SAVE THE DATES: Conference 2019

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

Call for Speakers: Workshops & Masterclasses


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.

“The Conference is where we get together to share our vision, our successes and our failures, and invest in ourselves to build a stronger and better community. It’s masterclasses and workshops, plenaries and networking and, of course a party!“

                            - The late Kitty Hilton

The organising committee invites you to submit an abstract for the 2019 FINZ Conference

Abstract Submission Guidelines

Abstracts must be submitted by 16 November 2018 and early submission is encouraged.

Key Dates

Abstracts open                                     Now

Abstracts close                                    16 November 2018

Review process completed by             30 November 2018

Notification to Author                           From 1 December 2018

Programme draft                                 14 December 2018


Submission and Speaker Notes

It is a requirement that all submissions are made on this form

  • References, images, tables, diagrams, graphs cannot be accepted in the abstract submission process
  • The presenting author(s) must register and attend the FINZ Conference
  • While authors may indicate their preferred presentation style on the abstract submission process, the conference committee reserves the right to allocate sessions based on review scores for each abstract, and the FINZ programme schedule
  • Presenters travel (may) be covered.  Accommodation, entry fee to the Conference and Awards Dinner will be covered, in return for their time

Submission Types

45 or 90 minute breakout session via:

  • Oral Presentation - present practical experience, research or theory development
  • Panel - an interactive presentation by three or more presenters focused on one topic
  • Interactive Workshop - an interactive knowledge or skill-building workshop with specific learning objectives
  • Roundtable - presenters will introduce a specific topic and facilitate an in-depth discussion by participants, and document discussion outcomes

4.5 hour Masterclass

Spread over three 1.5 hour sessions throughout the day, this is a chance for attendees to really drill down into the subject and leave with the skills and enthusiasm to be a master of the craft.

10-15 minute TED style presentation

FINZ is keen to trial TED style presentations at the 2019 conference. This will be contingent upon receiving sufficient, high quality submissions from would-be speakers. Information about TED talks is provided below. Coaching may be available.

TED talks

  • TED style talks are delivered without notes
  • TED style presentations have minimal or even no slides
  • TED style talks are personal, about a topic the speaker is knowledgeable about and feels deeply passionate about
  • TED style talks are simple and concise. Any superfluous information is taken out of the speech for the sake of time. Every second counts, as the maximum time for a TED style talk is 15 minutes. The aim is to keep the audience on the edge of their seats wanting more, not wishing the speaker would hurry up and finish
  • TED style talks take the listener on a journey with a narrative style 
  • TED style talks tell a story, the best ones evoke the imagination of the audience and allows them to experience the talk with salient sights, sounds, textures, tastes or even smells (think of how you can bring your talk to life by using sensory anchors)
  • TED style speakers are not afraid to show their human side. Share your wins but also your personal failings and losses. It forges a deep connection with the audience and they will be able to relate to what you are saying

Further Information

For further information, please email Michelle Berriman