NEXT Foundation Seeks Education and Environment Projects

NEXT Foundation Seeks Education and Environment Projects

The NEXT Foundation, a $100 million strategic philanthropy programme, has recently opened its Expressions of Interest (EOI) process. The foundation is looking for environmental and educational initiatives that can catalyze transformational change in New Zealand. The deadline for submissions is June 26, 2015. 

The NEXT Foundation was started in 2014, funded through the benefaction of New Zealanders Annette and Neal Plowman. The Plowmans have previously supported other significant philanthropic projects, including the Rotoroa Island Trust in the Hauraki Gulf, Project Janszoon in the Abel Tasman National Park, and Teach First NZ, which is tackling educational inequality. Chaired by Chris Liddell, the NEXT Foundation is helping to pioneer large-scale philanthropy in New Zealand, with a business-like approach and emphasis on outstanding leadership.

“NEXT Foundation’s vision is to create a legacy of environmental and educational excellence for the benefit of future generations of New Zealanders.” - Our Vision, NEXT Foundation

The NEXT Foundation received 287 applications during last year’s Expressions of Interest process. One of the initiatives selected was Zero Invasive Predators (ZIP), an innovative partnership between NEXT Foundation, the Department of Conservation, and philanthropists Gareth Morgan and Sam Morgan to dramatically transform the way invasive predators are managed on mainland New Zealand.

The NEXT Foundation’s collaborative approach to philanthropy is further demonstrated by its creation of NEXchange, an open forum for grant applicants to share their Expressions of Interest (“EOIs”). The nonprofit ecosystem is characteristically fragmented, so this type of open source sharing can help like-minded organisations find each other. NEXchange also provides an inspiring window into the work of passionate and generous New Zealanders across the country, dedicating themselves to a collective vision of intergenerational wellbeing.

Recently I had the privilege of interviewing Bill Kermode, CEO of NEXT Foundation, at the New Frontiers Festival in Upper Hutt, New Zealand. Here is the video, which further elaborates on how NEXT Foundation is approaching strategic philanthropy:

Bill also spoke on the Education Day at New Frontiers. Included in this following talk are the stories of two educational initiatives NEXT Foundation is supporting: The Springboard Trust, which promotes leadership development for school principals, and The Mind Lab by Unitec, which seeks to improve children’s education through teaching digital literacy skills to teachers.

If you’re interested in partnering with the NEXT Foundation, learn more on their website and file an Expression of Interest.  

“The NEXT Foundation is not a charity or grant-making organisation. We are a strategic investor in well-defined, well-managed projects that deliver a meaningful and measurable philanthropic return.” - Chris Liddell, Chairman, NEXT Foundation


Links:

Silicon Valley Gives 2015

Silicon Valley Gives 2015

Orientation Aotearoa: Pioneering Holistic Education in New Zealand

Orientation Aotearoa: Pioneering Holistic Education in New Zealand