Reflections from the 2015 Philanthropy Summit (NZ) - Day 1

By: Julia Steele Scott and Pat Burke, Philanthropy Australia

Haere Mai! was an often heard greeting from our New Zealand hosts today as attendees from around the globe, including approximately 20 Australians, converged on the University of Auckland. There’s a palpable feeling of good will and comradery; the two-day Summit is sure to result in new collaborations and projects.

Key moments

The Summit was opened by Philanthropy New Zealand’s Chair, Kate Frykberg, with the Maori definition of philanthropy as: the “delving and the giving of love to our land.” Kate set the scene for two days, telling us that we will be challenged to think about how to use our power, influence and/or money to address issues in our communities. She hoped the conference would stimulate not just great talk, but action.

Keynote highlights:

Justin Rockefeller

Justin is a New York City based entrepreneur and impact investor and fifth generation of one of the most significant philanthropic family in US history. Justin is co-Founder of, inspired by the Giving Pledge, which is focused on growing impact investing through the dissemination of data collection.

Justin is a firm believer in finding your ‘acupuncture points’ - your unique opportunities to add value.

Fascinated by the alignment of values and socially conscious investing, Justin is passionate about the need to collect, analyse and share data so society as a whole can benefit. But what will Justin’s legacy be? “It starts with your definition of success. It is the cumulative, positive total effect of your life on others.”  Justin believes he has the unique opportunity to add value where philanthropy and capitalism intersects. 

Sir Mark Solomon

Sir Mark is a strong advocate for the Maori economy and determined to facilitate success for Maori and Kiwi peoples by unlocking the potential of the Maori economy for the good of everyone.

What’s important to Mark? Leading, modelling and living a full collaborative approach to improving life for New Zealand’s Maori youth.  Mark stressed the importance of education for everyone - to lift the horizon of all young New Zealanders, to upskill and guide them to become leaders and be the best they can be.

Mae Hong

Chicago based Director of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and responsible for serving individual donors, foundations and corporations in the Midwest USA.  Mae spoke about the different types of challenges faced in the social sector.

Mae draws inspiration from a quote by Jane Addams (1860 -1935): “The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life.”

Day 1 certainly lived up to expectations – there has been much to draw inspiration from and many learnings for us. Day 2 is also set to be a big day, with many eminent speakers, including Philanthropy Australia’s Philanthropist of the Year for 2014, Allan English.


Reflections from Day 2 >

Apr. 16, 2015

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