Small steps - lasting change

October 2022 News

Our Annual Impact Report released recently tells our stories, and we hope gives a real sense of the culture of philanthropy we are building, in partnership with our 17 member foundations, and the generous local people who inspire us every day with their vision for their communities.

In the words of the late Queen Elizabeth II:
“It is worth remembering that it is often the small steps, not the giant leaps, that bring about the most lasting change”.

Together we are taking steps – sometimes small, sometimes giant – and together we are discovering new ways to strengthen local communities, hei whakakaha i ngā hāpori o Aotearoa - thank you Aotearoa NZ for your generosity.

Ngā manaakitanga,
Arron Perriam and Eleanor Cater
Community Foundations of New Zealand

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New Ambassador Appointed

Award-winning journalist and presenter, Miriama Kamo, has recently joined our team of CFNZ Ambassadors.

Miriama says that Community Foundations are a 'brilliant concept'. “It can be hard to know where your giving will make the biggest impact. The beauty of Community Foundations is that advice is available to help achieve impact across your interests – for me that’s te ao Māori, environment and education. I love that giving can be so specific to the things that matter to me, and can work for the future of Aotearoa.”

Welcome, Miriama! 
CFNZ Ambassador, Miriama Kamo
Read more about our Ambassadors here

Knowing your options for leaving a lasting legacy

Kiwis aren't always aware of the options to leave a legacy and that their local Community Foundation may provide the perfect not-for-profit vehicle to give for the long-term.

Check out our article by Eleanor Cater in this month's New Zealand Law Society magazine Lawtalk, focusing on meaningful conversations about philanthropy and helping clients to understand their options.
Read the article here

In the news!

Over the past couple of months, you may have spotted Community Foundations featured in some high-profile media - check us out on TVNZ’s Seven Sharp - thanks Arron Perriam for representing our network so well!

Watch the story here
And, if you travelled on Air New Zealand in September, you may have spotted our article in Kia Ora magazine, all about the founders of Community Foundations of NZ, and the quiet growth of a $750m network, in partnership with locals.

Thank you to our founding ambassadors Sir Stephen Tindall, Bill Holland and Neil Craig for your unwavering support for our mission.
Read the Kia Ora article here
Thank you TVNZ and Air New Zealand for supporting the work of Community Foundations across Aotearoa NZ.

Waikato’s Community Foundation branches out

Momentum Waikato Community Foundation has appointed Michelle Crook of Whangamata as their first Coromandel-Hauraki Community Engagement Coordinator.

Michelle, who has vast experience in governance and fundraising for not-for-profits, says she is excited to have joined an organisation that helps generous donors perpetually support their favourite local charities, projects and changemakers.

“We recognise that philanthropy is built on trust and local connections, so my mission is to provide the people of the Coromandel and Hauraki with their own opportunity to make positive change for their communities”, said Michelle.

Michelle Crook, new Community Engagement Coordinator for Coromandel-Hauraki
Read more here

Investing in the youth of Taranaki

Taranaki Foundation are delighted to be working in partnership with Taranaki Steelformers and the NP Partners Forum to amplify the profile, visibility and impact of Youth Boost to help Taranaki young people achieve their dreams.

“Youth Boost is a great way for us as a company to give back to the province and support 24 young people each year to follow their dreams, while at the same time taking a little bit of the financial burden away from parents or guardians”, says founder Brendon Back.

Brendon Back from Taranaki Steelformers, John Leuthart from NP Partners, and Josh Hickford from Taranaki Foundation celebrate the new Youth Boost partnership
Read more about the Youth Boost partnership

New Fund established by the Taupō School of Music

Local children will benefit from the new fund established by the Taupō School of Music, through Geyser Community Foundation.

Chair of the Music School’s Board of Trustees, Tracey Lidington, said the endowment fund was part of Taupō School of Music’s long-term funding strategy. “Donations made to the fund will be managed by the Geyser Community Foundation and the capital retained forever. Establishing a fund with the Geyser Community Foundation provides a special and powerful way for trustees, tutors, students, supporters and members of the public to make contributions including bequests and endowments in wills at any time.”

Established in 1989 by Elizabeth Marshall and the late Ingulf Revfiem, the Taupō School of Music provides opportunities for children living in the Taupō District to learn to play a musical instrument from experienced tutors at minimal cost. 

Students and teachers at the Taupō School of Music, benefitting from a new fund invested with Geyser Community Foundation
Read more about the Taupō Fund

Te Awa Community Foundation forges strong ties in Tararua District

Following the establishment of six local community funds, the partnership between Te Awa Community Foundation and Tararua District Council (TDC) has continued to flourish. They are joining forces to co-brand a Funders Forum, together with other significant funders in the area. 

Te Awa Board Chair, Clive Pedley, says “Tararua District Council have shown a strong commitment to promoting Te Awa Community Foundation as a solution for intergenerational sustainable communities, led by Mayor Tracey Collis and Economic Development Manager Mark Maxwell. Further promotion of the local funds will get underway shortly.”

We wish the region every success, together building a whole new intergenerational funding structure from local generosity.

Te Awa Community Foundation is partnering with the Tararua District Council in a funding partnership for the benefit of the local community.

Tairāwhiti Scholarship recognises commitment to study

In the early days of Gisborne-based The Sunrise Foundation, a scholarship fund was set up by the EIT Students Association to support students who are facing financial barriers to education.

This year Jaedi Davies received one of the scholarships, recognising her commitment to study and acknowledging her daily three-hour return trip from Tokomaru Bay to attend her Bachelor of Nursing classes.

Jaedi first considered a career in nursing while living in Australia after her son, who is now 8, was born with complications, requiring a tracheostomy and a 6-month stay in intensive care. She says, “The way they helped my son when he was a baby gave me an appreciation of how much nurses do. After moving back to NZ in 2019, I've wanted to study nursing".

“My end goal is to become a community nurse on the Coast. We lack medical professionals there, so if I can help fill that gap and be closer to home, that would be awesome”. Congratulations on receiving this well-deserved scholarship, Jaedi!  

Jaedi Davies, recipient of the 2022 scholarship fund with EIT Tairāwhiti, managed by Gisborne's Sunrise Foundation

Three young local artists receive funding boost in Bay of Plenty

A visual artist, a published poet and writer, and an accomplished violinist have all been awarded arts awards for 2022 in a partnership between Acorn Foundation and Creative Bay of Plenty.

Tauranga Girls’ College student Sarah Lee was the recipient of the Christine Tustain Classical Music Award. An outstanding violinist, Sarah will begin a Bachelor of Music at the University of Auckland in 2023.

The Acorn Foundation scholarships that support emerging talent in the creative sector provide a significant boost to the careers of the recipients. Not only do they support the financial aspects of study which allows students to focus on their academic work, they also motivate recipients to achieve success.”

Read more about the scholarship recipients

Celebrating the philanthropic potential of Eastern Bay

By Rosemary Sloman, Executive Officer, Eastern Bay Community Foundation

Overlooking a wild and very windswept Ohope coastline, guests arrived at our annual celebration on 29th September, ushered in by incessant rain to a warm and welcoming reception, delicious canapes and a fabulous feast. Friends of the Eastern Bay Community Foundation, enjoyed the banter of MC, local Funeral Director & Trustee, Brad Shaw, along with the carefully considered introduction by Arron Perriam, ED of Community Foundations New Zealand, on how it takes a village, to get behind a smarter way of giving, for the futures of our grandchildren.

This was followed by an inspiring view by Kelvyn Eglinton, CEO of Momentum Waikato Community Foundation, on how to get everyone in the same room, when it comes to impactful change, and more importantly the benefits of collaboration in creating a caring and sharing philanthropic community. Kelvyn has provoked the Eastern Bay to consider looking at their needs and aspirations differently.

Thank you all for your inspiration!

Some of the Eastern Bay Community Foundation team: (L-R) Trustee Leisha Thompson, Chair Scottie McLeod, Arron Perriam (CFNZ), Trustee Brad Shaw, Trustee Viv Barr, Treasurer Christine Mansell, Trustee Paul Nicolson, Operational Support Lyndell Jones.

Local trust resettled with Wakatipu Community Foundation

The trustees of the Bruce Grant Youth Trust have resettled the trust’s funds to the care of Wakatipu Community Foundation, with the trustees continuing to oversee the grants and fundraising. The trust has supported many young adults in Wakatipu to reach their goals, after being established in 1995 following the death of Bruce Grant, who died after summiting K2. 

Craig Ferguson, trustee of the Bruce Grant Trust, said “The Wakatipu Community Foundation will ensure that the legacy of Bruce Grant continues and that our goal of supporting our youth’s sporting and cultural endeavours will remain a priority.”

Increasingly, local trusts are finding Community Foundations are a sound solution for the future of their trust funds, ensuring that the original purpose continues on in perpetuity.

Jennifer Belmont, CEO of Wakatipu Community Foundation (front), with trustees of the Bruce Grant Memorial Trust, who have resettled trust funds with their local Community Foundation. Photo Credit: Philip Chandler
Listen to this interview from Wakatipu Community Foundation

How does the unique model of giving through Community Foundations actually work?

You can choose causes close to your heart or leave it up to your local Community Foundation to utilise local knowledge and to channel funding to where it is needed most in your community.

You can choose causes close to your heart or leave it up to your local Community Foundation to utilise local knowledge and to channel funding to where it is needed most in your community.

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Generosity in the news!

This wonderful story of generosity, from Hawke's Bay Foundation, was recently featured in Hawke’s Bay Today.

"I felt it was such a positive thing to do to improve someone's life, to contribute to people's wellbeing. Isn't that amazing to have the power to do that? My advice to others is that if you're in a position to give through your will, talk to your solicitor. It's very easy and so many people will benefit."

Anya and Ruurd Van Etten wanted to repay the warmth and support the region has extended them through a gift in their will.
Read the news story here
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