In recognition of the important role community funders play in building better outcomes for the environment and communities of Aotearoa New Zealand, a group of community trusts have agreed a Funders Commitment on Climate Action. Guided by Te Tiriti o Waitangi and mātaurangi Māori aspirations, the commitment focuses on a just transition to a net zero world, collaboration, and leadership.
Signatory trusts include Foundation North, Trust Waikato, BayTrust, Toi Foundation, Eastern and Central Community Trust, Wellington Community Trust, Rātā Foundation, The Community Trust of Mid and South Canterbury, Otago Community Trust and Community Trust South.
The commitment is an outcome of the formation of a Climate Change Working Group established by the chief executives of the trusts, with support from the Centre for Social Impact. The working group aims to explore ways to work together on climate change issues.
“We see this as an opportunity to increase accountability, to support action for just transitions, greater equity, community resilience, and ultimately improve outcomes for the communities we serve,” says Linn Araboglos, Chief Executive of Wellington Community Trust, who chairs the working group.
“Taking collective action on climate issues makes sense. Climate action is community action, and we are stronger when we work together.”
The commitment is designed to be a high-level document that other New Zealand philanthropic funders are encouraged to sign up to. To read the full commitment, please visit www.climateactionaotearoa.co.nz