“On behalf of the Manchester House Board, I wish to extend our thanks for what you have accomplished for the Society. Your efforts and planning have dragged us into the 21st century with the finalisation of the Impact Investment Assessment Report and the Executive Summary. This has enabled us to see our way forward to a more stable and sustainable financial future, once these plans are enacted.
Thank you again Clive for getting our programme moving as we look forward to a brighter and more stable and sustainable future.”
Kevin Darragh - Chair of Manchester House Social Services Society Inc.
“We have always valued the opportunity to engage and work with Giving Architects at times when we are required to make key strategic decisions. They are always incredibly well informed about best practice fundraising, international and domestic trends in philanthropy and the emergence of impact investment in the for-purpose sector.
With child sponsorship such a well entrenched model for many NGO’s all over the world, the decline of that market in many western countries presented great challenges in how to adapt in a way that would best serve the people they exist to serve. Understanding this challenge and approaching it from a donor-centric perspective is something that Giving Architects have helped us deal with effectively.
The latest opportunity to consider impact investment, a rapidly growing market, and how it might best help ChildFund New Zealand achieve its objectives has been the latest opportunity for us to work with Giving Architects. Their adaptability and insights across both philanthropic and investment markets has provided key insights and guidance as we traverse how we work with partners to best meet urgent needs in developing countries. We look forward to working with them to effectively engage the impact investor market and achieve the transformational change in the lives of the children we are committed to.”
Paul Brown - CEO at ChildFund
“As an organisation we needed to do something different from what everyone else is doing. I got to meet Giving Architects and they knew a lot about what was going on in the sector but were also looking at things in a different perspective. So when I started talking to them about doing things differently, they were very open to the idea and I soon learnt that their connections and networks gave them the basis for a very good background of what is happening in New Zealand in the sector, and they were well connected internationally as well.
For my organisation, I didn’t want to do what everyone else had done. We engaged a number of different organisations over time and most of the other organisations had a formula that they rolled out but Giving Architects thought about things differently. They took time to understand what we did and how we did things and why I wanted to change what we do as an organisation. With that background, Giving Architects came to us with different ideas and different approaches and different ways of looking at what we need to do to change our model.
The knowledge and experience of Giving Architects was absolutely critical when it came to us choosing to engage them. It gave us a much wider view of what is happening in the sector, not just in New Zealand but internationally and that helped me in my decision making process along with that of the management and the Board. Those way finders that Giving Architects provide are critical to informing that decision making process.
Our issues aren’t significantly different from other organisations but we wanted to take an approach that was different so they were prepared to come and meet us on our terms and talk to us about how we might want to approach things, and that has worked for us ever since we have engaged Giving Architects.”
Wayne Howett - CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities New Zealand