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Social Investment in Community Housing: Moving Beyond Traditional Grantmaking

Published: Tuesday 30 August 2016

10am – 4pm, Tuesday 25 October
The Front Room, Spark New Zealand, 167 Victoria Street West, Auckland

Please register to join us at a facilitated workshop to provide philanthropic funders, community housing providers and other investors with the chance to explore new ways of investing in community housing.

The goal of the workshop, co-hosted by Community Housing Aotearoa and Philanthropy New Zealand, is to develop an investment proposition that will accelerate the delivery of social and affordable housing across New Zealand.

To help kick-start the discussion you will be invited to assess two new funding prototypes, both of which provide an alternative to traditional grant making:

  • an equity product
  • a working capital debt product

You will also have to chance the hear from a wide range of speakers with experience in funding and building community housing including:

  • Alastair Rhodes, BayTrust
  • Julie Scott, Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust
  • Linda Mead, Deloitte
  • Paul Minett, New Zealand Community Housing Funding [to be confirmed]

Scott Figenshow, Chief Executive of Community Housing Aotearoa and Liz Gibbs, Chief Executive, Philanthropy New Zealand, will provide background information about recent social investment initiatives.

Scott and Liz will then facilitate a discussion about what is needed to accelerate the provision of social and affordable housing in New Zealand. Among the questions to be considered are:

  • What are the key lessons so far?
  • What are the advantages – and disadvantages – of the two prototypes?
  • What is the mix of financial return and social outcome that works for everybody?
  • How do we ensure the security of the capital invested?

The day will wrap up with a clear set of actions to progress.

This is a unique opportunity to be part of the solutions that drive new investment in community housing by joining forces with like-minded funders, providers and investors.

Pre-reading material will be provided to registered participants.

PNZ and CHA member rate $199 + GST/ non-member rate $259 + GST
Registration price includes lunch, materials and follow-up report.


Last modified: August 30, 2016



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