Five things to help shore up your funding – Even in lockdown


The funding and operating environment has changed dramatically, almost overnight. Although we don’t know exactly what the coming months will bring, what you do now will help secure your funding streams and future success. Here are five steps you can take today, even in lockdown. 

  1. Strengthen relationships with your funders with authenticity and care. Funders are people too! Like all of us, they’re facing a new reality for themselves and their families. They’ll appreciate you asking how they are and if there’s anything they need from you.
  2. Show appreciation for your funders and their impact – to them and the world. Thank your funders for their support and be clear about what it means for those you serve. Share stories that reveal how you’re helping people, changing lives and making a difference. Be sure to include both numbers and personal comments you hear. 
  3. Ensure you’re meeting your obligations with accountability and transparency. Covid-19 has meant huge changes to the way we operate and how we deliver our projects and programmes. Be clear about how your work has been affected. In extreme cases, you may need to offer to return funds – that’s not easy for any organisation but operating with integrity is always the best course of action. 
  4. Review your strategy for the new environment. The best place to start is by reviewing your vision and values. These should lead you through whatever challenges the environment brings. Your strategy will probably have to change, and your tactics undoubtedly will. Don’t be afraid to seek outside help and insights – there’s never been a time when collaboration is more important or welcome.
  5. Keep everything on track with Funding HQ. Giblin Group has set up an innovative platform to give groups of any size cost-effective access to our expertise. It will help you understand how to diversify your funding strategy and discover funding opportunities that meet your needs. It gives you tools to build your case for investment and increase your chances to win funding. 

If you’d like more information on any of these steps, then check out our website for our latest thinking. If you’d like to speak directly to one of our expert practitioners, then please contact us. We’re here to support you in helping our communities thrive. 


May 2020

Since 2011 I have worked with Jenni and Christine on a number of highly successful fundraising initiatives in support of the Sarjeant Gallery Redevelopment Project. With their help and expertise, we have raised more than $28.8m from central government and Lottery sources. The Giblin Group are a pleasure to work with and have provided great advice on many occasions concerning communications and public engagement. I can certainly recommend their services.

Greg Anderson, Director, Sarjeant Gallery

Giblin Group supported Blue Oyster with developing a robust Funding Strategy that took into account the specific needs of our organisation and activity. Jenni and Jess offered substantial advice and support in, not only establishing this strategy but giving us helpful tools for implementation and always prioritised sustainability throughout. Their enthusiasm for our space and activity was truly felt and appreciated – our relationship with them will be nourished and valued well into the future.

Grace Ryder, Gallery Director, Blue Oyster Gallery

“As our thinking evolved, Giblin Group showed a steady commitment to deepen their understanding of our needs. We always looked forward to our coaching sessions which were stimulating and inspiring. Jess and Jenni became valued colleagues that supported and provoked thinking with rigour and generosity. They’re now not only valuable advocates for BATS but part of our whānau.”

Jonty Hendry - General Manager, BATS Theatre

“Jenni did a fantastic job in helping us to secure critical partnerships and funding support for our internationally significant Len Lye Centre project – what’s more we really enjoyed working with her.”

Barbara McKerrow - Former CEO New Plymouth District Council

“Giblin Group’s knowledge of government practices and procedures on a national and local level is invaluable, and I often find that they are well connected with staff and officials on all levels of Government. Giblin Group scopes their assignments well, provides accurate cost estimates for their services, delivers within the agreed timeframes and always deliver excellent quality work – no project manager can really ask for more!”

Kritzo Venter, Senior Stormwater Engineer, Wanganui District Council

“The work that the Giblin Group completed, in collaboration with our staff, was instrumental in the success the project has had in securing significant funding to this key City initiative. In particular we have found the experience of the Giblin Group to been invaluable in seeking funding from a variety of sources in an increasingly challenging environment.”

Lance Vervoort, General Manager – Community, Hamilton City Council