Conversations with Friends

There’s nothing like a catch up with friends! Join us from the Nest Studio to catch up with fundraising friends from across the globe. They impart the kind of wisdom, insider secrets and vulnerable connection that makes the fundraising sector…

All of these and more right now in the Fundraising Nest Community Hub

Erica Waasdorp - Friend of the Nest

August 30th, 2023

Today we chat to erica waasdorp. We delve into the world of regular giving over the last 30 years and why Erica loves working in this particular space.

Erica has been helping nonprofits raise more money through appeals and monthly giving.
30+ years of passionate experience in Monthly Giving, Appeals, Direct Response Fundraising, Direct Marketing, International Direct Marketing, Public Affairs, Advertising, Grant writing, Events. AFP Master Trainer, Speaker, Blogger, Webinar and Workshop presenter especially on Monthly Giving and Appeals.

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Duration: 24:02

Maven Time with Dr Cassandra Chapman

August 23rd, 2023

Dr Cassandra Chapman holds a PhD in the psychology of charitable giving (University of Queensland) and is now an Associate Professor of Marketing and ARC DECRA Fellow, specialised in donor psychology and fundraising.

It is safe to say that the Future of truly understanding the psychology of charitable giving is bright with Dr Cassandra at the helm………AND listen now to hear our plans for Dr Cassandra AMA (Ask me Anything) coming later this year to the Fundraising Nest.

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Duration: 17:10


August 16th, 2023

Michelle: “This was one of my favourite conversations I have every had. I did not know @Cherian Koshy before we met and it is so much more fun when you find out all about people when you interview them!

AND I have been waiting all year to properly talk to someone about Thinking Fast and Slow and here was my opportunity.

If you do ONE thing today – Have a listen while you are working!”

People are inspiring ūü§Ě

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Duration: 21:28


August 3rd, 2023

This week’s Maven Time is with the delightful, knowledgeable and globe trotter fundraiser that is¬†Rebecca Scelly. Rebecca gives us insights in how INGO’s approach professional development, what we should know and learn from the progression and benefits of having a transparent and staff based approach to investing in staff professional development and and the trends we can learn from our neighbours in Asia.

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Duration: 21:28


July 26th, 2023

Michelle Berriman¬†joins her biggest inspiration and fellow Scot, Ken Burnett to discuss his recent visit to Kenya, why the legacy he created at Action Aid continues to be celebrated, and why relationship fundraising continues to be relevant and revered to this day …..

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Duration: 21:57


July 19th, 2023

New friends Michelle Berriman and Tom Ahern finally meet to discuss the power that a new generation of Fundraisers hold and how this can only be a good thing for our profession. Tom acknowledges that the world has changed, not only in Fundraising, but for him personally. Tom shares with raw honesty and vulnerability the impact that the devastating loss of Simone Joyaux Рhis wife, his soul mate, his everything Рhas had on his life. How do you find comfort in a loss so great?

This interview will touch you and inspire you.

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Duration: 29:36

Maven Time with Fi McPhee

July 12th, 2023

Old friends Michelle and Fi chat about the Benchmarking Project, Fi’s love of data, the growth that can be achieved in individual giving if Charities do it well, and the ongoing need for Fundraisers to be given the trust and autonomy to learn, develop, grow AND make mistakes…with a little bit of hillwalking thrown in too!

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Duration: 23:18


July 7th, 2023

Meet our newest Nest Maven, Dominique Leeming! Her and Michelle chat about their earliest fundraising memories, empowering entire communities to be generous, legacies and what the future holds for the sector.

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Duration: 22:11

Maven time with Heather hill

May 26th, 2023

Nest Maven Heather Hill discuss her work with global foundations, education sector fundraising, not reinventing the wheel and questioning everything with Michelle. 

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Duration: 22:58

Maven time with Ligia Pe√Īa

May 25th, 2023

Join¬†Michelle Berriman¬†and Fundraising Nest Maven,¬†Ligia Pe√Īa¬†as they talk people inspiring people, imposter syndrome, and the effect of culture and language on Philanthropy. Watch Ligia’s 2021 interview with Nest friend¬†Jake Thornton, here.

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Duration: 26:02

Maven time with ashley rose

May 15th, 2023

Fundraising Nest Maven, Ashley Rose, joins Michelle in the Nest Studio. They talk the haves & have-nots, the magic of human connection and the power of spoken word.

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Duration: 20:16

ALIYA DENZEISEN - friend of the nest

May 12th, 2023

Aliyah Denzeisen¬†joins¬†Michelle¬†in the Nest Studio to talk advocacy, women as “the neck” of communities, the impact of the March 15, 2019 terror attacks on Islamic youth (in particular) and where FR intersects with it all.

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Duration: 39:46


May 11th, 2023

Michelle chats with Nest Maven, Dominique Antarakis as she discusses her desire and motivation to help people do better. Dominique reminds us that nobody in a charity can do everything themselves. Collaboration and sharing is what leads to success.

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Duration: 22:26

Maven Time with Sue Barker

May 10th, 2023

Michelle caught up with with the fabulous Fundraising Nest Maven, Sue Barker (Charities Law). This is a gritty, honest, and open conversation about the decision making process in NZ that will effect everyone working in the Charity Sector.

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Duration: 28:38

Maven Time with NIGEL HARRIS

May 8th, 2023

Michelle talks curiosity, pursuing knowledge and growth as opposed to failure with Nest Maven, Nigel Harris.

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Duration: 26:30

Community Hub Launch - Day TWO

May 5th, 2023

Join us in the Nest Studio with¬†Cory Hall¬†on May 5th, 2023. In the meantime, on the Anniversary of her passing, watch¬†Jake Thornton¬†(2020) in conversation with Simone Joyaux, in our¬†Gone…but still essential¬†Space.

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Duration: 18:20

Community Hub Launch - Day One

May 4th, 2023

The Community Hub was buzzing on May the 4th as we launched YOUR new fundraising focused social media platform live from the Nest Studio. Watch the full show here with special guests and Fundraising Nest Mavens Lynne Wester, John Lepp, Leo Orland and Terri Sheahan, hosted by Chief Nester Michelle Berriman.

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Duration: 1:56:35