Network Series

January 28, 2021

We are thrilled to launch our network series events for members.

Tune in from the comfort of your home or office for these 90 minute sessions that will accelerate your knowledge and connect you with other funders.

We are thrilled to have sector leading speakers dedicating time to share their expertise and engage with you.

Join this informal get-together to chat with those in the Auckland funder community about the challenges and opportunities facing the region.

Date: Wednesday 10 February
Time: 3 PM – 4:30 PM
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Join this zoom call to hear Dr Jason Franklin speak about family philanthropy, supporting justice, and grappling with the power dynamics of inequality. There will be plenty of time for Q&A. This event is for family philanthropists, staff and trustees.

About Dr Jason Franklin

Dr. Jason Franklin is Founder & Principal of Ktisis Capital through which he serves as a strategic advisor to a mix of progressive individual donors, families, foundations and philanthropic collaboratives. He serves as board chair of the Michigan Alliance, Treasurer of the Threshold Foundation, and is a member of the Smithsonian’s Philanthropy Initiative Working Group, Threshold ‘s High Impact Documentary Funding Circle, Our LGBT Fund at the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, and WINGS: Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support. He previously served as the inaugural Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy and as Executive Director of Bolder Giving, an organization that inspired people to give big & take more risks with their philanthropy and was credited by Melinda Gates as an inspiration for the billionaire Giving Pledge. He received his PhD in Public Administration from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service.

Date: Thursday 4 March
Time: 11 AM – 12:30 PM
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Explore the role of philanthropy in preserving the New Zealand environment and hear Linn Araboglos discuss her learnings from the recent launch of Wellington Community Trust’s climate change fund.

Date: Wednesday 10 March
Time: 10 AM – 11:30 PM
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About Linn Araboglos

Most of Linn’s career has been framed and driven by her passion to improve the lives of people, those most vulnerable and particularly children and young people. She is committed to seeing equity of outcomes for people which support overall wellbeing of our communities.

Linn has extensive experience working successfully with community organisations, funding partners, governance boards and Ministers. She has over 10 years experience working in Government Social Sector agencies in management positions and more recently as a philanthropic funder as well. She believes in supporting the critical work of community organisations to meet the diverse needs of people in Wellington and the wider region.

The Environment Funders’ Network is proudly supported by Kiwi Invest.


Three representatives from the Waikato Rangatahi Collab will discuss their involvement and engagement with different youth community sectors. We will also briefly discuss the NZ Youth Accord and ask you for your feedback on suggested plans going forward.

Date: Monday 15 March
Time: 2 PM – 3:30 PM
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What is the  Waikato Rangatahi Collab?

The Waikato Rangatahi Collab is a collaboration prompted by the Waikato Community Funders’ Group during lockdown. The Waikato Rangatahi Collab was then initiated and galvanised by the youth sector who came together to support each other in a time of need.

Over 60 groups are now represented in the Collab, which is made up of youth organisations, iwi, Pasifika, councils, funders and government organisations from across the region.  Members have continued to support each other following lockdown, and work together to put youth services at the forefront of regional developments.

As a result of close networking and relationship building, the sector has begun to reduce the gaps in the youth community through understanding where everyone fits, sharing resources and targeting community issues together.

Three representatives from the Waikato Rangatahi Collab, Molly Allen, Joanna Scott and Dujon Cullingford will discuss their involvement with the Collab and the different youth community sectors they engage with.

Molly Allen

Molly is a Grants Advisor for Trust Waikato working with the youth, environment, health, education and sports sectors. Trust Waikato is one of twelve community trusts across New Zealand and has a vision for vibrant and resilient Waikato communities. Outside of the trust you can find Molly riding mountain bikes, on the water with a paddleboard or spending time with her dogs.

Joanna Scott

Joanna works for Youthtown, which is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to empower young people of Aotearoa be the best they can be. They do this through delivering programmes for 5 – 18 year olds that are outcome-designed to unlock each young person’s potential. Joanna is a Programmes Team Leader and looks after the Waikato, South Auckland and Tauranga regions. She works with a team of enthusiastic staff who are keen to achieve the organisation’s vision and enjoys interacting with young people. Outside of work Joanna is a hockey enthusiast through both coaching and playing herself.

Dujon Cullingford

Dujon lives in the intersection of arts, youth, events, innovation and community development.

He has been working with youth in varying capacities for 15 years, including his current role at the Hamilton City Council, which has a youth wellbeing focus. As such, he collaborates and trouble-shoots with the wider youth sector and takes an intersectoral approach to youth development.







Get unique insight from your fellow local government funders from all over Aotearoa New Zealand. Catch up with the network to hear about different strategies and approaches to engaging with communities.

Date: Wednesday 17 March
Time: 3 PM – 4:30 PM
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