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15th February 2022

Help for the funding sector

Match | Te Puna Taurite (MTPT) is an innovative new service to help both those seeking and distributing philanthropic funding in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The vision of Match | Te Puna Taurite is a more equitable, accessible and collaborative funding system. It aims to more easily connect those with funds to those that seek them.

MTPT is designed to address pain points across the philanthropic and charitable sector which have been recognised for many years. One key example from the JB Were Cause Report that highlights the inequality that currently exists within the philanthropic sector is that  91% of total donations and bequests go to only 9% of charities, (this leaves the remaining 91% of charities competing for the remaining 9% of philanthropic funding!). MTPT won’t fix problems like this overnight, but it will start to alleviate some of them and support meaningful change.

Fundseekers will be able to post funding requests to get in front of multiple funders with one action. There will also be additional support for sectors of the population who are currently underserved by philanthropy such as Māori, rainbow, disability, Pasifika, refugee and new migrants. Match | Te Puna Taurite will strengthen the voice of the fundseeker in the system and support ongoing systemic change.

Funders can choose to be alerted to opportunities when they arise or search on them at a time of their choosing. MTPT will enable funders to connect with each other in a way that’s never been possible before, opening new collaboration and co-funding possibilities.

Match | Te Puna Taurite will be a helpful tool after an emergency, when both global and local funders are looking at who they can donate to help with the response. Those charities responding to urgent community needs during an emergency have no time for funding proposals, and MTPT will significantly reduce this current burden. Through MTPT, funders could quickly identify community groups who need additional financial support.

You can stay updated by subscribing to the MTPT newsletter and through the Philanthropy New Zealand | Tōpūtanga Tuku Aroha o Aotearoa website.