Your Nest Fest Down Under Speakers And Session Titles

Lynne Wester- Acknowledgement Best Practices for Any Size Shop

Ian MacQuillan – Fundraising ethics and its important role in effective fundraising® & Bully Zero- From Zero to Millions in 24 months

Simon Oats- The Science of Storytelling: Supercharging Nonprofit Fundraising and Leadership

Michelle Berriman- Leading from the Heart: Fundamentals of Relationship Fundraising

With Chief Nester – Michelle Berriman Making Seven!

Events hold a special place in the heart of our Chief Nester, Michelle Berriman. With her expertise and passion for creating unforgettable experiences, we’re committed to upholding the legacy of exceptional events here at the Fundraising Nest.

Traditionally, one-day events feature a series of speakers, interspersed with breaks and meals, perhaps with a networking session the evening prior. However, we aspire to go beyond the ordinary and infuse our events with the values that define our community.

Since our very first event, we have aimed to showcase our community’s spirit and ethos, making each gathering not just informative but also enriching and meaningful. We believe in creating spaces where connections are forged, ideas are shared, and memories are made. Join us as we embark on this journey to redefine the event experience and bring our community’s values to life.

Our events will always be collaborative, codesigned, and grow connections and community

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. 

$50 from every registration from this event will be donated back to someone in attendance at the event. Just 30 registrations could mean $1,500 for your organisation!

This money will be directly credited to the organisation’s bank account and although it would be our preference that it is used for future PD, the money is given with no conditions

Congratulation To Those Whom We Gifted To Last Year

Rand Alomar
Community Development Lead
Islamic Women’s Council of New Zealand

Sophie Plimmer
Fundraising and Communications Coordinator
Wellington Free Ambulance

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 one 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.

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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“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

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

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Snapshots from Nest Fest 2023 – Auckland & Wellington

This event Is made possible with the generous support of: