The best job in the world
Advance Ashburton Community Foundation
14 November 2018
I consider myself one of the luckiest people in the world to be able to do what I do. Working in the philanthropic world of Community Foundations is a continual feeling of being both inspired and awestruck. Being able to meet everyday people that have such a passion for their community, that wish to be the changemakers and give so generously to causes that they care deeply about, is a privilege.
The concept is amazing and simple: local people are taking charge of transforming their communities by leaving a legacy that will positively impact the community for future generations to come. The impact will reach far beyond the measure of their lifetime; it’s strategic giving with real intent for transformative change.
As George G Kirstein very wisely said, “apart from the ballot box, philanthropy presents the one opportunity the individual has to express their meaningful choice over the direction in which our society will progress.” Here through our local Community Foundations we are helping people to find that opportunity.
When a vacancy arose on the Board of Community Foundations of New Zealand, it was an opportunity I didn’t want to miss. This team is inspiring Community Foundations nationwide through strong leadership, guidance, advice and a collaborative approach to lobbying for change. I can’t help but feel very honoured to be a part of such an inspirational team and I look forward to being able to offer a new dynamic with my hands-on experience.
We live in such impressive communities, with an overwhelming network of generous people, whether it be from volunteering time to donating money and everything in between – it is an unstoppable force that is making positive change everywhere.
Anyone can leave a legacy, and it is my passion to inspire generosity, to enable local people to donate to causes they are most passionate about. This is helping our future generations so they may never know the hardship of what it’s like to have a lack of resource or funding. It’s the best job in the world and I’m honored to be a part of it.
Sandi Wood has recently joined the Board of CFNZ, for further details and Board profiles go to the link.