About the Mentorship Program:

Applications for a February intake are now open.

The FINZ Mentor Programme is only available to members. It matches a mentee to a mentor to meet for a total of 4 – 6 sessions. Mentoring may be conducted in-person, via phone or via Skype.

If you are seeking a mentor, simply complete the Mentor Application Form below. It is up to you to check the Mentor / Mentee listings to find the mentorship you are looking for. A list of available Mentors is below.


From a Mentor...

"It’s a privilege to be a Mentor.

I learnt the principals and practices of Fundraising from people who were willing to share their knowledge and experience. There was no cost, they were just happy to pass on what they had learnt.

To me, it’s only right that I do the same and being a Mentor is one way of doing that. Hopefully I‘ve added, and can continue to add, some value!

The Mentees I have worked with have been based throughout New Zealand, from a cross-section of charities and have all been fantastic. I still keep in contact with many.  

To be able to listen, guide, suggest, support, encourage is, as I said, a privilege and to be honest, a lot of fun. I’ve learnt so much and love seeing other fundraisers flourish. If anyone is thinking of  becoming a Mentor (or Mentee), please look on the FINZ website for more information."


Amanda Crozier

Amanda Crozier - Portugal
World Vision NZ

About Amanda: 
Amanda is a strategic leader with 10+ years of corporate and non-profit experience, driving marketing and fundraising initiatives nationally and globally. Amanda is a leader and a problem solver, her expertise is predominantly in high value – building strategic partnerships strategies, global sponsorship, cause-marketing, social impact and donor relationships. 

In her most recent roles at the British Red Cross and then Make-A-Wish International, Amanda has worked with many multinational companies, including Aviva, AstraZeneca, Accor, The Walt Disney Company, establishing partnerships with mutual benefit for all parties. Amanda has also led resource mobilization across million dollar emergency appeals.As Vice President of Fundraising and Marketing at Make-A-Wish International, she led the development of an international fundraising strategy across 39 Affiliates, implemented an organizational change process and set a plan to diversify income streams. 

Amanda is dynamic and determined to deliver meaningful results for some of the world’s most important causes. Currently based in Lisbon, Portugal, where she resides with her husband.


  • 10+ years Fundraising Experience
  • Certificate in Philanthropic Psychology from the Institute for Sustainable Philanthropy
Amanda Stanes

Amanda Stanes - Auckland
Keystone Trust

About Amanda: 
Amanda is currently General Manager, Keystone Trust. The Trust supports young people who have financial/circumstantial need, with scholarships/pastoral care as they study at tertiary level for for a professional career in the property/ construction sectors. Amanda has held governance roles with the Order of St John and Epsom Girls Grammar School. She has an impressive track record of successful delivery in the education / not-for-profit sectors having worked with University of Canterbury, AUT University, Auckland War Memorial Museum, University of Auckland and most recently Auckland Grammar School.

Amanda has experience in capital campaigns, annual appeals, bequests, sponsorship, events, membership, alumni development, working with teams. Amanda brings a wealth of experience in fundraising, alumni engagement, event and communications management and sponsorship liaison.


  • CFRE
Annabel Lush

Annabel Lush - Auckland
Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand

About Annabel: 
Fundraising Professional with many years experiences across the broad spectrum of philanthropy with senior roles in a number of New Zealand organisations including the University of Auckland, The Heart Foundation, Malaghan Institute, Make-A Wish, the Auckland Zoo Charitable Trust and Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand. Have also worked as a consultant to several leading not for profits in the health, youth and education sectors.


  • Post Grad Marketing, University of Auckland
  • A multitude of courses taken and conferences attended over the years (often as a speaker) through FINZ, FIA, ADAPE, BBCON, MA etc.
  • Not for Profit Advisory Board, MA
  • Include A Charity Board and now Advisory Committee
Eleanor Cater

Eleanor Cater - Wellington
Community Foundations New Zealand

About Eleanor:
Kia ora fundraisers,

Gifts in Wills are the future, if you are not working in this space you are not future proofing the income streams of your charity and you are missing out on the most golden of fundraising opportunities!

For a time I worked for FINZ running their Include A Charity bequest campaign and today I run the membership organisation of Community Foundations of NZ, which specialise in stewarding bequests to be invested for the benefit of communities across NZ.

Through donor work, a variety of courses and connecting with international experts and research I have learned much about bequest fundraising and my observation is that this specialist area is not well understood in NZ. I'm keen to share my knowledge and skills with fundraisers in NZ, particularly those starting out in the bequest fundraising space.


  • 5+ years experience, specialising in bequest fundraising expertise
  • Completed The Great Fundraising Masterclass by Philanthropy & Fundraising International
  • Multiple FINZ conferences
  • FINZ events
Gavin McLellan

Gavin McLellan - Wellington
Life Flight

About Gavin: 
I can offer substantial fundraising experience over 20 years working across a range of causes including arts, alumni, children, conservation, health, overseas development. My career has been in Scotland and UK, now I am residing in the Wairarapa with my kiwi family. Currently I am currently managing major donors and legacies at Life Flight Trust in Wellington.

I have covered capital appeals, fundraising strategy, major donors, alumni development, developing teams, change management, and working with boards and stakeholders. I have also been a conference speaker, mentor and coach with fundraisers in the UK and would love to support my Kiwi fellow fundraisers


  • Member CIoF (UK) 2007
  • Currently doing Diploma in Coaching with Institute of Leadership & Management ILM (UK)
Gwen Green

Gwen Green - Blind Low Vision NZ

About Gwen: 
I am passionate about fundraising and get huge satisfaction in supporting and helping others to develop their own fundraising potential. I have over 20 years of experience, both in New Zealand and the UK. Starting off as a fundraising administrator - I have worked at all levels of fundraising and across all disciplines - including as a hands-on fundraising CEO. In particular, I have a strong passion for strategy development, integration of income streams, integration of fundraising and communications, and developing new strategy and innovation. All the while ensuring positive donor experience is matched with the best possible ROI. For more about me, visit my profile on  https://www.linkedin.com/in/gwen-green-09873314/


  • IoF Certificate in Fundraising - 2004
Jasmine Groves

Jasmine Groves - Palmerston North
Universal College of Learning

About Jasmine: 
With 10+ years experience in engagement and fundraising and a 20 year career spanning marketing, communications and advancement, I have worked in education, non-profits and the corporate sector. I have lead and been part of high performing teams. Mentoring for me is a journey for both sides, as questions are asked, questioned and trailed. For more about me, visit my profile on LinkedIn


  • Educate Plus Excellence Award, Alumni and Community Campaign
  • Educate Plus International Conference 2018
  • UCOL Quality Recognition Award
  • Excellence in Service Provision, February 2019
  • Educate Plus Conference Speaker • Melbourne 2015
     Topic: Data segmentation, lifecycles and approaches to alumni for advocacy and creation of opportunities
  • IEAA | International Education Association of Australia Speaker • Melbourne 2015
     Topic: Data segmentation and advocacy for recruitment
  • Educate Plus Conference ‘Switched on and Savvy’ Speaker • New Zealand September 2019
     Topic: Digital channels for engagement and prospect research
  • APRA Australia (2020) Member - Apra is the premier organisation for fundraisers who specialise in prospect research, analytics and relationship management.
Jenny Caston

Jenny Caston - Auckland
Director of Willpower

“Together, making an impact for good”

About Jenny:
I'm passionate about empowering others to reach their potential, exceed their expectations, gain knowledge and skills and make a positive difference in their roles.

I enjoy achieving great results, adding value and contributing to the journey of organizational success.


  • Gifts in Wills trained by Dwyllis Brown
  • Senior Gifts in Wills specialist
  • Fundraising, marketing and sales across corporate and nfp sectors
  • Experienced in direct marketing, digital strategy, database management, donor and stakeholder communications and relationship management.
Jim Datson

Jim Datson - Tauranga
Project Periscope Ltd

About Jim:
Worked professionally in fundraising since 1982 and been involved in a wide-range of volunteer and paid roles spanning governance, management, fundraising, HR, volunteer management and service delivery in both New Zealand and Australia. As Project Director for Project Periscope Ltd, Jim is responsible for advising Boards and management teams on fundraising development options and critiquing organisational performance and programmes.


  • OStJ.Dip Bus Admin, B.Sc, FFINZ
  • I was New Zealand's first CFRE
  • I was made a Fellow of both FINZ and FIA in 1989
John Henton

John Henton - Wellington
Cancer Society - Wellington Division

About John: 
John is the Cancer Society - Wellington's, Fundraising and Communications Manager. He has extensive marketing, communications and leadership experience forged in the industrial coatings, paper merchant, retail consumer goods and newspaper/media sectors. John has a commitment to contribute to the community and as a fundraising mentor, he will work with you to develop your strategic fundraising skills across all income streams.


  • NZ Certificate in Fundraising
  • Post Grad Diploma in Management - Service Marketing
Laura Golland

Laura Golland - Wellington
Malaghan Institute of Medical Research

About Laura:
I started my fundraising career as a corporate fundraiser in London and have since expanded my skill set to include most of the fundraising mix. The last 8 years has seen a shift of focus more towards individual giving, developing and growing direct mail, regular giving and bequest programmes. I am a strategic fundraiser with a good view of the bigger picture and making sure that I know and understand the emotional connection my supporters have to my organisation is key.

I am a big believer in the importance of having the systems and processes in place to support effective fundraising so that you can provide the best possible supporter experience on a limited budget. I am also a fan of data to get the insights that help me to understand what is important to our supporters and how to maximise fundraising income. 


  • 15+ years experience across the full fundraising mix, both here and in the UK.
Lisa Rudolphe

Lisa Rudolphe - Auckland
Auckland War Memorial Museum

About Lisa: 
I've just celebrated seven years as Head of Development at Auckland Museum. We deliver a varied portfolio of fundraising so I can talk turkey about a lot of subjects and I have lots of governance and board contact so confident to work through structures and team dynamics. What I'm really keen on is understanding your challenges and working on solutions together.

As a mentor, I will be pretty straight forward and aim to provide practical advice.


  • Practical experience working with Cancer Society (4 years) and Auckland Museum (7 years)

I entered life as a fundraiser based on my marketing, sales and management experience. While my qualifications and training started in marketing, (specialising in direct marketing) I've also enjoyed the benefits of numerous leadership and management programmes across my career...the journey continues!

Lizzie Quill

Lizzie Quill - Auckland
Oxfam Aotearoa

About Lizzie:

With ten years’ experience in fundraising, five in strategic and leadership roles, I am currently the Fundraising Events Manager at Oxfam Aotearoa. I have a background in peer-to-peer fundraising, mass participation and high-profile events, strategic change, innovation and team management. My experience means that I am dynamic all-rounder… a Jill of all trades, which many of us will know is invaluable in the fundraising sector. I’m particularly excited and invested in data-driven insights and well-crafted supporter journeys. I believe in the ethos of working smarter not harder, constantly look to support and develop my team, and I am a firm advocate for mapping processes, challenging assumptions and driving change.

Nadia Steenkamp

Nadia Steenkamp - Wellington
Public Outreach Aotearoa

About Nadia: 
I have been working in the Fundraising sector for close to 3 years now -- started my journey in the F2F field, doing actual F2F fundraising in the streets of Wellington, Shopping Centers as well as Door to Door. I have work on 7 x F2F campaigns and also managed the Wellington office after the first lockdown to ensure we comply to all the new PFRA COVID-Safe rules & regulations. During this time I have fully understood the meaning of when "Tough times don't last but tough people do"! I also proudly serve as a Board Member for the PFRA in Aotearoa. Today I am a Key Account Manager for 8 clients (charities) across Aotearoa & Australia for both the F2F and TM space. 10+ years experience in Management (various sectors/industries). Experienced as a Key Account Manager for both F2F & Telemarketing (Fundraising sector) including acquisition, upgrades, reactivations & bequest calling.


  • PFRA Board Member
  • Diploma in Management 
Nicki Sayers

Nicki Sayers - Wellington
Guiding Light Research

About Nicki: 
I'm a fundraiser and prospect researcher with nearly 20 year's experience in the charity and education sector.
I've had hands-on experience of many of the fundraising disciplines including direct marketing (mail and email appeals), database management, grant writing, major gifts (including bequests) and donor and stakeholder communications.
I also have extensive prospect research experience, managing the process from discovery to the ask, including the management of prospect data and the development of individual cultivation plans.


  • Certificate of Direct Marketing
  • Fundraising 101 and 201 (Fundraising School, Indiana)
  • Numerous FINZ and Educate Plus conferences as an attendee and presenter
Rebecca Scelly

Rebecca Scelly - Wellington
Outside Insights Ltd

About Rebecca: 
I’m Rebecca and an experienced Fundraiser with 17+ years experience. I’ve fundraised around the world. I consider myself a lifelong student of fundraising, always listening and learning.


  • Formerly CFRE
  • Indiana University School of Fundraising 101 & 102
  • Tutor for the Certificate of Fundraising
  • Heaps of workshops and short certificates 
Sas Pearce

Sas Pearce - Tauranga
Waipuna Hospice

About Sas: 
I believe in coaching and sharing knowledge and experience to help individuals achieve positive lasting change. Before you consider whether or not we are a good match, mentor & mentee, let’s be upfront. Having me as a mentor won’t automatically fix every business or fundraising challenge you may be experiencing. However, I hope that by sharing my knowledge and experience I can help you set goals and milestones, provide feedback, accountability and direction, and act as a sounding board. 

Here’s a bit of info about me before you dive right in…

I am a creative and results-driven Business & Fundraising Development Professional with plenty of passion, drive and vision. I have more than 20 years’ experience in strategic income development, project management, marketing, communication and training development for NGO and not-for-profit organisations. I have extensive knowledge on community fundraising development, with many years’ experience in fundraising appeals and campaign delivery. Good understandings of planned giving programmes such as regular giving, bequest and payroll giving. I have extensive experience in donor management and stakeholder engagement initiatives and have a successful track record in increasing income via individual giving programmes. My work also includes event management, training and leading workshops for international and national NGOs and charities.

Let’s connect and chat – and see if I can be of any help.


  • Msc Project Management, UK
  • MA International Community Development, Canada
  • MCIoF (AdvDip), UK
  • 6 years experience working with United Nations Development Programme
  • Over 20 years work experience with the charity sector and government agencies (The National Trust UK, Department of Health UK, British Red Cross, Cancer Society of New Zealand, Alzheimers Society of New Zealand and Waipuna Hospice)
  • Governing experience as Founding Trustee of Sailability Tauranga Charitable Trust and Board trustee of Disabled Sailing Trust (Rotorua)
Sebastian Grodd

Sebastian Grodd - Wellington
Life Flight Trust

About Sebastian: 
Seb is a passionate fundraiser and has been involved in the Not For Profit sector for almost two decades. As the Head of Fundraising, Marketing and Communications he has the honour of stewarding Life Flight’s generous family of supporters.

“Our donors, partners and volunteers are incredible and I love being able to share stories with them of a daring chopper rescue they have made possible or a baby they have helped save,” he says. Seb says his dedicated and talented team is a pleasure to work with. A highlight was creating the top-rated ‘Life Flight’ TV ONE series, beaming the organisation’s life-saving work into the homes of 750,000 New Zealanders. He is a regular speaker on the conference circuit. When not fundraising he’s never far from the ocean, often seen paddling out for a dawn surf at local beaches or having a stroll along the coast to help his baby girl Lola drift off to sleep.


  • Bachelor of Communications - Major Public Relations
Stephanie Maitland

Stephanie Maitland, CFRE - Auckland
Maitland and Associates Ltd

About Stephanie: 
I have been a fundraising professional for over 25 years working either as a staff member or contractor with local, regional and national charities.

I'm a generalist fundraiser, not specialising in a specific area. My current work covers mainly funding applications, gifts in wills programmes, direct mail, special events and donor development.

I have a wealth of knowledge and experience of fundraising principles and practices and look forward to assisting you.


  • Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) since 1998
  • FINZ Membership since 1991
  • Fundraising conferences across New Zealand and Australia
  • Training through FINZ and the University of Indiana

I've presented at many FINZ training opportunities including the Certificate in Fundraising, conferences and local divisional events. 

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