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“There are many wonderful organisations run by good-hearted and skilled New Zealanders who work tirelessly to help those in difficulties towards a better life. The Tindall Foundation’s partnership with Funding Managers allows its funding to reach deep into the community, enabling these organisations to bring change to those who need it most.”
This observation by Anne Dickinson, Executive Officer for the New Zealand Catholic Bishops, sums up the workings of The Tindall Foundation’s Funding Managers. Since its introduction in 1997, this model has allowed a tier of charitable groups to distribute funds on our behalf based on their expertise, contacts and local knowledge.
Funding Managers provide us with a vital link to recipient groups. The system directs bulk funds to 18 Funding Managers, who are each engaged on three-year agreements. Local Allocation Committees (in Northland, Tairawhiti/Gisborne and Taranaki) also work to make recommendations to Trustees for their regions.
Evelyn Gauntlett, The Tindall Foundation’s Systems and Relationships Manager, commented: “We have very high trust relationships with our Funding Managers, relying on them to use their local knowledge to distribute our funds within their communities. Thanks to them, we are able to give donations right across the country in an effective and efficient way.”
We delegate to three kinds of Funding Managers. Regional Funding Managers accept applications from the community within their respective regions, distributing a total of $1.2 million a year; Faith Funding Managers give out $1.6 million annually through their own networks; and our Environmental Funding Manager, WWF New Zealand, administers the Environmental Education Action Fund and the Habitat Protection Fund, which together allocate $200,000 annually.
For groups effecting social and environmental change, there are clear benefits in a structure free of administrative costs and layers of authority. On the view of Evan Fray, National Programme Director for Adventist Development and Relief Agency New Zealand, “The fact that responsibility lies with those who provide the services ensures there are fewer agents or intermediaries to dilute programmes by added administration costs.”
Kat Stanier, Grants Manager for fellow Funding Manager Auckland Communities Foundation, agreed: “Being a Tindall Foundation Funding Manager ensures we remain close and connected to our community by leveraging their considerable skills and expertise to help us make informed decisions.”
Not only has the system been effective, it is also unique, Gauntlett believes: “To the best of our knowledge we are the only philanthropic organisation in the world that uses a model whereby bulk-funded managers are appointed to allocate and oversee a significant portion of a foundation’s donations directly to the community.”
For more information contact:
Evelyn Gauntlett, Systems and Relationships Manager
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