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.
An example of this area we have supported:
- 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.