Working together will mean real success

Working together will mean real success

Stacey-ScottStacey Scott
Chair, CFNZ
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

See further photos from our national hui on our Facebook page.

Progressing the Vision

Progressing the vision

Kelvyn Eglinton
CEO
Momentum Waikato Community Foundation
11 April 2018

At recent Institute of Directors conference the Minister of Finance, the Honorable Grant Robertson, noted the aspiration of the Labour Government to define the success of New Zealand, not simply by Gross Domestic Product growth and economic data, but by also including the way in which we address our national social and environmental measures.

The concept of utilising the Living Standards Framework to identify key measures that New Zealand should address and setting targets for how the whole of government should seek to impact positively on social issues is a key step change for New Zealand as a country.

Already we have seen the Prime Minister set Child Poverty reduction targets within Treasury and other departments. Additionally, the Minister stated that to resolve these issues, business leaders and government were going to have to partner with the social sector.

Importantly this provides an avenue for philanthropy and Community Foundations throughout New Zealand to align the needs of their communities with their generous donors and thoughtful gifting, with the government and business focus areas.

Here at Momentum Waikato, and through the evidence-based and robust Vital Signs process, we have a clear approach to identifying the region’s aspirations and issues for resolution.

And it is through the act of giving that we seek to leverage other investment to make profound change in society for the betterment of the Waikato community and make ‘a better Waikato for everyone; forever’.

To do this we are focused on three main objectives:

  • Building a Long-Term Endowment – The Waikato Future Fund such that the fund generates returns that can be granted to change agents within our communities in perpetuity.
  • Secondly, we want to link generous donors to issues and subjects that matter to them and in doing so leverage other donors who have the same interests and leverage greater returns for the donors and the agencies.
  • And thirdly, we want to drive and support transformational projects and programmes, our current project being the Waikato Regional Theatre. Future identification of regional transformational projects will form a pipeline of opportunities to leverage partner funding.

We see philanthropy as thoughtful giving – the philosophy being that we seek to make significant investments and grants to change agents who will make disruptive change and positive impact to issues that are important to society and the environment.  Key to this is the linking of donor centric interests to the evidence-based Vital Signs findings.

Momentum Waikato is also keen to explore how innovation can be utilised to impact on social issues.  How can creativity and execution of ideas be supported by philanthropy to positively impact change?

To be able to lead this organisation, in a time where the communities need to leverage all of our collective wisdom in new and innovative ways, is a great opportunity.  To build on the work of the previous CEO Cheryl Reynolds and work with the current team to progress the vision of Momentum Waikato is exciting.

We look forward to sharing our journey with you and learning from you as we go about making Waikato the most generous region on the planet.