Reflections from the 2015 Philanthropy Summit (NZ) - Day 2

By: Julia Steele Scott and Pat Burke, Philanthropy Australia

We were incredibly privileged to hear Dame Anne Salmond who explored the exchange of gifts between people and the environment, and how philanthropy can make the most practical difference to the life systems that support us all. Dame Anne Salmond is a NZ national treasure – recipient of numerous awards for her distinguished work as an academic, historian and environmentalist with ‘deep links to the Maori world’.

Key moments 

Dame Anne Salmond

Dame Anne Salmond spoke about the need to explore better ways to work together through setting up networks and working together with a long term perspective to social problems.

Her key points:

New Zealander’s

  • need to be bold - innovation is in New Zealander’s DNA
  • are in command of their future - the power is in the people, communities and youth
  • need to mobilise this power and keep finding the passion

Manuka Henaree

Manuka Henaree is Associate Professor in Maori Business Development at the University of Auckland. He spoke about Maori Philanthropy as an expression of humanism and reciprocity – that gifting is at the heart of Maori life.

There is no word for poverty in the Maori language, as the role of the tribal leader was to ensure that everyone is fed. But, today in NZ 280,000 children live in poverty. The challenge for New Zealanders will be how to address Maori systemic poverty; and the structures of inequality and poverty are estimated to take at least twenty years to change.

Peter Hero

One of the Summit’s most engaging speakers was Peter Hero. Peter is the founder of the US-based Hero Group, a global philanthropic Silicon Valley consulting firm. He is best known for his 17 years as CEO of Silicon Valley Community Foundation where he started with $8 million in assets and grew it to an astounding $1.3 billion. He too was touched by New Zealand philanthropy and the culture’s strong ‘sense of place’.

Peter outlined that there are emerging themes occurring globally, and they are driven by four elements:

  • New donors
  • New giving strategies
  • New rhetoric
  • Growth of impact investing

Peter left us with a number of thought-provoking concepts to takeaway and apply to our own philanthropic practices. If you’d like to read more about his interesting ideas, they will be available on the Philanthropy New Zealand site soon.

Jenny Gill

In summary, CEO of ASB Community Trust (now Foundation North announced at the Summit) Jenny Gill offered some wise observations from the Summit as Day 2 drew to a close. A few highlights:

  • NZ philanthropy reflects the nature of their culture
  • funders are forging closer relationships with grantees, and
  • the large number of attendees at the Summit (470) is a barometer of the growth of the philanthropic sector and testament to its dynamic and engaging nature.

In closing, we were privileged to be among a group of 18 Australian members and friends of Philanthropy Australia who attended the Philanthropy NZ Summit 2015. We are now more connected with our colleagues across the Tasman, and buzzing with inspiration from the thought leadership presented. We send our gratitude to our friends at Philanthropy New Zealand and our warmest thanks for making us feel so welcome. And we look forward to seeing Liz Gibbs, PNZ CEO at our Philanthropy Australia 2015 AGM where we will say Kia Ora!

Pat Burke and Julia Steele Scott, PA Bloggers signing off until the next collaboration presents itself!


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Apr. 20, 2015

 Tags: philanthropy new zealand

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