Māori Economy

Philanthropic funding to Māori report launched

Friday November 21, 2014 Fiona Stokes

Te Kāwai Toro, the J R McKenzie Trust’s Māori Development sub-committee, has launched a report on Philanthropic Funding to Māori organisations. BERL was proud to have carried out this research on behalf of Te Kawai Toro.


Some of the key findings from the research are:

  • Philanthropic funding to Māori in 2012 totalled an estimated $289 million, or just over 12 percent of total philanthropic funding
    • 64 percent was from personal donations and bequests
    • A further 31 percent came from trusts and foundations
    • 6 percent was from business.
  • Philanthropic funding to Māori was used across a broad range of activities
  • The survey responses indicate limited engagement between the philanthropic sector and Māori organisations.
  • While philanthropic funding to Māori organisations remains difficult to establish, a case exists that philanthropic funding to Māori organisations does not fare well when measured against relative need and the development aspirations of Māori.


A copy of the full report and a summary report are available here: http://www.jrmckenzie.org.nz/