Foundation North Chief Executive Officer Jennifer Gill is Philanthropy New Zealand’s inaugural Perpetual Guardian Lifetime Achievement in Philanthropy Award winner.
The award recognises a significant contribution to the philanthropic sector over a period of 10 or more years which has had a long-lasting impact in the sector.
Jennifer has been CEO of Foundation North, New Zealand’s largest philanthropic trust, since 2004. In this role, she has led pioneering work in venture philanthropy that is now influencing investment in social change initiatives across the philanthropic sector. In 2014 she oversaw the establishment of the Foundation’s own social business, the Centre for Social Impact, to provide a resource for the sector as more trusts move to achieve greater impact from their grantmaking.
When Jennifer was hired by Sir Roy McKenzie in 1986 to establish the Roy McKenzie Foundation, she became New Zealand’s first ‘philanthrocrat.’ Since then, Jennifer has held a number of positions in the philanthropic sector, as a board member and an advisor. A major achievement was the success of a campaign she led as chair of Philanthropy New Zealand (2003 to 2009) to improve the tax treatment of charitable donations. This saw tax incentives for donations made by individuals, companies and Maori authorities were greatly enhanced, and the maximum limit on the tax credit for donations made by individuals was removed, as was the five percent deduction limit on donations made by companies and Maori authorities.
Jennifer’s contributions to the sector have also been recognised through life membership or Philanthropy New Zealand, and through her appointment this year as an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2017 New Year’s Honours.
Congratulations from us all – and we look forward to working with you in the years ahead.
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