This is the third in a global series of articles and conversations hosted by the Social Innovation Exchange. As COVID-19 started to take hold of countries and regions around the world, SIX began a comprehensive global scan exploring the most innovative ways in which philanthropic organisations have been pivoting in order to support grantees and communities now and in the future. In an effort to recentre philanthropic conversations, we have been inviting reflective pieces from foundations in the margins to contextualise the roles for and tensions facing their work in real time.
The first piece was written by Dame Julia Unwin, strategic adviser to SIX, which was followed by Marie-Rose Romain Murphy of the Haiti Community Foundation. Special thanks to Alliance magazine for your steadfast collaboration and support. In this article, Philanthropy New Zealand Chief Executive, Sue McCabe, outlines the current impact of the pandemic in Aotearoa New Zealand, shares key aspects of the philanthropic response, and reflects on what it means going forward.