Our Approach


An immersive partnership always within reach and willing to go the extra mile to reach your goals.

Our five faceted mantra is the foundation of our approach:

What sets us apart is our way of working, our spirit, our core values – leadership and innovation, combined with ethics and accountability. While we cater to specific client needs, it is fundamental that we encourage our clients to be donor and investor centric.
The social purpose sector is unique and we strive to provide clients a holistic, entrepreneurial, confident, trusted and a true partnership.

Through detailed analysis of the critical requirements of our clients we take an informed donor/investor centric approach to grow giving and investment. We design solutions and lead the way in delivering greater value by enabling them to transform their organization to meet critical needs that further their mission.

We focus on client needs and advise, train, coach and share expert knowledge and industry benchmarks. We work closely and openly with our clients to provide the best outcomes that will drive positive social and environmental change aligned with their mission.

We have a committed, positive can-do attitude, readily adapting to needs and circumstances of our clients and their influential advocates, donors, investors, beneficiaries and other important stakeholders.

We encourage fresh thinking and ideas, work efficiently and effectively to apply a creative approach, take informed risks and look to break new ground.

We provide clear, strategic and compelling advice, challenge the status-quo and go above and beyond to make a positive difference.


Thoughts from clients

  • "Spectrum Foundation worked with Giving Architects in the set-up of our organisation and fundraising programme. The team provided flexible advice and support in a rapidly shifting and changing environment, working in partnership with us to build and shape the programme together. Always thinking from a donor perspective, their insight and experience has been key to the progress we have made so far. Thank you for all your help! "  
    Fenella Humphreys
    Director of Philanthropy and Impact | Spectrum Foundation
  • "The team of Giving Architects became the Selwyn team, and it was like having a fundraising team there, working together with us. We were able to bring in ideas and views together and challenge them to form firm foundations for a sustainable fundraising programme for the organisation. The Giving Architects team provided us with good structures and processes with weekly meetings and monthly reports to then keep us on track. Giving Architects were faced with quite a few challenges during the project, but the team was able to provide us with some really good ground rules, views and decisions to build our internal expertise and to start our fundraising journey. Often with consultants, it’s very academic and it means something when they are there, but when they’re gone, you are left with; now what? But Giving Architects gave The Selwyn Foundation that route map on how best to progress. Knowing that they were there and could guide us was so important."  
    Karen Coleman
    Director, Marketing and Communications | The Selwyn Foundation
  • "I have much pleasure in providing this reference to support the capabilities and implementation planning expertise of Giving Architects in assisting organisations in achieving their capital fundraising goals. Giving Architects has much experience in the successful capital raising for a wide range of projects. I have known the team of Giving Architects in both Auckland and Hawke’s Bay for major projects to build Institutes of Sport & Health. The team can be completely relied on to research and develop a campaign that will succeed, prepare and deliver timely reports and provide wise counsel and advice along the way. Giving Architects has a great ability in consensus building and working with project stakeholders to secure their support. The project I led in Hawke’s Bay was ambitious and demanding. Giving Architects identified the ingredients for success and gave me and fellow Trustees the confidence to move forward on the pathway identified. They make a 101%commitment to the project, including making changes to the fundraising plan as changing circumstances dictate. Giving Architects steps up in demanding circumstances and will not let you down. I can thoroughly recommend Giving Architects."
    Sir Graeme Avery
    Former Chair | Hawke's Bay Community Fitness Centre Trust
  • "On behalf of the Manchester House Board, I wish to extend our thanks for what you have accomplished for the Society. Your efforts and planning have dragged us into the 21st century with the finalisation of the Impact Investment Assessment Report and the Executive Summary. This has enabled us to see our way forward to a more stable and sustainable financial future, once these plans are enacted. Thank you again Clive for getting our programme moving as we look forward to a brighter and more stable and sustainable future."
    Kevin Darragh
    Chair of Manchester House Social Services Society Inc.
  • “We have always valued the opportunity to engage and work with Giving Architects at times when we are required to make key strategic decisions. They are always incredibly well informed about best practice fundraising, international and domestic trends in philanthropy and the emergence of impact investment in the for-purpose sector. With child sponsorship such a well entrenched model for many NGO’s all over the world, the decline of that market in many western countries presented great challenges in how to adapt in a way that would best serve the people they exist to serve.  Understanding this challenge and approaching it from a donor-centric perspective is something that Giving Architects have helped us deal with effectively. The latest opportunity to consider impact investment, a rapidly growing market, and how it might best help ChildFund New Zealand achieve its objectives has  been the latest opportunity for us to work with Giving Architects. Their adaptability and insights across both philanthropic and investment markets has provided key insights and guidance as we traverse how we work with partners to best meet urgent needs in developing countries.  We look forward to working with them to effectively engage the impact investor market and achieve the transformational change in the lives of the children we are committed to.”
    Paul Brown
    CEO at ChildFund
  • “As an organisation we needed to do something different from what everyone else is doing.  I got to meet Giving Architects and they knew a lot about what was going on in the sector but were also looking at things in a different perspective. So when I started talking to them about doing things differently, they were  very open to the idea and I soon learnt that their connections and networks gave them the basis for a very good background of what is happening in New Zealand in the sector, and they were well connected internationally as well. For my organisation, I didn’t want to do what everyone else had done. We engaged a number of different organisations over time and most of the other organisations had a formula that they rolled out but Giving Architects thought about things differently. They took time to understand what we did and how we did things and why I wanted to change what we do as an organisation. With that background, Giving Architects came to us with different ideas and different approaches and different ways of looking at what we need to do to change our model. The knowledge and experience of Giving Architects was absolutely critical when it came to us choosing to engage them. It gave us a much wider view of what is happening in the sector, not just in New Zealand but internationally and that helped me in my decision making process along with that of the management and the Board. Those way finders that Giving Architects provide are critical to informing that decision making process. Our issues aren’t significantly different from other organisations but we wanted to take an approach that was different so they were prepared to come and meet us on our terms and talk to us about how we might want to approach things, and that has worked for us ever since we have engaged Giving Architects.”
    Wayne Howett
    CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities New Zealand
  • Clive has shown me that professional fundraisers can truly add significant value. His strategic thinking, drive and leadership have been fundamental to our success and I always come away thinking he has given more than he has taken. Clive is a true professional, who I hold in the highest regard.
    Jon Tanner
    Investment Adviser, Craigs Investment Partners
  • I have worked with Clive Pedley and Iyanthi Wijayanayake on a targeted fundraising campaign which had excellent results. I found them to be thoroughly professional, well prepared and highly effective in whatever they have undertaken on our behalf.
    Bob Kerridge
    Former Executive Director, The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Auckland Inc.
  • Clive is value-driven, creative, innovative and passionate about fundraising and philanthropy. His enthusiastic and exciting approach to his work is engaging and contagious. I have got to know Clive through serving together on the CFRE International Board. Having worked with leaders in the non-profit sector in all corners of the world for a number of years, I have found Clive’s insights, initiatives and knowledge about best-practice fundraising to be of the highest standard. In addition, he has a message about social investment innovation that the world needs to hear. To know Clive and to work with him is both a privilege and a gift.
    J. A Tony Myers CFRE
    Principal and Senior Counsel, Myers and Associates, Canada
  • Knowledgeable, skilful and generous in the extreme’ are the first thoughts that come to mind when I think about working with Clive and Iyanthi. Together they make a formidable team. I have worked with Clive and Iyanthi over a number of years and they are currently helping Coastguard with a complex partnership project in Canterbury. They have been flexible and patient as we have dealt with numerous changes and challenges. Clive has a wonderful ability to bring a group of people with differing ideas and priorities together and unite them with a plan to take the project to the next stage. Iyanthi brings expertise and delivers it with professionalism and genuine warmth ensuring everyone gets on board with enthusiasm. It is an ongoing joy to work with them. No matter how challenging or even frustrating a situation is, Clive and Iyanthi have a depth of experience and skill that means they are able to defuse the situation and come up with inventive and workable solutions. I absolutely welcomed this opportunity to recommend Clive and Iyanthi, they enjoy my utmost respect.
    Dominique Leeming CFRE FFINZ
    Marketing & Fundraising Manager, SPCA New Zealand
  • Giving Architects undertook preparation for our 150th capital project, Te Ara Matauranga, through a sound campaign readiness assessment. a challenge to define and convey, they spent time working with us to effectively engage our key constituents and develop an informed capital campaign strategy. with the major challenges made quite clear in relation to our initial ambitions, we adjusted the project and scale of fundraising ambition. this still unprecedented and demanding project required expert knowledge and guidance to support our development office, school leadership and willing volunteers. we have found that the advisory services giving architects have provided for the past 18 months have guided us through a variety of capital campaign challenges and ensured we have made good decisions based on well informed views and a sound awareness of best practice.
    Amanda Stanes
    Former Director of Advancement, Auckland Grammar School
  • The Well Foundation engaged Clive and Iyanthi to assess the feasibility of a potential capital campaign and provide our board with the key requirements for it to run successfully. Clive and Iyanthi’s knowledge of fundraising strategy, structure and execution is outstanding. They conducted numerous face to face interviews with leading philanthropists and provided detailed reports which gave us insights and user-friendly analysis, against a capital campaign context, so our board and team could make robust decisions. Their networks and knowledge of the market were exceptional and I would thoroughly recommend their services.
    Andrew Young
    Former CEO, Well Foundation

Get in touch with us

New Zealand 
Nigel Harris :  M  +61-407-628-605
Email : nigel@givingarchitects.com

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