We would like to see generosity and giving become a greater part of the fabric of New Zealand society, so individuals and all businesses act with a social conscience and give back to their local communities.
We see our role as a supporter and promoter of community foundations and cross-sector initiatives. We encourage and support businesses and their staff to give generously of their time, skills and expertise to help community organisations. We work in the following three ways:
Social and Community Involvement By Business
We believe it is crucial that Kiwi businesses, from large corporate to small local companies, work in ways to engage and support their communities both financially and through social and community initiatives. We have a limited budget in this area, but would look to support:
- Credible organisations that actively promote and/or successfully broker business, social and community engagement and/or public debate on the issue
- sustainable initiatives/projects that address real social issues, rather than acting as another form of marketing and self promotion
Emerging Forms of Generosity (Community Foundations)
We support the development of generosity through a network of sustainable and effective community foundations across the country so New Zealanders can give more generously to their communities.
There are 14 community foundations now in place in both urban and rural areas. We see community foundations as being crucial to the wellbeing of local communities.
Read more about community foundations and the national body responsible for supporting them Community Foundations of New Zealand.
How we have supported organisations:
Community Foundations of New Zealand
Community Foundations of New Zealand (CFNZ) was established in 2013 to support the new establishment and growth of community foundations across New Zealand. Professional member organisations are all aiming to build a permanent endowment fund that will benefit their local community, for generations to come, forever.
The first community foundation was established in Cleveland (USA) in 1914 for the purpose of pooling the charitable gifts local people from all walks of life into a single, great, permanent trust to be administered for the betterment of their city.
In New Zealand, the Tindall Foundation has been instrumental in supporting the growth of the Community Foundation movement since 2003, the success of which continues to grow.
Community philanthropy is spreading to many regions in New Zealand, with 14 community foundations now in place across the country in both urban and rural areas. Community foundations combined have with $65M in funds under management and $200M in promised funds. It is exciting to see the growth in the funds under management, but more importantly, to see the difference they are really starting to make in their local communities.
The Tindall Foundation sees community foundations and CFNZ as being crucial to the wellbeing of local communities. They are one of the fastest growing forms of philanthropy internationally; these place-based foundations simplify philanthropic giving for people wanting to “give where they live”.
CFNZ is working together with The Tindall Foundation to encourage further spread of community foundations across the country. Our aim is for every New Zealander to have access to a local community foundation as a means of supporting local generosity where they live.
For more information, and for the location of local foundations in New Zealand, please visit Community Foundations of New Zealand.
- We have been supporting them – 11 years – since 2002
- Development of a community foundation fits our strategy – Promoting Generosity
and Giving. Local support and environment made them likely to succeed. Community foundations develop an endowment fund to invest and distribute investment income wisely to support local causes.
- Acorn Foundation has developed, with support through its milestones, funds of
$8.2 million. It now distributes approximately $310,000 per year of its own funds to local community initiatives, and acts as Funding Manager to distribute local donations for The Tindall Foundation
- Donation $265,000 total over 11 years
Volunteers are vital to the community so we encourage people of all ages, especially retired and young people, to give back to their community through volunteering. Our Funding Managers provide donations to support a range of local voluntary activity. We ask that they prioritise groups using volunteers when distributing our funds. We also partner with key national organisations that work to promote volunteering and links to volunteer centres.