Over 100 women gathered in Auckland earlier this month as part of the first Women Give – a summit dedicated to women’s philanthropy and the power of girls and women as change-makers. The day was organised by Women’s Fund, set up by Auckland Foundation to foster and celebrate women’s generosity and make it easy to give to and support women and girls to reach their potential.

The purpose of Women Give was to celebrate women’s giving and to create conversation around giving with impact – particularly towards women and girls, and thinking about philanthropy with a gender lens. The day was a mixture of speakers and panels.

Kate Tindall Lum from our team was part of the panel ‘women leading the way’, along with Jennifer Gill from Foundation North, Ranjna Patel and Dr Alison Taylor from the Centre for Social Impact. They answered questions about why they give and what achievements they were proud of. They also gave practical advice on how to get started with giving.

Kate said the day was inspiring and through provoking. The positive energy in the room was infectious. “It is really important that we start to think about where our giving dollar goes. Research out of Australia shows that only 12% of philanthropic foundation grants are allocated to women and girls. This shows how important it is for organisations to think about how they support women, young women and gender diverse people.”