27 Mar 2016

Auckland Communities Foundation chair Geoff Clews

From Standing Room Only, 1:47 pm on 27 March 2016

Two big reports on philanthropy in Auckland are about to be released.  One asks what motivates philanthropists, and what they hope will come from their donations.  The other gives potential donors advice on groups - like the arts - that are most in need of private funding. The Auckland Communities Foundation is behind the reports and in its first five years of working with philanthropists, it's distributed more than 5 million dollars in grants. The Foundation's Chair, Geoff Clews, is an Auckland tax barrister and longtime supporter of the Arts. He's set up the Rampart Endowment Fund to promote arts education. Lynn Freeman asked Geoff why New Zealanders seem much more reluctant philanthropists than those in countries like America.

Geoff Clews with NAPTA Scholars

Geoff Clews with NAPTA Scholars Photo: Supplied