Remembering Kitty Hilton

17 January 2018 / News

It is with great sadness that we record the passing of NZSQ Trust board member Kitty Hilton in June this year. Kitty was appointed to the board in 2016 but her connection to chamber music and the NZSQ went right back to the music she was surrounded by in her childhood. Her uncle, Arthur Hilton, was president of the New Zealand Chamber Music Federation (now CMNZ) for 20 years, and Kitty was proud to continue his legacy through her contribution to the NZSQ board.

Kitty was highly regarded, both in New Zealand and in Australia, as a fundraising and philanthropy consultant working with not-for-profit organisations. She was a fellow of the Fundraising Institute of New Zealand and, for a time, CEO of the Nikau Foundation. Over the course of her 20 years as a fundraiser, Kitty raised many millions of dollars for charities including the Life Flight Trust, Ronald McDonald House, Mary Potter Hospice, Outward Bound and CanTeen.

Kitty was passionate about fundraising as a means for social impact and once said: "I believe us fundraisers are game changers and dream brokers. We bring together a need in the world and someone who has a passion to address that need, and together we change community for the better."

We will miss Kitty’s warmth and wit, and the wealth of experience and expertise she brought to the NZSQ Trust.

Read more about Kitty’s life and work in this Stuff tribute.

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