NEXT’s approach to governance

  • NEXT founders Neal and Annette Plowman wanted a board that was small, flexible and philosophically aligned, with people they knew and trusted
  • The thinking in the original strategic plan included creation of a specialist advisory panel and an emphasis on governance when selecting partners
  • Providing governance and management support was a trait of the Plowman’s early philanthropy and has continued under NEXT
  • NEXT supports various high performance organisations in the areas of environment and education. Support of these partners nearly always includes a NEXT representative (the ‘waka kaihautū’ or NEXT navigator) engaged at governance level
  • NEXT carefully considers the governance structure for the organisations it invests in (by way of grants) and if an investable organisation doesn’t exist NEXT may build it

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