Our second pou, collaboration, is about having good quality relationships based on mutual respect and trust. For the JR McKenzie Trust, this means applying the principles of grantee-centric practice and adding value to funded groups where we can with our experience and philanthropic knowledge.
For our CEC groups, it's about building collaborative relationships across and within communities. They told us that the collaborations in their own communities enable them to grow their mana to enable them to keep going.
They have become sustainable through these collaborations.
The collaborative relationships and grantee-centric practices of the JR McKenzie Trust adds value to the groups by:
Giving them time. Everyone seemed to appreciate the patience and the JR McKenzie trust way of working, enabling the time to scope, the time to think and the time to do it right.
Collaboration with the Trust has enabled groups to build their capacity, to tell their stories better. It brought tools for groups and for the communities.
It brought knowledge and links to isolated communities.
It brought autonomy, confidence and made it okay to be wrong.
There was also a little bit of money that came out of it.
Our groups noticed that the association with the JR McKenzie Trust enabled a bit of a conversation change when they talked to funders. One group said that all their funding applications this year have been successful.