With a background of 25 years in marketing and communications, Eleanor has spent the past decade working for purpose and impact, marketing for causes, national charity fundraising and is a grant-maker on local boards in her home city of Porirua.
Eleanor believes in the strength of local communities and that local people can be changemakers. "I’ve seen what a difference locally dedicated funds can make; our communities across Aotearoa New Zealand need the means to drive their own future. We help to empower generous, insightful people to build permanent funds that will make an impact and provide for future generations. Successful Community Foundations are encouraging generosity and strengthening our communities and I’m honoured to be a part of the great work and passion that is happening across the country. Ka pai rā tēnei mahi.”
Stacey has been a Trustee of Community Foundations of New Zealand since its inception in 2013 and was appointed Chair in 2016. Based in Timaru, Stacey owns and operates a Project Management Company which specialises in the facilitation of large community projects in the South Canterbury region where she has been involved in the delivery of large projects, including the CBAY Aquatic Centre and the MRI Scanner project.
Stacey is also Chair of Creative Corner Early Learning Centre, and a Trustee of the Rose Festival Charitable Trust and her local Community Foundation is the Aoraki Foundation, where she has established her own Named Endowment Fund and is also a ‘Friend of the Foundation’, helping with the day-to-day operational costs.
“Community Foundations are set up to encourage personal philanthropy at a local level. They play a crucial role in how people give back where communities need it most. We connect people, families and businesses with causes that inspire them. We help donors realise their philanthropic goals by matching their interests with community needs and finding innovative ways to make every donation count. We are seeing an exciting time of growth across Aotearoa New Zealand and we are really inspired by the work happening across the country. Our vision is to make a vibrant community foundation available to every New Zealander and the exciting bit is that we have the people, the passion and the belief to make that happen.”
Bill helped establish the Acorn Foundation in 2003 and Chaired the Foundation for its first eight years. When the Community Foundations of New Zealand was established he was elected Chair from 2013-2016.
Bill is a partner in Holland Beckett Lawyers in Tauranga. He has extensive experience in a wide range of community organisations and activities, and is currently the Chair of the Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust. Bill has received a number of community leadership awards and in 2012 was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the community.
Pat has been closely involved in the Taupo community through the accountancy and business advisory firm Strettons. He has specialist skills in strategic planning, financing and management. He works with Maori Land Trusts to assist in developing their resources and has experience in the energy, communications and food sectors.
Governance experience includes Chairman of Geyser Community Foundation and Taupo Electricity Ltd, Directorships in Trust Power Ltd and Miraka Ltd and various economic development groups. Community involvement includes two terms as a Taupo Borough Councilor, acting as a Justice of the Peace and involvement with several local clubs.
Colin is a chartered accountant who has lived in Gisborne (on and off) for the past 50 years. He was a partner of BDO Gisborne until his retirement in April 2013, including being Managing Partner for a number of years, and was also a member of the BDO National Management Board, serving as Chairman of BDO New Zealand in 2012. Throughout his career Colin has carried out a significant amount of investment advisory work, including establishing an Investment Advisory Service in Gisborne. As an accountant, he has strong financial skills and has acted as an advisor to several large local charitable Trusts.
Colin helped establish the Sunrise Foundation in Gisborne in 2013, and has been a Trustee since its inception, currently serving as Deputy Chair and Chair of their Investment Committee and Grants Committee.
Ray is based in Queenstown and chairs the Wakatipu Community Foundation. He is also involved in a wide range of local community not-for-profit organisations including Queenstown Community Hub Charitable Trust, Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust and Queenstown Alpine Ski Team.
Ray brings strong commercial and governance skills to the board from his background in the global commodities market, with 20 years’ experience in building and leading successful global businesses. This includes a track record of building partnerships and alliances, both internally and externally. Ray has a strong desire to help improve our community outcomes across New Zealand.
Lori moved to New Zealand from the US in 2009 and has recently become a dual citizen. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University, majoring in Economics and German Studies, and has a strong background in Marketing for large corporations in the US.
Lori is the General Manager at Acorn Foundation, a Board Member for the Live for More Charitable Trust and is on the organising committee of TEDx Tauranga. She is well entrenched in the Tauranga community and is excited to be working alongside both donors and organisations alike to build a healthy and vibrant community.
Chris is Chair of Nikau Foundation, the Wellington region’s Community Foundation. He has had roles in accounting, banking and finance in NZ, UK, USA and Canada. Chris now works with a number of early-stage technology businesses is Chair of Technology Valley Inc, a director of some businesses, and a trustee of Nga Manu Nature Reserve. He is also currently a Hutt City Councillor, where he chairs the Finance & Performance Committee.
Sandi is the Executive Officer at Advance Ashburton Community Foundation. Prior to this she was, for many years, in the finance industry as a Business Manager for ANZ. She is on the board of a local primary school in Ashburton and is passionate about the Mid-Canterbury district. Her passion for inspiring local generosity is infectious.
“I am driven to inspire people to consider a new way to give – through a Community Foundation the gift is directed to the causes that the donor is most passionate about, this gift will make a difference now, and continue for future generations to come, far-reaching past our lifetime. It’s exciting, transformative work.”