As a philanthropist and art collector Dame Jenny Gibbs' influence on raising the profile of New Zealand art internationally and within New Zealand, particularly Auckland, has been immense. Jenny has demonstrated her commitment to the arts through leadership of numerous arts projects with her most ambitious personal undertakings being the establishment of the New Gallery for Auckland Art Gallery and supporting New Zealand's presence at the Venice Biennale.
Her roles include Founder and Chair of the Patrons of the Auckland Art Gallery and the Auckland Contemporary Arts Trust, Founding Trustee of the Arts Foundation of New Zealand, Foundation Donor and Board Member of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, and as a long time member of the prestigious International Council of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Her enthusiasm and passion for the arts also sees Jenny as a Founding Patron and significant donor to many arts organisations and a supporter of private individuals. She provides significant support to the arts through permitting the use of her home in Auckland for advocacy and social functions. In 2004 her contributions to the Auckland region were acknowledged when she received the second Auckland City Distinguished Citizen Award. She is widely recognised as one of this country's most comprehensive private collectors.