October 09, 2014
Trust praised for new commitment to Maori
The JR McKenzie Trust has been recognised internationally for the way it has works with Maori.
The 74-year-old philanthropic trust has won the 2014 IFIP (International Funders for Indigenous Peoples) Award.
IFIP was established to encourage donors to fund indigenous communities worldwide.
It says the trust was exemplary for incorporating Maori representation on its board and for funding projects which allowed applicants to become agents of change of their own futures.
Board member Manaia King says a strategic review in 2003 showed less than 3 percent of the trust’s funding went to Maori.
It responded by setting up Te Kawai Toro, which he chairs, to increase Maori representation on the board and identify priorities for long-term development.
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