31st March 2022

Thanks to the village

By Sue McCabe, Chief Executive of Philanthropy New Zealand | Tōpūtanga Tuku Aroha o Aotearoa

“It takes a village to raise a child” is a commonly quoted African proverb. It’s taken a village to get Match | Te Puna Taurite up and running.

Match | Te Puna Taurite is a service for philanthropists and grantmakers to connect with charities. Its website went live this week and the service will be open to join from mid-April.

It provides fundseekers with a way to get in front of multiple funders with one action. It gives them freedom in how they tell their story and what they seek funds for.

Match | Te Puna Taurite gives funders an easy way to find charities working in areas they support. It enables funders to connect to other funders.

It’s a service that seeks to deliver immediate value to its users. It needs to do this at scale in order to enable it’s other goal of system change. This will happen through fundseekers and funders sharing their experiences of engagement with each other, and positive change resulting.

So it’s got both practical and strategic aspects. It’s vision of a more equitable, accessible collaborative funding system has both some low hanging fruit, but also some very challenging issues to resolve.  

It’s taken a village of funders who are not daunted by the strategic challenge, as well as being supportive of the easier practical wins, to get it off the ground.

The pain points around lack of accessibility and equity in the funding system, and the challenges funders have in collaborating, have been talked about for years. Our supporting funders are committed to improving the philanthropic and funding system for charities.

Every day I see the efforts of Philanthropy New Zealand’s funder members to make things easier for the charities they fund. They do it individually, and they do it in groups. They’re backing Match | Te Puna Taurite to support change on a broader scale.

Thank you to the many, many other helpers that have enabled the progress to date. There’s too many to name, but they include the community organisations who have provided feedback and input. They include peak bodies for the community sector, like Volunteering NZ and Hui E! Community Aotearoa. It’s included a range of different suppliers including Sunny Side Up (IT services); Lightshift Pictures (video production), Ōkupu (te reo Māori translators); Lee-Anne Duncan (content writer); the Digital Café (digital campaign); Mark Creative (animated videos); Te Kāhui Pūmanawa (Māori leaders in the funding sector); and the Pacific Funders’ Network.

It’s included a small and committed part time team of Owain John, Lily McFarlane, and Neil O’Styke, supported by the wider Philanthropy New Zealand | Tōpūtanga Tuku Aroha o Aotearoa team.

For Match | Te Puna Taurite to reach its potential, we need the village to grow. We need a city of users. We need to reach those who the service will benefit – as it gets them in front of funders; or helps them find charities to fund. And we need those who join for strategic reasons, to be part of ongoing efforts to maximise the positive difference our community sector makes to the wellbeing of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Our call to action to you is to spread the word of Match | Te Puna Taurite to charities, funders and those that advise them. Help us grow the village to make a big impact. Thank you.