Honoring the passing of FINZ CEO David Irving

On September 21st, the Fundraising Institute of New Zealand (FINZ) and the fundraising community generally, was saddened to hear of the sudden passing of the FINZ CEO, David Irving.

David sadly died less than a year after he took the helm (CEO) of FINZ, an organisation where he made a big impact, making important changes and leading the Wellington team. He was the co-founder and CEO of Fronde, founded in 1992, and the former CEO of The Life Flight Trust (2009-2014). He was also the CEO of Synergy International (1998-2005). He was a gentle, kind, thoughtful and generous man whose skills and commitment to helping others will be forever remembered. He is survived by his wife, Sue, his children and grandchildren.

President of FINZ, Kate Russell told us “David had a wonderful, calm way about him. He approached the strategic projects we had to hand in a measured, deliberate manner and was excellent at prioritizing what was really important. The FINZ Board truly enjoyed working with David and I know his staff loved him and his wonderful sense of humour and caring management of the national office. He will be very much missed.”

Members of the CFRE community who feel moved to do so may leave a message on David’s remembrance page.