Community Foundations of New Zealand (CFNZ)

seedling smallCFNZ supports the new establishment and the fast accelerating growth of community foundations across New Zealand. Our professional member organisations are all building a permanent endowment fund that will benefit their local community, for generations to come, forever.

Quite simply, we encourage local generosity. We connect local people who care with causes that matter.

Community foundations are the fastest growing form of philanthropy in the world today and they are continuing to spread across New Zealand. If you don’t know how we work, or our crucial points of difference, have a browse through our website and links to member websites to find out more.

How do we work?

Why would you choose your local community foundation?



 We are proud of our professional status, with members striving to achieve the following:

1. We help build strong communities

Strong, vital communities are those in which everyone can participate. They are resourceful and resilient. Community foundations nurture and build our communities strengths and assets. We respond to challenges and opportunities and support organisations to do likewise.

2. We seek to understand and care for our communities

Changes to the economy, the environment and demographics are constant and affect our country and communities. We participate in the life of the community, continually engaging in research, consultation and discussion. We track and report on local and national trends and respond to change.

3. We embrace diversity and create opportunities for dialogue and discussion

Supporting a vibrant community means ensuring that people with different experiences and points of view are included. We bring together people in our communities for dialogue and joint problem solving. We participate when invited to symposiums convened by others and engage the broader community in our deliberations and decision making.

4. We work together and embrace partnerships

More can be achieved when we work together. We support and act collaboratively and believe in the power of joint action to maximise our community’s opportunity and respond to our challenges. We initiate, participate in and support partnerships that build community vitality and are based on shared vision and mutual responsibility.

5. We tackle pressing issues

We believe philanthropy has a role to play in addressing some of the most pressing issues of our time. We work with other foundations, organisations, business and government in our region and across the country to develop our communities and their resources.

6. We are focused on providing excellent donor services

We recognise the central importance of our donors and seek to provide them with responsive high quality attention and service that helps them to maximise the effectiveness and enjoyment of their giving, for today and tomorrow.

7. We grant for breadth and impact

We grant broadly and to all aspects of community life, supporting charitable organisations and programmes that are able to provide evidence of the positive difference they are making.

8. We building community assets and champion philanthropy

We build permanent endowments and other philanthropic funds as community resources both now and for the future. We are passionate champions of philanthropy and engage donors young and old and from all walks of life and traditions. Our donors work with us to find the best ways possible to participate, learn and serve their communities while meeting their charitable goals.

9. We learn and share what we know

We have extraordinary opportunities to learn from the groups we fund, our donors, our partners and our colleagues around the country and the world. We learn, gather data, question, reflect and evaluate so that we can have impact on the important issues in our community and country. We share what we learn with others.

10. We are responsive and accountable

We are credible and reputable stewards of community resources and are committed to being accountable, responsible and transparent. We continually look for the best ways to invest our assets to meet our mission. We are open and accessible, fair and objective, flexible and timely as we work with grant seekers, donors and others in the community.