Working together will mean real success
5 October 2018
Again we saw the incredible sharing of energy and ideas at our national gathering in Wellington this month. It’s a privilege to work with so many gifted people across the sector so dedicated to encouraging people to think personal generosity leading to community transformation.
It’s certainly been an action-packed year for the Community Foundation movement in New Zealand. Our initiatives, projects and events around the country explored new ways to create lasting impact, for today and for future generations.
When Community Foundations of New Zealand was formed our movement had a vision to bring people together, to foster professional development and to increase our impact through collaboration. Today we have over $110m under managed funds, in the past year 800 grants have been made to local communities, and 80% of New Zealanders have access to their own Community Foundation. Significantly, hundreds of millions of dollars more are in the pipeline as bequests gifted in Wills to local communities. These really are staggering results from such a young movement in this country.
Just as the number of donors and grants grow each year, Community Foundations of New Zealand continues to grow and evolve. We do this together with many partners around the country who share our vision of a more community-led future for us all. It has been extraordinary to watch the Community Foundation movement grow its reach, influence and impact from one end of the country to the other… and beyond.
As we look to the future, we see a constantly evolving country. We are getting older, becoming more diverse, more urbanised and are using technology in ways that were difficult to imagine even a few years ago. Part of our responsibility as a national network is to anticipate and respond to such changes to help build stronger, more inclusive communities of tomorrow.
Growth demands evolution and while Community Foundations remain deeply committed to place-based philanthropy, we are increasingly recognising that our community is not just defined by the place we live in. We all belong to many different communities and CFNZ is committed to strengthening and supporting those connections to help create a better future for all New Zealanders. To that end, CFNZ will continue to support all forms of engaged and accessible philanthropy, so our members can support the issues and causes important to their communities.
We saw in Wellington this month again the dedication of our members to continuing the growth of community philanthropy across New Zealand. We were honoured to have the Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector, Hon Peeni Henare, join us and his message to us was to get organised and to be clear on how we can work more effectively in partnership with Government. And, as always, we appreciate the vision and support for our mission from our partners, The Tindall Foundation and Craigs Investment Partners, both of whom have been crucial to our success so far.
Coming together is the beginning, staying together is progress, and working together will mean real success.
A few photos from our national Workshop, 2-3 October 2018