The Te Awa Community Foundation will build a local fund that will benefit the local community, forever.

Quite simply, it encourages local generosity. It will connect people who care with causes that matter.

  • The Foundation will provide an opportunity for people to leave a gift to their community (either through donations or through a gift in their Will).
  • Funds are pooled and invested in perpetuity; the interest from the funds will support the local community every year, forever.
  • Generous people (donors) work in partnership with the Community Foundation and can choose which causes will benefit from their distributions.
  • Voluntary trustees are committed to ensuring a strong and caring Foundation supporting the local community.

Community Foundations are a global success story, the concept began in North America in 1914 and today there are 1,838 Funds worldwide with $63.2 billion of funds under management.

They are steadily growing in New Zealand, today with over $120 million in managed funds and over $360m pledged in anticipated bequests.

Including Te Awa Community Foundation there are now 17 Community Foundations in New Zealand, covering over 80% of the country. See more at