZ as National Coordinator, which also relies on funding to support financial mentors across Aotearoa. She has a background in communication and administration, with roles in a variety of sectors including the corporate, education and health worlds both in the UK and NZ. In 2005, she began working in the not-for-profit sector and has never looked back, loving the challenge of finding funding for charities to help fulfil their different visions to support people in need, and give clients hope for the future.
In 2014, Jo and her family moved to New Zealand from the UK where she took up the role of Director, Alumni & Fundraising, leading a team that nurtures relationships with 140,000 alumni and supporters across the University of Canterbury. Jo was born in the UK and after what felt like a long career in marketing communications for IT companies, she joined Children 1st in Scotland in 2003 as their individual giving manager and found her calling. Since then Jo has held roles in charities, schools, and universities, and was named Scotland’s Institute of Fundraising ‘Fundraiser of the year’ in 2010.
Patricia moved to NZ from the USA in 2018 with her Kiwi husband. Patricia has worked with international non-profits for 10+ years having various roles including operations, marketing, and fundraising. For the past 7 years, Patricia been focused on fundraising, specialising in major gifts, mid-level giving, and corporate/organisation giving while also building experience in volunteer management, monthly giving, trusts/foundations, and bequests. Her style is donor-centric, focusing on connecting donors to projects that inspire them, and using storytelling to share the impact their gift is making. Patricia is currently managing the fundraising programme at the Antarctic Heritage Trust in Christchurch.
Jude has been working in fundraising since 2006, firstly at the University of Otago as the Campaign Manager and more recently at Presbyterian Support Otago as the Fundraising and Marketing Manager. Jude has many years of experience working on annual giving, direct mail campaigns, bequests, trusts and foundations, and stewardship. In her role at Presbyterian Support Otago she leads the Marketing and Fundraising team which complements both areas and is so closely connected. Jude recently took on the role of Chair for the Otago and Southland FINZ chapter and welcomes anyone wanting to find out more about this group and how we can support each other.
Stephanie Miller has over 10 years of experience in fundraising, as an annual giving, stewardship, and operations specialist. She previously worked for universities in Scotland, and moved to Dunedin two years ago to be part of the University of Otago's highly successful development team. At the University of Otago she leads the annual giving and grants fundraising functions.
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