Nov 1, 2017
The reason I am concerned that the flavour of FINZ has swung away from its roots, is that it seems to be for the wrong reasons. The first big change was the employment of a CEO and his realisation that he needed to widen the reach if he was to meet his income targets. As he was full time (while the members were part-time volunteers) his urgency trumped due process. Since then, the agendas have all been driven by the employees or those offering money. There are separate membership groups for grant-making bodies (Philanthropy NZ), 'advancement' specialists (Educate plus), street solicitors (PFRA) and I am sure that there needs to be an advocacy group for charities too. Maybe that's FINZ's role now. But do those paid to fundraise need their own professional body? Are we different enough? Personally, I think that once you get senior or experienced enough to be able to influence policy decisions of your employer, you need to have the kind of support we'd expect from being part of a profession. Perhaps there is a large enough group of us for which that applies. Is NZ big enough for a body for Charitable Income Professionals? If there are enough, I'd be happy to help.