Publications produced by Philanthropy New Zealand and/or our members that we believe are of interest to the sector.



Ending homelessness – Thirteen practical suggestions

(14 August 2020 by Kate Frykberg,

Ending Homelessness – we thought it couldn’t be done. Then along came COVID-19, and, thanks to a significant collaborative effort, a large proportion of the homeless population had some kind of roof over their head at last. It wasn’t perfect, and it isn’t a permanent solution, but it happened. So how do we build from this? What is philanthropy’s role? What is our role as individuals? And how can we work together for a nation where everyone has a home to go to?

On 30 July 2020 Philanthropy NZ (PNZ) hosted a zoom-based workshop for PNZ members where an expert panel provided their advice. Here is a summary of their suggestions for how we can all be part of ending homelessness.

Download the document here.

Funding agreement templates

Kate Frykberg’s blog discusses the need for funding relationship agreements to be rethought. She proposes that funders should instead adopt a relationship agreement approach, based on mutual responsibility and accountability.

The New Zealand Support Report, JBWere in collaboration with PNZ  

JBWere’s New Zealand Support Report developed in collaboration with Philanthropy New Zealand puts philanthropic spend at $3.8b a year.

The New Zealand Support Report looks at the income the for-purpose sector received from philanthropy and grantmaking in 2018, including the types of givers and a breakdown of the causes receiving it. The report also highlights the significant role volunteering plays in New Zealand, valued at an additional $2b a year.

Read the report here.

Read the fact sheet and media release.


Readiness, Response and Recovery: A funders’ guide

New Zealand, like many counties, experiences a wide range of disasters and tragedies. In recent times, these have included major earthquakes, floods, fires and a terrorist shooting. Major events will continue to occur, and many predict that there will be more natural disasters due to climate change.

Philanthropy New Zealand (PNZ) developed Readiness, Response and Recovery: A funders’ guide for philanthropists and grantmakers. It recognises the critical role they play in preparing for and responding to major events, and helping communities recover from them.

To develop the guide PNZ engaged with a range of New Zealand and international philanthropic and civil defense experts with experience in preparing for, responding to and funding recovery from major events.

You can read Readiness, response and recovery: A funder’s guide here.

Read the fact sheet here.

Philanthropy New Zealand Stocktake of Environmental Funding Report

Philanthropy New Zealand’s Environmental Funders’ Network called for research on the amount and type of philanthropic and grantmaker funding for the environment, due to an identified need for more data on activity in this area.

Foundation North, Rātā Foundation, the Tindall Foundation and the Wellington Community Trust funded this Stocktake of Environmental Funding, which was released in November 2019.

The research identified 102 funders that distributed just under $35m of philanthropic to environmental causes. This accounted for four per cent of the total funds these organisations distributed in the 2017-2018 year.

Since then the philanthropic and grantmaker sector has increased its focus on environmental causes. You can read examples of this by the Wellington Community Trust.

You can read a two-page summary of the research here.

You can read the Stocktake of Environmental Funding Research Report here.

If you’re a funder who is interested in being part of the conversations around funding the environment contact

Philanthropy New Zealand Tangata Whenua and Diversity Research Report > PDF

This research report summarises the findings of Philanthropy New Zealand’s (“PNZ”) Tangata Whenua and Diversity Project (2018–2019).






This report captures some of the themes and energy from the two-day event that saw over 500 philanthropists, grantmakers and representatives from allied organisations gather in Wellington. An event where our collective love for humanity, our belief in the power of thoughtful generosity and our desire to make the world a better place was the fire at the heart of every conversation.

This report also outlines some of the actions and options for the sector to work on over the next couple of years. We want the Summit to be much more than something that happens once every two years. We want the collective action and conversations to continue as we all work together to inspire more philanthropy, support better philanthropy and build a stronger sector.

Download a copy of the report

The Case Foundation: A Short Guide to Impact Investing > PDF


As mentioned in the article Impact investing: empty trend or essential too? in Philanthropy News, Issue #72



Wellington Funding Mapping Project – Nikau Foundation, Generosity New Zealand, Wellington City Council and Wellington Community Trust (July 2017) 

Wellington region This interim report is the most detailed study to date of the grant applications processed and approved by the local councils and a select group of philanthropic trusts and foundations in the Wellington Region.

It is the outcome of the first phase of the Wellington Funding Mapping Project – a pilot research study initiated by a group of funders who want to have a better understanding of the demand and supply of funding in the Wellington region.

Download the Wellington Funding Mapping Project interim report

Participatory Philanthropy – A report by Lani Evans

ppfrPhilanthropy NZ board member Lani Evans has published an excellent report on Participatory Philanthropy as a result of her recent Winston Churchill fellowship. Definitely worth a read!If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch. 
Download Participatory Philanthropy Report

The Grantmaker’s Toolkit

Grantmaker's ToolkitThe Grantmaker’s Toolkit is a comprehensive guide for anyone who has an interest in getting the best out of their grantmaking. The Grantmaker’s Toolkit is full of practical information, worksheets and checklists, personal perspectives, and selected case studies of promising practices to illustrate successful work of grantmakers in the field.

Members are entitled to a free physical copy of The Grantmaker’s Toolkit. If you would like additional copies, please contact us at


The Giving New Zealand Report

Giving New Zealand is based on research commissioned by Philanthropy New Zealand and carried out by BERL. The research is updated every four to five years and provides a snapshot of philanthropic giving and associated trends during a single financial year.

Giving New Zealand measures giving in three main areas: personal giving, giving by trusts and foundations, and giving by corporations and businesses. The most recent report was published at the end of 2015 and measures charitable giving in the 2014-2015 tax year. It found that total giving for that period was $2.788 billion.  Of this, 55% was personal giving, 42% was trust- and foundation-based giving, and 3% was business giving.







Giving New Zealand: Philanthropic Funding 2014







Giving New Zealand: Philanthropic Funding 2011

Giving New Zealand: Philanthropic Funding 2006

Emerging Practices in Philanthropy

Emerging Practices

In 2012 we published Emerging Practices in Philanthropy which provides insights into new and evolving practices emerging from some of our members in their approach to grantmaking.

These include multi-year funding, building closer relationships with grantees and focusing more on learning and evaulation.

Download a copy.



PNZ Strategy info to support membership input.