Ground Rules for Good Governance

Governance can be a tricky thing. At their best, boards are positive places where ideas flow, problems are collaboratively solved and the people and the organisation thrive. At their worst, boards are toxic places where ideas are ignored, problems are exacerbated and the people and the organisation are damaged. The biggest contributor to a positive…

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Join the funder transparency movement

Here’s an exciting new possibility for funders in Aotearoa NZ – we can now be assessed and accredited on how transparent and accountable we are by the US-based Glass Pockets initiative.   And, having just been through this with our small philanthropic trust Te Muka Rau, I can attest that the process is useful, easy –…

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Weirdness, Inequality and Inaction

Weird story number 1:  Last week I was in Los Angeles visiting family.  Walking back from the beach there was a strong smell of burning plastic – on the steps of the overbridge was a young couple, apparently homeless, trying to barbecue pig trotters inside a plastic-coated supermarket trolley.  I considered pointing out the carcinogenic…

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Strategic Grantmaking – a conversation

I recently led a conversation about strategic grantmaking for Philanthropy New Zealand’s  excellent professional development programme, Great Grantmaking.   The session covered what strategic grantmaking means, why it isn’t necessarily easy and the pros and cons of some of the tools and approaches often used for strategic grantmaking.   Here is a summary of key points, and…

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