What we do

Philanthropy New Zealand is the peak body representing and supporting philanthropy and grantmaking in Aotearoa New Zealand. Our members include trusts, foundations, community groups, individuals, investors, local government and iwi. As the hub of philanthropy in New Zealand, we facilitate collaboration and offer practical guidance for anyone with an interest in giving to make the world a better place.

Our vision is for a thoughtfully generous Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Our purpose is to promote effective philanthropy and grantmaking by supporting our members, and providing leadership and a facilitative environment.

Our members include private philanthropists; family, community and corporate foundations; and iwi and community trusts. We also have a Community membership category for not-for-profit organisations.

We offer representation, networking, professional development and information to the philanthropic sector. This includes our biennial conference, the Philanthropy Summit. We also carry out regular research and we advocate for the sector with both local and central government.

Philanthropy New Zealand is a non-profit, independent organisation. About half our income comes from membership fees; the rest comes from a range of sources including sponsorship, conferences and events, seminars and speaker tours, and from contract services such as our philanthropic advisory services.

Giving NZ 2014“Philanthropy is the act of giving financial resources to a cause that is intended to improve general human well-being, and where the giver expects no direct reciprocation.”

– Giving New Zealand: Philanthropic Funding 2014