Dr Alison Taylor is Chief Executive of the Centre for Social Impact.
Alison was involved in the design of the Centre when it was established as a social business by Foundation North, New Zealand’s largest philanthropic trust. Alison had managed the Foundation’s pioneering high engagement funding and capacity support programmes and was aware of the support and services needed by funders seeking social impact. She was then appointed to head the Centre when it was established in 2014.
Alison has overseen the development of the Centre as a resource for philanthropic and community grantmakers and funders. This has involved building a network of specialist advisors and partner organisations which is working with grantmakers and funders in New Zealand and Australia develop their strategies and invest for impact. The Centre also works with community organisations to design, implement and evaluate social change programmes.
Alison’s previous roles include Chief Executive of the Ministry of Youth Development, and the Mental Health Foundation. She has been a trustee of Philanthropy New Zealand and the Vodafone New Zealand Foundation.