Our strategic priorities

Philanthropy New Zealand has four strategic priorities to guide our activities to 2018 and help us achieve our vision of a thoughtfully generous Aotearoa/New Zealand.

1. Strengthen and diversify Philanthropy New Zealand’s membership
We will strengthen and diversify our membership by:

  • providing targeted promotions and offerings to potential members, focusing in particular on high-net-worth individuals, youth, and the Asian and Pasifika communities
  • developing a Youth Advisory Group and launching a youth membership category
  • establishing new forums for individuals and families with an interest in philanthropy and for those with an interest in community development
  • continuing our other funder networks – the Environment, Youth, Canterbury Recovery and Business Giving Networks.

2. Build Philanthropy New Zealand’s reputation as a high-profile thought leader
We will build our reputation as a high-profile thought leader by promoting generosity, informing philanthropy and influencing the Government. The activities we will undertake to achieve this include:

  • developing a Generosity Campaign to encourage, inform and inspire generosity
  • inform philanthropy with research, analytics and trends
  • partnering with the Foundation Centre in New York to develop a technology platform to provide access to international research and publications
  • continuing to engage with and advocate to the Government on key issues, and to hold regular high-level cross-Government meetings.

3. Actively encourage our members to support Māori development and Māori aspirations
We will actively encourage our members to support Māori development and Māori aspirations by:

  • running regional forums to inform funders who want to better engage with Māori
  • designing a short training programme on what the Treaty of Waitangi  means for philanthropic funders and how to develop relationships with iwi
  • continuing to increase the Board’s and staff’s understanding of tikanga Māori through regular cultural training sessions led by Philanthropy New Zealand’s kaumātua.

4. Promote excellence in philanthropy
We will promote excellence in philanthropy through a professional development programme that includes:

  • regular seminars with international and national experts
  • network and affinity groups for members
  • our biennial conference