Research reports


Impact of Covid-19 on the community sector

Time to Shine report cover

Philanthropy NZ worked in partnership with the Centre for Social Impact, Hui E! Community Aotearoa and Volunteering New Zealand to produce this research on the impact of COVID-19 on the community sector. We surveyed more than 1400 organisations.

This provides key data needed for the community sector and those that support them to act.

See the infographic.

Read the summary report and the survey report.


Impact of Covid-19 on philanthropic funding and grantmaking

In May 2020, Philanthropy New Zealand (“PNZ”) surveyed 120 of its philanthropic and grantmaker member organisations (“funders”) to gain a snapshot in time of the impacts of COVID-19 on their funding and approaches.

PNZ undertook the survey because many of the investments and revenue streams of funders, that provide the money they distribute, have been affected. Philanthropic funders and grantmakers are also seeing changed demand for funding given greater community need.

Eighty-two PNZ funders responded. Their giving in the past 12 months represented around $432 million.

Read the one page information sheet.

Read the report – Covid-19 implications on philanthropic funding and grantmaking – Survey findings


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.



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