If Philanthropy could be…

If philanthropy could be as innovative and impactful as possible, what might our world look like?* Three inspiring speakers at the recent Philanthropy New Zealand biennial conference, Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft, Judge Carolyn Henwood and Rangimarie Naida Glavish, presented a clear and inspiring picture of a land without child poverty, without child abuse, and where…

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What do funders need to hear?

I was privileged to recently co-present a series of three workshops for funders based in the  Waikato recently alongside Peter Glensor from Hui-E Community Aotearoa. At the invitation of Trust Waikato, we first explored the nature of philanthropy and the community sector, then how philanthropy can do a better job of supporting communities organisations and…

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The fishhooks of funding based on outcomes

Making social funding dependent on proving outcomes is a compelling concept – but one that is full of fishhooks. In Aotearoa New Zealand, the Social Bond pilot (also known as Social Impact Bonds) and the Ministry of Social Development’s Community Investment Strategy to Invest in Services for Outcomes are examples of this seemingly simple and…

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Beyond the Funding Game

Community funding often isn’t as transparent as it should be; games get played and thorny issues are sometimes unacknowledged and often unaddressed. I explored some of this recently at a breakfast meeting with the Fundraising Institute in Auckland: – here is my presentation: “Beyond the game, through the thorny issues and towards thriving communities.” The…

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Inverting the Hierarchy

The relationship between funders, not-for-profit organisations and the people and communities served tends to look like this:  FUNDERS (government and non-government)… decide funding (which, when and how much) for: NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANISATIONS, who… decide services (to whom, when and how much) for: PEOPLE AND COMMUNITIES In other words we have something of a hierarchy. I am…

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