Bequest Update - October 2023
It's been an exciting and productive year at the Bequest, here’s some of what we’ve been up to...
Early in the year, we engaged with Iain Hines, a highly regarded independent contractor with extensive experience in the philanthropic sector. With Iain’s direction and facilitation, we have undertaken a review of the Trust’s governance structures, including developing and recruiting for a new Bequest Coordinator role. The creation of this role is going to be a substantial change from how the Bequest has operated to date, and we are enthusiastic about how it will help us grow and develop. We had 65 applications for the role, with Jess Reiher coming on board in September as our new Bequest Coordinator. We are excited about the experience and enthusiasm that Jess brings to the Bequest.
We’ve also had some great opportunities to connect with other individuals and organisations in the philanthropic sector, with Jody, one of our Bequest Trustees, and Jess attending the Philanthropy New Zealand Conference that was held in Wellington last month. They both came away inspired and with a lot of new knowledge, ideas and connections to bring back to the Bequest.
The community organisations and individuals we have been privileged to support have been doing amazing mahi this year in their communities. Keep an eye out on our Updates page to read about some of the wonderful groups and projects the Bequest has supported this year. We love hearing about what our grantees have been up to and the impact they are having in their communities, so please get in touch if you have any updates or success stories to share.
And just a reminder – grant applications close on the 31st of December 2023, so please ensure all applications are submitted before this date so they can be considered in the 2024 grants round. The online application form can be found on the website, along with information about our grant guidelines and tips for applications. Please contact email@example.com if you have any questions.