Preamble and Criteria
FINZ Board resolved that the Henry Rosso Award should be granted solely:
“For engaging in significantly valuable activity over and above one’s normal activities and this has created long-term beneficial effects upon philanthropy and/or the fundraising profession.”
Eleven awards have been made since the Award began in 1992 and there is no obligation to make an award every year if no suitable candidate has emerged, nor should awards be limited to one in any one year if more than one should be made. Persons visiting from overseas can be given the award as, when, and in, what numbers are considered appropriate. An award may also be granted to someone who is not a Member of FINZ for their outstanding contribution to fundraising in New Zealand.
A Citation Letter stating simply and concisely why the Award has been conferred accompanies each award and is read aloud at its presentation.
Unlike other awards, this is not open to general application and is on the exclusive recommendation of the FINZ Fellows to Board.
Honorary FINZ Membership for Awardees
In 2010, the FINZ Board resolved that this Award should also carry with it an Honorary Membership of FINZ for future Awardees. The Hon Peter Dunne was thus made a FINZ Honorary Member.
The FINZ Constitution reads:
4.2 Membership categories are as follows:
(e) Honorary Membership may be conferred upon a person, not necessarily a fundraiser, who because of distinguished, generous or otherwise meritorious services to the fundraising profession deserves to be honoured by the Institute. Honorary Members hold no voting rights and are not eligible to hold office.
5.6 Honorary Membership may be conferred by the Council at its sole discretion on the recommendation of not less than three (3) voting Members which shall contain such details as shall be necessary to support it.
FINZ Fellows interested in proposing a person for this Award are invited to do so in alignment with the FINZ Fundraising Excellence Awards, meeting the same deadline as the Awards each year, to the National Office who will prepare the necessary information and forward it to the FINZ Fellows for recommendation to the FINZ Board.
Hank Rosso Nomination