Earlier this month I attended the Aspire conference put on by the Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce, and in the same week read about the Acorn Foundation’s incredible achievement to reach $50m of endowments under management. The theme of the conference was “Tūpuna pono | Be good ancestors”, which struck me as essentially the core ethos of Community Foundation donors, and the Acorn Foundation are certainly helping the people of the Western Bay of Plenty lead a way!
The conference was incredible, actually, and genuine kudos to the NTCoC for putting it on. Thanks, too, to David Kerr, a prior TotSCF EO, who helped make our presence there highly visible.
At the conference, Lees Seymour reminded us about the basic nature of life. Stuart Nash talked about ‘business as a force for good.’ Volker Kuntzsch wowed everyone on the topic of courage. Greg Foran stressed the fundamental importance of Kiwi grit. Sinead Boucher discussed harnessing opportunity in difficult times. Finally, Jehan Casinader gave some great advice on telling good stories.
I left the venue reflecting that every one of those speakers covered something our Community Foundation can harness to support the people of our region ‘be good ancestors.’ I certainly feel we’re raising our grit and opportunity games as we continue to gather real momentum on raising our profile.
On ‘business a force for good,’ I’d also like to pass on heartfelt thanks to Craigs Investment Partners and Pitt & Moore. Both are new ‘corporate gold sponsors’ helping us help our communities. They join our platinum corporate sponsor, Signature Homes Nelson, who are collaborating with us on a unique project that will benefit the community.
In the meantime, Craigs and Pitt & Moore played a huge role in the success of our recent events with Sir Stephen Tindall; ‘an evening with …’ at the Suter in Nelson, ‘a breakfast with …’ at Trailways the following morning, and another ‘evening with …’ at the ASB Centre in Blenheim. All three events were fantastic, and I think everyone who attended enjoyed the wisdom and stories that Sir Stephen and our Executive Officer, Gavin Larsen, shared.
So our thanks to the Tindall Foundation for their support, to all our sponsors/partners listed in this newsletter, and a challenge to others out there to help ‘business be a force for good’ by talking to Gavin about partnership opportunities. (Half an apology there for the shameless pitch, I’m practicing both courage and harnessing opportunity 😊)
Also, Craigs Investment Partners have taken over management of our investment portfolio, as they do for many of the other Community Foundations in our national network.
Finally, a reminder that July is the time of the year when we accept grant applications from regional charities. More information here.
Ngā mihi, kind regards
Dave Ashcroft, Chair