Jillian Friedlander

Director, Friedlander Foundation

Jillian heralds from a lineage of competent pioneering women who have penned their names for the suffragette movement to gain equality of the vote in our country. Running farms and or businesses in a marriage partnership, or at the fate, after death of their husbands.

Six generations of mixed descent connected to Ngāi Tahu, born in Waihōpai / Invercargill, growing up in the Murihiku region. Regular travel to see family and friends on Rakiura / Stewart Island and up to Õtepoti / Dunedin, along the Otago Peninsula.
This foundation entwined with a sense of service and community at the fore, be it an AFS scholarship, volunteer of Land Search and Rescue (LandSAR) in the Catlins, NZ Territorial Army (The Army Reserve Force ResF) to being an enthusiast of the arts. Studying art by correspondence due to remoteness to performing competitions for Highland and National Dancing throughout Otago and Southland.

Over the years Jillian has held roles within the Not-for-Profit sector, ranging from youth development, the arts and medical awareness, this preparation of experiences has allowed focus for the Friedlander Foundation. With the philosophy and collaboration of ‘leg-up-in-life’ an independent Auckland organization representing charitable activity since 1960s.

Belonging to a local community is fundamental, Friedlander Foundation has a longstanding track record through sustainable support for children and young people. Inspiring confidence and aspiration with Outward Bound New Zealand, Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Awards, Great Potentials and Barnardo’s cross pollinating where possible with the arts- promoting education, culture, creativity, and awareness from Royal New Zealand Ballet, New Zealand Opera, Auckland Theatre Company, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, The Arts Foundation Te Tumu Toi, Auckland War Memorial Museum, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.
Our research and development in various Medical fields, goes towards making a positive difference to all New Zealanders. Humanist potential cross-sector solutions such as Auckland Bio Engineering Institute (ABI), Auckland University, non-partisan, Centre for informed futures: Koi Tū, The Liggins Institute, Auckland Medical Research Foundation (AMRF) and other peer review projects for early intervention.

Jillian is married to Daniel Friedlander, they have twin daughters, Arielle and Maia. She advocates and scribes to writing poetry, painting color field expressionism and the art of travel.