'Takeaways' the
2019 FINZ Conference


When: June 12-14
Where: Waipuna Hotel & Conference Centre, AUCKLAND


You can book your place for the 2019 Conference now and get in ahead of the crowd.

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Awards Applications for the 2019 FINZ Conference will be open at the end of January 2019.


More to be announced in the New Year, watch this space!



Lynne Wester

Lynne Wester
Key Note Speaker

Lynne Wester strongly believes that donor relations is the key to unlocking fundraising success and that organizations must be as dedicated to the donor experience, or DX, as they are to the ask itself. Sometimes referred to as the Olivia Pope of fundraising, Lynne helps organizations when they need it the most – when crisis or opportunity arrive.

Lynne and her teammates at the Donor Relations Guru Group partner with nonprofits large and small on a variety of initiatives from developing sound strategy and vision to utilizing technology and creating meaningful donor engagement - all designed to positively affect the fundraising bottom line. Her guidance has led her clients to be recognized on the national stage for fundraising innovation, creative communication, and groundbreaking donor relations work.

The DRG website in a unique industry tool filled with resources, samples and thought leadership on donor relations and fundraising. Lynne is regularly featured in publications such as the Washington Post, Chronicle of Philanthropy, and CASE Currents and has authored three books of her own on a myriad of industry topics.

Lynne received her B.A. from the University of South Carolina, holds a Masters in Strategic Fundraising and Philanthropy from BayPath University, and proudly sports a DUCKtorate from the Disney Institute.


Simon Scriver

Simon Scriver
Key Note Speaker

Website and blog is: www.changefundraising.com
TEDx video is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncena7WjFpI
Podcast is: http://www.changefundraising.com/podcast/

Simon Scriver is a professional fundraising consultant, coach, trainer, Board Member and practitioner.

Simon has won Fundraising Ireland's 'Small Budget, Big Impact' and ‘Supplier Of The Year’ Awards, as well as Eircom’s Start-up Award. He is a TEDx speaker and has previously won the Toastmasters UK & Ireland International Speech Contest. A board member of a small non-profit ‘Making Connections’, he also sits on the Advisory Panel of Rogare, the international fundraising think tank, and is a member of the Institute of Fundraising and the AFP.

Simon also offers consultancy to some of the biggest and smallest charities in Ireland and abroad. He offers advice and training to non-profits to make their fundraising more cost-effective, speaking regularly at international conferences. He holds a Diploma in Fundraising and a Certificate in Fundraising.


Jeff Brooks

Jeff Brooks
Key Note Speaker

Jeff Brooks has been serving the nonprofit community as a writer, strategist, and creative director for nearly 30 years.

He has worked with organizations around the world, including CARE, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, World Vision, Feeding America, World Wildlife Fund, and dozens of Salvation Army divisions.  He has planned and executed hundreds of campaigns in direct mail, print, radio, digital, and other media that have motivated millions of donors to help make the world a better place.

He is a "Fundraisingologist" at Moceanic.com, he blogs at www.futurefundraisingnow.com, podcasts at www.fundraisingisbeautiful.com, and is the author of three books: The Fundraiser's Guide to Irresistible Communications, The Money-Raising Nonprofit Brand, and most recently How to Turn Your Words into Money. He lives in Seattle.



Sean Triner

Sean Triner
Key Note Speaker

Trained comedian, deadly snake rescuer and accomplished fundraiser. English wit, Australian directness. Mathematician and copy-writer.

Then throw in a diverse range of charities I have worked with from dozens of countries and I promise there will be something new, something interesting and most importantly – something that will make your cause more money in every talk I give.

After fundraising in the UK from '88 up to '02 I worked in events, direct marketing and my last job before crossing to the dark side - heading up fundraising and marketing at UK mental health charity, Mind.

The dark side wasn’t too dark. In 2002, I co-founded the Pareto Fundraising and later a charity call centre, Pareto Phone and we helped charities raise over $1bn.

After selling the business to concentrate on training I co-founded Moceanic, dedicated to lifting your ability to increase revenue for your charity.

"Sean profoundly shaped me as a fundraiser. With him you get some greater sense of meaning and boundless new possibilities. You also get very practical, evidence-based insights into how to raise more money quickly. If you’re looking for eureka effect, Sean is definitely your go-to person.” Jason Smith, Aussie fundraiser.


Kerren Morris

Kerren Morris
Key Note Speaker

“Problems” says Kerren “are just opportunities in disguise!”.

Kerren joined Pareto Fundraising in 2018 with a mission to help fundraising teams get better results in the short term, while mapping out sustainable growth plans over the long term.

Previously Head of Fundraising at Red Cross, and at Cancer Council, Kerren has managed large fundraising teams and budgets within complex organisations. Kerren’s work in the fundraising sector followed many years of senior leadership roles across publishing, pay TV, retail and online.  This broad and deep experience means Kerren is as comfortable discussing the soft decline rate on early tenure regular givers through to mapping an enterprise wide 5 year growth plan.

With a proven “Living Strategy” formula, Kerren takes teams on the journey of discovery, to unearth opportunities and build solutions on the foundations of data and evidence.  “A real strategy is one that guides your everyday work and motivates you to keep striving for those long term goals.”

You’ll often find Kerren at a white board happily solving complex problems with a few brightly coloured flow charts and an opportunity map or two.

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