And after all those hundreds of hours of work, I present to you the upshot… which is slightly underwhelming. No substantive changes. Gaming trusts are still providing almost half of the funding into the region.
The only local body included is Christchurch City Council, but the grants programmes of Selwyn and Waimakariri are fairly inconsequential. And some of the family trusts are no longer providing information publicly, which makes it trick to see where they put their money… however, their slice of grants won’t impact greatly on the results. Where many of the Gaming trusts shine is around disclosure. They have complete histories of grants on their websites, and many (Trust Aoraki for example) share excellent and somewhat intriguing rationales behind their declines. However, if I can make a request: territorial authority, data files and charity numbers would make my job easier.
Below is a chart showing the specific grant makers who provided the funds. Interestingly the most prolific grant maker seems to be our Council: 11% of their grants in 2017 went to individuals, and many grants to the same organisation are split between various community boards in an attempt to allocate accordingly.
Voices can be interesting to think about too. Who is the voice of grant makers? The local funders’ forum? Philanthropy New Zealand? As far as I am aware, the biggest group of grant makers sit on neither.
So if we are not happy with where money comes from, then what to do? We need to look at demand – where the money is going, and address a few of the big issues around that before making sweeping changes to supply. And I will look at demand next time: spoiler alert – nothing much has changed.
If you have some spare time on Monday 18 June 2018 5 – 7 come on down to the One Voice Matariki forum at ECan on St Asaph St in Christchurch. But if you can’t make it, see the Reports page of Delfi’s website: I’ll put the presentation and notes up there when I remember how.
I write about this stuff as believe that as need to understand where funding comes from, where it goes, and how it gets there. Love to talk with you if you think this is at all interesting. Check out my website www.delfi.co.nz.