Are you looking for philanthropic and community advice and support?  I am an independent consultant who works alongside philanthropic individuals, funders and community sector organisations who want to more effectively support the communities they serve.  I am also a blogger, board member and public speaker on philanthropy and community issues.

Examples of the kinds of advice and support I have provided:

Working with Philanthropists:

  • Supporting a family to define, set up and implement their philanthropic giving
  • Providing ongoing support to expand philanthropic giving, for example, researching community needs and shortlisting possible recipients
  • Managing a community consultation and RFP (Request for Proposals) process for a youth facility

Working with philanthropic foundations, local government and other funders:

  • Facilitating a strategic review for a funder board and team and then supporting the implementation of the new funding strategy
  • Running grantee perception surveys and reviewing and improving funding processes
  • Supporting a board and team pending the appointment of a new CE

Working with Māori:

  • Being an independent committee member for a kaupapa Māori funder
  • Co-facilitating a workshop for a mainstream organisation to self-assess how well they work with rangatahi
  • Exploring ways for philanthropy to better understand and embrace kaupapa Māori giving practices

Working with Community Sector organisations:

  • Facilitating strategic planning and supporting implementation of the plan
  • Running culture building workshops
  • Supporting CE and board development

My experience

  • Previous roles include Executive Director of the Todd Foundation and Chair of Philanthropy NZ
  • I currently hold governance roles at at Te Muka Rau Charitable Trust (Chair), the Edmund Hillary Fellowship, the Ngāi Tahu Fund  and Innovate Change
  • My background prior to philanthropy includes entrepreneurship, IT, consultancy and business management.  Highlights include co-founding one of NZ’s first Internet Development companies, receiving the ASB Business Woman of the Year award and being awarded the NZ Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to business and the community.
  • I am personally involved in philanthropy and the community, including setting up our own family philanthropy in 2004 and volunteering all my adult life

How I work

  • People come first.  Positive, reciprocal relationships are key to how I work
  • I listen, learn, co-create and share my knowledge and skills
  • I combine big picture thinking with a practical approach – I make things happen
  • I am happy to have a coffee and chat to explore possibilities and can occasionally work on a pro bono or koha basis

 What I bring to my work

  • Deep knowledge of philanthropy and funding
  • Broad knowledge of the community sector
  • Leadership experience in governance, organisations and projects
  • A commitment to treaty-honouring relationships and ongoing learning of Te Reo Māori and Tikanga Māori
  • A strong track record of taking organisations to the next level through strategy development and implementation
  • Credibility and strong networks across multiple sectors

What people say about my work

  • “We were fortunate to have your intelligent , calm and warm presence work with us over last few months . You did way more than help steer the ship – you helped us turn it around” (Trustee of a funding organisation)
  • “We are absolutely thrilled with the work you did – insightful, timely. Your approach was  gentle, inquiring and challenging” (CE of a funding organisation) 
  • “You have strong integrity in the way you work with people that enables them to interact with you as an equal regardless of how they come into contact with you” (Trustee)
  • “a huge thank you for opening our conference with such a thought provoking presentation. I had many people mention that you articulated their concerns and challenges perfectly and said what they had been afraid to say.” (Conference organiser)
  • “You are a reflective authentic thinker who will listen, digest and reflect on ideas or new information. Linked to this is your ability to simply communicate the results of your thinking” (CE of a community sector organisation)

 My vision

  • A just, caring and interdependent world where everyone thrives

My values

  • Empathy and Caring
  • Relationships and Reciprocity
  • Learning and Wisdom
  • Can-do attitude

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