The fastest-growing form of philanthropy in the world … and it’s happening right here!

The fastest-growing form of philanthropy in the world … and it’s happening right here!

Stacey-ScottStacey Scott
Chair, Community Foundations of New Zealand
12 June 2017

What an incredible journey it’s been getting to this point in time with 14 vibrant community foundations operating around the country.

And we can only grow; currently we are investigating opportunities in several communities so far not covered by our network. It’s our goal to give everyone in New Zealand access to their very own community foundation so they can give where they live and build on crucial and locally-managed, independent endowment funds for the future.

This year sees us striding ahead with the appointment of our first Executive Officer which will help us work on some of the more  strategic factors such as our growing our network, and growing the message that there is a credible and active vehicle for localised philanthropy in New Zealand. Our community foundations have a wealth of knowledge and one of the key strengths in our network is collaboration and information sharing. One community foundation’s success is everyone’s success, that is why expansion is so important to us, we are stronger with the sharing of knowledge and resources.

Currently we are working on developing resources for new, start-up community foundations in New Zealand and these, along with the support and knowledge base already out there, will make it easy for new community foundations to begin that journey for themselves.  It’s an exciting time of planning and development.

If you want to be in touch regarding starting a new community foundation in your community please contact us, we will be more than happy to chat through the opportunities.

When you consider that Acorn Foundation, for example, is only 14 years old and already has funds totalling $18m, with anticipated funds of $150m in the pipeline, you can begin to see what can be achieved in even small communities with a local focus, commitment and care. Know-how is important when it comes to starting and growing an endowment fund, but it’s worth all the effort as the future grant-making impact on local communities can be huge.

It’s a fact that community foundations and place-based philanthropy is the fastest-growing form of philanthropy in the world. And it’s easily matched up with the Kiwi way of generosity and loving our communities.

Will you join us?