The Tindall Foundation is a private family foundation that gives to organisations and communities throughout Aotearoa New Zealand by way of donations, training, capacity building and research, and by partnering with others.
We want to see communities grow and prosper so our childrens’ children will have the very best chance in life. As a family and as an organisation, we feel very fortunate to be in a position that enables us to share with others.
Giving More Than Money
Our philosophy to philanthropy
We love working alongside organisations around New Zealand with the outstanding work they do. Our philosophy to philanthropy guides how we help these inspiring organisations to create change.
Traditionally, philanthropy is seen as the desire to promote the welfare of others, usually in the form of a financial donation to a good cause. Increasingly, however, people tell us that the role The Tindall Foundation plays is about more than money. It’s about time, knowledge, expertise, influence, connections, capacity building, networking and convening. Some people call this ‘transformational’ philanthropy rather than the more traditional ‘transactional’ philanthropy.
That fits well with the way we generally try to work — strategically and in collaboration with organisations, other funders, government and businesses. We offer our skills and leadership, build open two-way relationships and lend our influence and support to advocate for change.
At the heart of it all, is generosity. We are working in a transformational way to collaborate with many organisations to make Aotearoa New Zealand a far stronger place for future generations.
How we work
Our approach to donating to New Zealand communities and organisations is unique in its nature. We work differently from other funders such as Community Trusts, Gaming Trusts and Government who have large amounts of effectively ‘public’ money to distribute for community good. Because ours is private family money donated by The Tindall Family, we can choose to support causes that are most important to us as a family. We can also be flexible and intentional, giving to areas of greatest need and to projects that we believe will make the most significant difference – to change people’s lives for the better.
We sometimes act as a seed funder, helping initiatives and organisations to get off the ground. Or, we can give organisations a boost to continue the good work they are already doing. Because we have limited resources, we generally do not provide ongoing funding for initiatives, but like to think we can provide a ‘hand up’ to help along the way, or to act as a catalyst for change, giving people the support and tools they need to find solutions to their own problems.
With a donations budget of around $10-$12 million a year, it is clear that we do not have the resources to support all issues. Therefore, there are some areas that we leave to government, other funders or other members of the public. Examples include core education, health, disability, arts, sports and buildings.