WE ARE PROACTIVE IN OUR BID TO SUPPORT OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES, WITH A PARTICULAR FOCUS ON HELPING FAMILIES TO BE FINANCIALLY SECURE.
Over the past two years, Aotearoa philanthropic communities have worked together to find different ways where more New Zealanders can experience the benefits of philanthropy. Local and international reviews of philanthropic practices have found that a shift was needed from more traditional forms of giving to prioritising impactful funding models. These funding models’ value collaborative partnerships and focus on a variety of short and long-term outcomes.
In 2019, the SkyCity Community Trusts' undertook a review which found that they were in a strong position to have a greater impact with its funding. Excited by the collaborative vision of the philanthropy sector and the ability to partner, the Trusts took the bold step to adjust its strategic priorities. Trustees were appointed to deliver an innovative funding framework which has now been adopted with the aim to support our communities to realise their potential.
The SkyCity Queenstown Community Trust has reviewed their strategy for this year. More information on the funding priorities can be found here.
to over 670 charitable organisations in the greater Queenstown Central Lakes area.
For the year ended 30 June 2021, SkyCity Queenstown Casinos Limited contributed NZ$117,226 to the SkyCity Queenstown Community Trust.
For more information please visit our SkyCity Queenstown Community Trust site here.
Joanne has lived in Queenstown for 35 years where she specialises in Property Management and Advisory, including having owned several businesses, and is an Independent Company Director. Joanne has been involved with many community groups including Sports Groups, Plunket, schools and since 2006, with St John. As a contractor to the Queenstown lakes District Council she assisted numerous community groups securing tenure on Council land and buildings throughout the district. She was invested as a Commander of the Order of St John in 2018, spent four years as the Chairperson of the South Island Regional Trust Board and sat on the National Governing Board. Joanne is an experienced Director, currently sitting on six Boards including charitable, Council owned Organisations, Crown Entities and commercial Boards. Joanne is married to Danny, has three adult children, and enjoys walking, biking, fishing, and gardening.
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Jonathan Browne is the General Manager of SkyCity Queenstown.
Jonathan joined SkyCity in May 2015 and is responsible for overseeing the operations of SkyCity Queenstown Casino and SkyCity Wharf Casino in Queenstown. Jonathan has extensive experience in the gaming, consumer goods, hospitality and tourism industries.
Anna has lived in Wanaka for 11 years where she lives with her partner and two black Labradors. Anna brings to the Trust a range of skills from her experience in both the commercial and not-for-profit sectors. Anna has had considerable experience with Stakeholder & Event Management – including the Winter Games NZ, Challenge Wanaka, Queenstown International Marathon and the World Triathlon in Auckland.
Anna is currently a Board member for NZEA ( New Zealand Events Association) and until recently the Te Kākano Trust, a community-based local plant nursery specialising in plant propagating for local native plant restoration. With both these board roles, Anna has been played a role particularly in the areas of strategic plan development, commercial and communications spaces.
In her spare time Anna enjoys the outdoors, having fun with friends and family, and has recently started a new edible gardening business. Anna recently completed a certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at AUT and is now enjoying beginning a journey in learning Te Reo.
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