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."


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
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
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
Lisa Rudolphe

Lisa Rudolphe - Auckland
Presbyterian Support Northern

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!

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
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. 

Dominique Leeming

Dominique Leeming


About Dominique

Dominique has over 20 years’ experience delivering successful fundraising programmes at several New Zealand charities. She is now working as a contractor helping a couple of charitable organisations work on significant fundraising projects. Previously, Dominique led the integration of marketing, communications, and fundraising at SPCA New Zealand. Prior to SPCA, Dominique guided multiple capital campaigns for Coastguard New Zealand, two were recognised by FINZ with awards in 2011 and 2014.

0In 2019 Dominique was awarded the inaugural FINZ Fundraising Leader of the Year.  

Dominique is a fellow of the Fundraising Institute of New Zealand and serves on the Institute’s Ethics Committee, she also holds governance roles with the Student Volunteer Army and Orange Sky Aotearoa.

Dominique is available to meet with new fundraisers to discuss ethical fundraising practice as well as the joys and challenges of working in this amazing sector. She will share key learnings she’s had along the way and answer any questions you may have.

“I believe working with someone early in their fundraising career is a very special privilege. I will share experiences that have helped me maintain a journey of ongoing learning and to keep my thinking up to date with sector developments. My goal is to do my little bit to help people do amazing work in the charitable sector.”


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