Abby has more than 25 years’ experience in marketing, sales, adult education, communications, event management and corporate and cause-related sponsorship.
But it’s her big hairy vision that gets her out of bed every morning – the one that brings the For-Profit and For-Purpose sectors together in accountable partnerships that change our world for the better.
It doesn’t matter if you are volunteering on a committee in your rural town, or you’re the corporate partnerships manager for a global charity, every single one of you is working for change and better outcomes, and Abby is in your corner and can teach you how to build transformational partnerships that create meaningful and sustainable impact.
After fundraising in the UK from '88 up to '02 Sean worked in events, direct marketing and his last job before crossing to the 'dark side’ of agency life was director of fundraising and marketing at UK mental health charity, Mind.
Sean co-founded Pareto Fundraising and later a charity call centre, Pareto Phone and helped charities raise over $1bn.
After selling the business to concentrate on training he co-founded Moceanic, dedicated to lifting fundraisers ability to increase revenue for their charity.
"Sean profoundly shaped me as a fundraiser. With him you get some greater sense of meaning and boundless new possibilities. You also get very practical, evidence-based insights into how to raise more money quickly. If you’re looking for eureka effect, Sean is definitely your go-to person.” Jason Smith, Aussie fundraiser.
Sean is also a trained comedian, deadly snake rescuer and accomplished fundraiser. He presents with English wit, Australian directness, mathematician logic and copy-writer creativity.
With 25 years’ experience as a professional fundraiser, Carole is an independent fundraising consultant and New Zealand Account Executive for digital fundraising providers, Frontstream. Carole specialises in fundraising strategy and structure for small to medium charities. She works remotely with virtual teams in New Zealand, Australia and Washington DC.
Carole French, B.Soc.Sc; Grad Cert NFPM; MFINZ; Member Rogare: The Fundraising Think Tank, Plymouth University.
Based in Auckland, Maria Hernandez-Curry is a Grants Strategist with Strategic Grants, a consultancy working across New Zealand and Australia to build the capacity of not-for-profits to establish sustainable, cost-effective grant-seeking strategies. Maria is passionate about environmental, community and economic wellbeing, and building the capability of people and organisaitons to find solutions, and create positive outcomes. Maria’s experience managing grants for the Auckland Council has given her insights into the complexity and challenges that both funders and grant seekers face. In her role at Strategic Grants, Maria puts her expertise in strategic planning and communication to work, helping not-for-profits plan and implement best-practice grants processes and strategy, write winning grant-applications and measure their outcomes.
Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE International)
Tom has been a fundraising leader since 2005. In this time he has helped more than 60 charitable organisations across the country (and overseas) raise over $65 million to achieve their community projects.
He is a specialist in charitable giving, including governance, strategic planning and project support for major fundraising campaigns, and was appointed by the Government to write the high level philanthropic strategy for the Canterbury Earthquake rebuild.
Tom is currently Australasian Managing Director of Compton Fundraising Consultants where he tends to work with organisations without large fundraising departments. Most recently, he planned and initiated the $40 million capital campaign for Auckland City Mission.
Kate Frykberg is an independent consultant for the philanthropy and community sector, holds governance roles on a number of philanthropic trusts and social enterprises and is a regular blogger on philanthropic and community issues.
Kate’s previous roles include Executive Director of the Todd Foundation and Chair of Philanthropy NZ. Her background prior to working in philanthropy was in IT and entrepreneurship; highlights include co-founding one of NZ's first Internet Development companies, receiving the ASB Business Woman of the Year award and being awarded the NZ Order of Merit.
Kate lives in Wellington with her husband, the youngest of their three sons, a dog, a cat and some chickens.
Sarah Doherty is a capacity builder and coach, supporting community organisations to activate their mission and play to their strengths. She brings more than 30 years’ experience volunteering and working in the sector to deliver practical solutions. Sarah is a Trustee of NZ Navigator Trust, developers of the NZ Navigator self-assessment and curators of CommunityNet Aotearoa.