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'.

Research publications


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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Funding round opens – calling for great EOIs!

Want to make a difference to New Zealand through the law? The Borrin Foundation’s first funding round is now open. All Expressions of Interests (EOIs) due by 12 noon 30 April 2018.

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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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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:

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.