Terrorism Response: Information for Funders

March 18, 2019

We are reeling from the terrorist attack in Christchurch on Friday 15 March leaving 50 people dead, and many injured.

Philanthropy New Zealand is committed to helping our members and the wider community connect to the networks and resources they need to respond. We will also work with funders who want to increase their support for reducing discrimination and peace-building in the wake of this tragedy.

We will continue to update this page as we learn about more ways to help in the coming weeks.


National webinar for funders: response to terrorist attack

For funders concerned about this tragedy and how to best respond, please join Philanthropy New Zealand for a national webinar next week. More information coming soon – see our events page for more details.

Are you a funder taking action to help those affected by the Christchurch shootings, or wanting to address the underlying causes that led to this? Let us know about your actions on the PNZ member hub forum, or by emailing info@philanthropy.org.nz.


Individual donations

Many organisations in Christchurch have been flooded with requests on how to support the Muslim Community in  Ōtautahi. Most immediate needs in regards to goods and volunteers have now been met. All Right? have compiled a list of some of the ways you can show your support in the weeks to come. Read more.

If you are looking to make a contribution to support those impacted by this tragedy, there are funds which have been created to help which include:


Resources for funders

  • Philanthropy NZ have been heartened by the number and relevance of the resources and emails of support our global philanthropic family has sent to us since March 15.

    These have been compiled by PNZ’s Relationships and Events Manager Yvonne Trask. Please contact her or the Chief Executive Sue McCabe with any questions or if you’re keen to collaborate with other funders on any of these ideas.

    Yvonne and Sue also welcome hearing from funders what they are doing.

    For recommendations from around the world, please click here .

  • Lessons From Roseburg: The Ford Family Foundation
    The Ford Family Foundation in Roseburg, Oregon has been a key leader in the response to the mass shooting that took place in Roseburg on October 2015, at the Umpqua Community College.  Below are some resources from the foundation about what they learned during this tragedy

  • Charities Learn to Turn Away Support Offered by Donors Who Are Overcome With Sympathy
    Christine Benero, head of Denver’s United Way, has been at ground zero of high-profile tragedies that have prompted emotional and generous philanthropic responses, first after the wildfires that destroyed more than 350 homes this spring and then after July 2012’s mass shooting on the opening night of a new Batman movie. Too often, she says, she has seen donors and volunteers waste time and money after a crisis. And like a growing number of charity leaders, she is taking a more aggressive and blunt stance to tell donors when other groups can better use their money and when offers of clothes, food, and volunteer services get in the way of providing essential aid.  Read more in this Chronicle of Philanthropy Article
  • Disaster Philanthropy Playbook
    A compilation of philanthropic strategies, best practices and lessons learned that have saved and galvanized local economies, nonprofits, and vulnerable populations from entering into a permanent downward spiral in the wake of a disaster. For examples of funder responses following a tragic event, see the Communities in Crisis section. Read more.
  • General resources for dealing with a disaster and tragedy. Center for Disaster Philanthropy

Know of another resource we should add to this page? Email us on info@philanthropy.org.nz