Consultancy

Are you looking for philanthropic and community consultancy services?  I help philanthropic individuals, funders and community sector organisations to more effectively support the communities they serve.  I am also a public speaker, a director and a blogger on philanthropy and community issues.

Examples of recent work

For Philanthropists:

  • Supporting the creation and implementation of a giving strategy
  • Researching community needs and recommending funding options
  • Managing a community consultation and Request for Proposals process

For Funders:

  • Facilitating a strategic retreat for board and team
  • Supporting a board and team pending the appointment of a new CE
  • Running grantee perception surveys
  • Designing and implementing a new funding strategy

For Māori organisations:

  • Providing an independent perspective on a funding committee
  • Being an independent sounding board for CEs on strategy development, funding and relationship management

For 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 Thinktank Charitable Trust (Chair), the Ngāi Tahu Fund  and the Edmund Hillary Fellowship
  • 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 and the work I do
  • 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 respectful, caring world where everyone thrives and everyone contributes

My values

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

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