Our Founder, Stephen Tindall was in Gisborne five years ago to help launch The Sunrise Foundation (Sunrise) and he has been thrilled to see it grow into a successful community foundation that has given away over $300k to the local community to date. As a supporter of the community foundation model, The Tindall Foundation has assisted with the establishment of 18 independent community foundations throughout New Zealand.
The Sunrise Foundation is also TTF’s Local Donation Manager in the Gisborne region, meaning that it donates funds on our behalf .
Sunrise is the community foundation for Tairāwhiti-Gisborne (the area governed by Gisborne District Council). They are governed by a local voluntary board, are community-focused and are striving to build a permanent endowment fund which will benefit the local community, forever.
Generous local donors have grown endowments to $4.5 million and have promised a further $3.5 million in bequests to The Sunrise Foundation since Sunrise was launched in October 2014.
John Clarke, Sunrise Chair, says “we are thrilled with support we’ve had from the many people and organisations who have made donations, provided funding and sponsorship, and volunteered their time, to help Sunrise become the fastest growing community foundation in the country.”
“It is due to their generosity that we have been in a position to help so many local charities and community groups to do the important work they do for and in our community.”
Sunrise has just announced the grant recipients in their fifth funding round, which has seen them distribute $120,000 to local causes across the arts, education, environment, health, social services and sports communities throughout Tairāwhiti-Gisborne.
Colin Christie, Sunrise Deputy Chair, says the team at Sunrise have got a lot to celebrate.
“Donations from locals have seen our endowments grow to $4.5 million, enabling us to grant a total of $310,000 to local community organisations during our first five years.”
“This far exceeds any expectations we had when we started and to be the fastest growing community foundation in New Zealand is a testament to the generosity of our small community.”
Sunrise is celebrating five fabulous years of generosity and giving in Tairāwhiti-Gisborne at a sold out gala dinner celebration on Friday, 1st November.
Sunrise grant recipients 2019
Cancer Society Gisborne East Coast (Gavin McFarlane Fund)
Eastland Rescue Helicopter (Bob and Aileen Harris Fund)
EIT Students Association
Gisborne Bowling Club (Bob and Aileen Harris Fund)
Gisborne Homeschool Organisation (Holdsworth Family Fund)
Gisborne International Music Competition
Gisborne Land Search & Rescue (Bob and Aileen Harris Fund)
Gisborne Riding For Disabled
Gisborne Stroke Support Services
Gisborne Volunteer Centre
Hospice Tairāwhiti (Gavin McFarlane and Rosemary Johnson Funds)
Life Education Trust
Mangapapa Union Church
Midway Surf Club
Parafed Gisborne Tairāwhiti
Patu Tahi Boxing Club
Surfing for Farmers
Tairāwhiti Age Concern
Tairāwhiti Beneficiary Advocacy Trust
Tairāwhiti Community Law Centre
Tairāwhiti Multicultural Council
Tairāwhiti Voyaging Trust
Tauawhi Mens Centre
Te Hapori Disability Trust
Tolaga Surf Life Saving Club
Victim Support Tairāwhiti
Waikanae Surf Lifesaving Club
Waikohu Health Fund
Wainui Surf Club (Bob and Aileen Harris Fund)
Waipaoa Station Farm Cadet Training Trust (Bob and Aileen Harris Fund)