Community Foundations New Zealand – Latest updates…
By Eleanor Cater
15 March 2017
I was going to give this a really fancy name but ‘A Blog Post on Community Foundations’ will do just fine. By world standards community foundations are a fairly new concept in New Zealand and spreading across the country and it’s easy to see why; place-based philanthropy is well-aligned with the kiwi way. We care about our communities and we care about their uniqueness and the people and causes within.
It is also widely quoted that place-based philanthropy is the fastest growing form of philanthropy in the world. People love and take ownership and pride over their communities and those with a philanthropic lean often chose a local cause for their generosity.
And, believe it or not, it’s incredibly hard to give your money away effectively! So a credible and respected foundation in your community which will give your money away effectively, meeting your wishes as donor, is key.
There’s a saying among community foundations across the world that ‘If you’ve seen one community foundation…. you’ve seen one community foundation.” That certainly rings true here in New Zealand where we have grass roots people giving small and large donations in their life through to incredibly large acts of philanthropic giving from those of substantial means. They are all doing it differently and each of our 14 community foundations are responding uniquely but, most importantly, they are all doing it and they are all focused on what is best for their community.
And surely it’s all philanthropy? Big or small? Wanting to give be a part of something that is bigger than yourself, wanting to really make a difference or leave a footprint on the world? I think that philanthropy is for everyone. And so is community.
We will, over time, have some guest bloggers here, from both New Zealand and from around the world, sharing their experiences, learnings and thoughts on philanthropy and how we might encourage more of it.
We know that there is a will, we just have to find a way to connect up local causes with generous people who want their support to live on in perpetuity. That’s pretty much, in a nutshell, what we do here in community foundations across the country. Will you join us? We are building permanent endowments at a local level for future generations to benefit from, forever.
It’s an incredible encore for your life’s work, don’t you think?