Reflections on our national hui


Reflections on our national hui

Arron Perriam
Executive Director
Community Foundations of New Zealand
23 May 2022

It’s been said a conference can be a real litmus test of one’s organisational culture. Is this an org. where I belong, where we can disagree and have robust conversations then enjoy a glass of wine and laugh together? Is this an org. where there’s an even playing field, where we can celebrate our successes, and positively acknowledge our weaknesses and embrace learning, and explore opportunity?

Kelvyn Eglinton. Momentum Waikato Community Foundation greets Cyril Howard, The Tindall Foundation

If our May 2022 conference was indeed a litmus test, then I think the test result was a resounding ‘positive test’ that overall our CFNZ membership network is grounded in a very healthy organisational culture. We know how to laugh, learn, to let go and simultaneously take hold of new opportunity for growth and impact.

Minister Hon. Priyanca Radhakrishnan at conference opening
Craigs Investment Partners, conference partner

Growing Community Impact – Whakaaweawe tē hāpori, was the theme of our 2022 conference, and one of the pronounced impacts of the conference was simply the opportunity to be together.

Monique Baldwin, The Tindall Foundation


As the moments caught on camera reflect, our time together was rich balance of learning and laughing, sharing and caring, thinking impact and seeking growth in our collective impact.

Victoria Johnson and Elizabeth Ashford, Advance Ashburton Community Foundation
Amy Carter, The Christchurch Foundation
Fiona McPhee, Philanthropy and Fundraising Australia-NZ, speaks about what makes a Great Fundraising Organisation
Jennifer Belmont, Wakatipu Community Foundation
Em Lewis, Nikau Foundation
Kenneth Leong, Auckland Foundation, speaks about new funds for migrants in Auckland
Margot McCool speaks about Acorn Foundation's Vital Signs Youth research report
Josh Hickford, Taranaki Foundation, speaks about local partnerships creating impact
Kim Martin, Craigs Investment Partners
Hamish Anderson, Clutha Foundation, with Mary Ross, Advance Ashburton and Bill Holland, CFNZ Ambassador
Amy Bowkett, Hawke's Bay Foundation
Lori Luke, Acorn Foundation
Salesforce.org, conference supporters
Rosemary Sloman, Eastern Bay Community Foundation with Melody Mobsby, Auckland Foundation and Raymond Key, CFNZ Board Chair
Josh Hickford, Taranaki Foundation with Clive Pedley, Te Awa Community Foundation and Arron Perriam, CFNZ
Janine McDiarmid and Glenda Stokes from The Sunrise Foundation, at the CFNZ conference dinner
Gavin Larsen, CEO of Top of the South Community Foundation and Black Caps Selector, speaks about Community Foundations - and cricket! - at the CFNZ conference dinner
Lisa Miller, Craigs Investment Partners, chats to the Nikau Foundation team at the CFNZ conference dinner
Meg Dismer and Billy Wickenden from Salesforce.org meet the teams from Geyser Community Foundation, Auckland Foundation and Supergenerous at the CFNZ conference dinner
Dame Fran Wilde, Chair of Nikau Foundation chats with Bryce Barnett, Chair of Taranaki Foundation at the CFNZ conference dinner
Cyril Howard (Tindall Foundation), Kenneth Leong (Auckland Foundation), Monique Baldwin and Martina O'Driscoll (Tindall Foundation) at the CFNZ conference dinner
Acorn Foundation team, day 2 of conference
Richard Spackman, Aoraki Foundation
Vanessa Bousfield, Hawke's Bay Foundation
Annette Burgess, Geyser Community Foundation
Jamie Newth, Soul Capital, speaks on Impact Investing
Erin Matariki Carr runs a session on the Ki te Hoe framework for funders
Neil Richardson Momentum Waikato, Clive Pedley Te Awa Community Foundation and Arron Perriam CFNZ, deep in reflection during the Ki te Hoe session
Tim Dorrian, Aro Digital, runs a session on digital marketing
Nicola Hartwell and Sophie Lane, Northland Community Foundation
Lisa Miller, Craigs Investment Partners and Dame Fran Wilde, Nikau Foundation
Jehan Casinader on 'Leading with Stories'
Eleanor Cater, Membership Director, CFNZ

A very hearty acknowledgement and thank you to you all for attending, supporting, contributing and simply turning up in a way which created such a valuable and worthwhile time for others – you made an impact!

Ngā mihi nui, Arron.

Arron Perriam, Executive Director


Photo credits: Julia Sabugosa Photography


Date Posted: 23 May 2022

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