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Grand Millenium

71 Mayoral Drive, Auckland, 1010

Thursday the 19th and Friday the 20th of September

Full participation in our one-day Nest Fest Aotearoa, NZ is applicable for 6.5 points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.


Nine Sessions

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Nine+ Speakers


2 Massive Masterclasses!


Designed by you for you

Your Nest Fest Aotearoa, NZ Masterclass Speakers


Very Limited Only 20 Spaces For Each Masterclass!

Lynne Wester

Elevating Donor Relations and Communications for Donors: Strategies for Impactful Engagement

Join us for a transformative day class and workshop specifically crafted for professionals dedicated to advancing donor relations and engagement within their organizations. This immersive session is designed to empower you with the insights, techniques, and innovative approaches necessary to cultivate deeper connections with donors and drive meaningful philanthropic support. In an era where donor expectations are rapidly evolving, staying ahead with adaptive and personalized strategies is key to sustaining and enhancing donor relationships.

Giving Architects & Friends

Fundraising simplified: Expert overview and insights for new fundraisers

This 101 Masterclass provides a comprehensive yet concise overview of essential elements in sustainable fundraising programs. Participants will explore key features such as ethical standards, crafting a compelling case for support, and identifying potential supporters. The course delves into effective communication, impact reporting, and engagement strategies. Additionally, it covers significant fundraising program components, including digital engagement, donor acquisition, retention strategies, regular giving, major donors, legacy giving, trusts and foundations, and business support. Essential fundraising management practices and current trends and market observations will also be discussed, offering a well-rounded introduction to the fundamentals of successful fundraising.

Main Event Speakers And Session Titles

Friday 20th of September

Lynne Wester Acknowledgement Best Practices for Any Size Shop

Ian McQuillan Fundraising ethics and its important role in effective fundraising

Laura Golland How getting ready for fundraising growth can grow your income.

Ella Francis Let’s talk about the ‘F’ word (Failure)

Shanelle Clapham and Mamta Blatt  Growing your Bequestors using Facebook

Michelle Berriman Leading from the Heart: Fundamentals of Relationship Fundraising

Fi (Fiona) McPhee – Mobilising Support across your organisation

We encourage you to inform yourself about each of our fabulous speakers below!

Community Designed Education

Collaboration, co-design, and community led decision making is the ethos of what we do at the Fundraising Nest. How can we do this in a way that is open, honest, and transparent?

We ask YOU what you need and WANT to learn about, and we make it happen!

Our Two day Nest Fest will bring good energy and a zest for learning while ensuring dull moments are few and far between. So be prepared to take part in a few (gentle but fun) icebreaker games that will keep our sense of community alive before we get into the learning!

Our speakers have extensive practical knowledge, skills, and experience bringing a training day that will be productive, helpful, and more importantly one that you genuinely enjoy.

Funding your future – Building a Nest Egg for you

We are committed to the development of fundraisers, and we show our commitment to your professional development opportunities with our Donation Nest Egg Scheme. 

We are giving away a full scholarship to Nest Fest Down Under!

We are giving away a full scholarship to Nest Fest Down Under!

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Some little birdies told us...

“I had the privilege of attending Nest Fest in Pōneke on a scholarship, and it ignited my creativity, ambition, and left me with new ideas and learnings to bring back to my team at Experience Wellington. As a newcomer to the fundraising realm, Nest Fest immersed me in a wealth of invaluable knowledge and experience.

Nest Fest provided a unique platform for learning, networking, and collaboration within the fundraising sector. Michelle and Esha did a fantastic job of creating a warm, open, and safe space for us to come together and share our successes, trials, and everything in between. It was priceless to learn from one another in a non-judgmental, non-competitive environment.

The scholarship allowed me to partake in a conversation that I might not have otherwise been able to join. This was a wholly rewarding experience that significantly contributed to my professional development. It broadened our horizons and exposed us to innovative ideas and best practices in fundraising, directly applicable to furthering our mahi in Pōneke.

The knowledge and connections I gained at Nest Fest have already started benefiting Experience Wellington. We’ve nurtured relationships with other charitable organizations in the region, put into practice new tools learned during the day, such as ChatGPT, and drawn inspiration from fresh perspectives. Our team is exploring creative approaches to our work, fostering a culture of continuous improvement and adaptability.

Attending Nest Fest was an investment in our organization’s growth and in the Pōneke community we serve. I extend my gratitude to Nest Fest and to those who made this scholarship possible. The impact of this experience will undoubtedly have a lasting influence on my work, and I encourage others in the nonprofit sector to seize such opportunities for growth and transformation.” 
– Emily Callum

Snapshots from Nest Fest 2023 – Auckland & Wellington

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