A preview of Philanthropy New Zealand Summit 2021

March 22, 2021

Summit 2021 is ramping up to be an inspiring conference for philanthropists and grantmakers wanting to learn and explore new perspectives to address the urgent challenges of our time.

We’re offering two types of registration. The funders package is for those in the grantmaking space; it offers full access to keynotes, workshops, unconference sessions and the option to attend a regional viewing party. The keynotes package is open to anyone with an interest in philanthropy and grantmaking, and gives access to six online keynotes over three days.

Here’s a preview of some of the content you have to look forward to from our exclusive range of keynotes and workshops spanning three days!

Day one: Amplifying impact – Te whakarahinga pānga

Join us on day one to hear from an eclectic mix of international and local keynotes who will share cutting-edge practices supporting funders to contribute to their mission beyond money.

The funder package offers multiple workshops covering topics such as impact investment, social procurement, governance, reducing your carbon footprint, and advocacy.

There will be an opportunity on day one for funders to attend regional viewing parties in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch.

Spotlight on a keynote: Outside the funding square


Daniel Growald (Co-Chair of BankFWD) and Valerie Rockefeller (Co-Chair of BankFWD and Board Chair of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund) are two of the keynote speakers in our line-up.


Daniel and Valerie are fifth generation members of the Rockefeller family who have launched BankFWD. Its purpose is to persuade major banks to put an end to fossil fuel financing.

The keynote is made possible by our partnership with NEXUS New Zealand & Pasifika.

A sneak peek into the ‘Agents of change workshop’

We are seeing grantmakers and philanthropists making bold decisions to confront social, environmental and racial injustice through advocacy. This workshop will explore how you can engage with policy makers and the public through powerful and safe avenues which advance critical issues.

Christchurch Foundation’s Raf ManjiJ R McKenzie Trust’s Robyn Scott and Todd Foundation’s Seumas Fantham will discuss how their organisations work to be agents of advocacy.

Workshops to look forward to: Trustees speak on governing beyond grants; Hot off the press – the latest case study research on philanthropic impact investing; Funders discuss walking the talk internally through levers like social procurement and reducing their carbon footprint; A deep dive into a new funder collaboration to amplify education equity.

Day two: Reimagining communities – Te whai whakaaro anō ki ngā hapori

Keynote speakers will discuss equity informed and community-driven grantmaking to support inclusive, just and prosperous communities in Aotearoa. A key focus of the day will be discussing the implications of our bicultural foundation and challenging the systemic imbalances in power.

Later in the day funders will have the opportunity to engage in workshops to better understand Te Ao Māori and hear a range of different voices on community aspirations.

Spotlight on a keynote: Towards taurite (balance) in Aotearoa New Zealand


You won’t want to miss this! Remarkable New Zealanders Jamie Tuuta and Jennifer Te Atamira Ward-Lealand discuss how Aotearoa can achieve taurite (balance) reflecting its bicultural foundation in a keynote session at the Philanthropy Summit 2021.


Jamie’s roles include Chair of Tourism New Zealand, Māori Television, and Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Mutunga. His philanthropic engagements include being Chair of Taranaki Mounga, a conservation project involving Government, iwi and philanthropy and Ka Uruora Trust, a programme of services supporting whānau to improve their financial wellbeing and achieve financial independence.

Jennifer Te Atamira Ward-Lealand is an actor, director, teacher, intimacy coordinator and Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit. Her journey as a non-Māori to learn te reo Māori and advocate for its importance contributed to her being named Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year 2020.

A sneak peek into the ‘Refugee and migrant communities on achieving inclusion in Aotearoa’ workshop

When funding for culturally diverse communities, letting go of the authority allows community knowledge to drive decisions that have meaningful, long-lasting impact. This workshop will talk about taking risks in decision-making and having a strategic approach. This panel will focus on former refugee and migrant background communities, and their aspirations as Kiwis. The panel will include Momentum Waikato CEO, Kelvyn Eglinton; Trust Waikato Trustee, Anjum Rahman; and Belong Aotearoa Systems Change Activator, Najira Khanam.

Other workshops to look forward to: LGBTQIA+ take stock and what’s needed for equity; Pasifika voices inform and advise funder on next steps; and Possibility from the lens of being disabled.

Day three: Aspiring together – Te wawata ngātahi

Keynotes will inspire you with new perspectives on how to progress system supports needed for impactful giving. Keep your eyes peeled for our closing keynote speaker announcement, they will share their vision of a world where philanthropy and grantmaking as we know it is no longer needed.

Take the leap from knowledge to progress by attending workshops that include sessions on: data and evaluation; how to make seeking funding easier; preparing for and responding to crisis; our Covid response; supporting a sustainable planet; and hear from a philanthropist as to his giving journey and advice on how we can inspire more generosity.

A sneak peek into the ‘Data for change: opportunities, limitation and the future’ workshop

Data shapes decisions and informs our worldviews. It can help us understand and tackle wicked problems, or send us down unhelpful pathways if it is poorly collected, governed or understood. Join us for a conversation on the opportunities, limitations and future of data in philanthropy and social change.

Hear from Vodafone NZ Foundation Manager Lani Evans, Nicholson Consulting Analytics Lead Ben Ritchie and Nicholson Consulting Chief Executive Officer, Kylie Reiri.

Other workshops to look forward to: Philanthropy’s role in systems change and getting involved; Making things easier for fundseekers; Governance; Sector readiness for major events/disasters; and Sustainable planet.

We can’t wait to share the Summit 2021 experience with you. Register for early bird prices before 7 April.