News & Resources

Knowledge has the power to spark change, but only if it is shared. We want to share what we’re learning about philanthropy and social change. We’re a ‘learning organisation’ and we ‘learn as we do’.

News

New Fellowships for outstanding legal professionals

New Fellowships for outstanding legal professionals

The Michael and Suzanne Borrin Foundation has announced the launch of two new individual Fellowship awards that will be awarded annually, with a value of $200,000 per annum. These are the first of a number of fellowships, scholarships and grants for individuals that the Foundation will be announcing in coming years, to support and celebrate outstanding legal professionals working towards the Foundation’s vision of an Aotearoa New Zealand where everyone understands the role and value of the law, and enjoys the protection and opportunity that it provides.

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Covid-19 Response

Covid-19 Response

The Borrin Foundation is working remotely and stands ready to support our doers. If you have any queries about your grant from the Borrin Foundation, please contact us. We are here to help if, and when, you need us.

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2018 EOI Round: Knowledge sharing

2018 EOI Round: Knowledge sharing

Thank you to all who shared their ideas for legal research/education with us through the 2018 EOI Round. We believe that knowledge has the power to spark change, but only if it is shared. Find out more about the range of EOI ideas and what we’ve learned through the EOI process.

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Borrin Foundation launch

Borrin Foundation launch

The Michael and Suzanne Borrin Foundation was formally launched on 20 February 2018 and its five inaugural grant projects, totalling over $1.7 million, were announced.

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Resources

How does social change happen?

Implicit in most philanthropic foundations such as ours, is a view towards social change. Here we share some of the things we’re learning about how social change happens. We thank Duncan Green for his inspiring book and website: ‘How Changes Happens’. His book helps us to understand how we could use a ‘Power and Systems Approach’ as a ‘theory of change’. We highly recommend Green’s book. We also heard from Marianne Elliot of The Workshop about the ‘Role of Story in Systems Change’.

Below are some key resources:

Slides: How does change happen? Workshop for Borrin GSC-March 2018


Book notes from Duncan Green’s ‘How Change Happens’ –accompaniment to the Slides

Slides: M. Elliot-Role of Story in Systems Change: why how we talk about it matters

How-change-happens.com: visit Duncan Green’s website to download his e-book for FREE

New Zealand philanthropic sector

We also thank and acknowledge many of our philanthropic sector friends in New Zealand who generously share their time, advice, and resources with us. Visit their websites to see what they fund, how they fund, and for more resources on philanthropy:

Resources on effective philanthropy/who’s inspired us

In our efforts to learn about the dynamic field of modern philanthropy today we have been inspired to ‘think unconventionally’. Check out the following resources and websites:

Unconscious bias and cultural intelligence workshop

Angela Ballantyne and Graham Cameron facilitated a workshop with the Grants and Scholarships Committee. Angela showed us how unconcious bias can affect philanthropic effectiveness. Graham Bidios Cameron (Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Hinerangi, Ngāti Rangiwēwehi), helped us to learn more about ‘cultural intelligence’.

See their slides below. Both Angela and Graham are happy for their work to be shared with others. Please contact them if you want more information or are interested in a facilitated workshop.

Unconscious bias presentation by Dr Angela Ballantyne

Cultural intelligence presentation by Graham Bidios Cameron