In mid-March 2019, Joy and Duncan attended the ILGA World conference on behalf of the Foundation, as a sponsor of the conference. This included attending the Global Philanthropy Project‘s donor pre-conference, and hosting a function for those funding in the Rainbow both nationally and globally.
Joy and Duncan attended alongside two other New Zealanders, Eileen from the J R McKenzie Trust, and Georgie from the Wellington Community Trust. The day focused on developments in LGBT funding and frameworks in the Aisa-Pacific region, as well as networking with the funders working in this space globally.
The Rainbow Funders Function was an initiative driven by the Rule Foundation to connect and inspire local funders here in Aotearoa to address the funding shortfall within our communities. We welcomed representatives from The Rainbow New Zealand Charitable Trust, Philanthropy New Zealand, Ministry of Youth Development, J R McKenzie Trust, Wellington Community Trust and Spark Foundation alongside global funders and some of New Zealand’s leading Rainbow Community organisations. Kevin Haunui from Tīwhanawhana (pictured) welcomed people to the event on behalf of the Host Rōpū of the ILGA World Conference, alongside Andre du Plessis, the Executive Director for ILGA World.
Building off the Global Philanthropy report that only $0.17 out of every $100 given via philanthropy globally goes to support Rainbow initiatives, the Rule Foundation presented an initial report that only $0.01* of every $100 given via philanthropy goes to Rainbow initiatives in Aotearoa.
* this figure is a rough estimate and more time and resource is needed to confirm this