The Clutha Foundation, a local fund to be grown by the generosity of locals, is launching this week, in Balclutha, Otago.
New Zealand’s newest Community Foundation will be one of 16 around New Zealand which is being grown by the power of local generosity. People can give to the Foundation and their money is pooled and invested, with the income being returned to community causes.
The Clutha District hopes to emulate the success Community Foundations are seeing in other parts of the country, where we are seeing growing local funds really transforming communities.
It’s no surprise that Community Foundations are proving to be such a success story in New Zealand. Kiwis love their local communities and our country fosters a culture of giving, and giving back to communities is a really fulfilling. New Zealanders are very generous, they want to make a difference and leave a legacy for the future. It’s empowering for many to discover an easy way to do this, for the long term, is through their local Community Foundation.
And Community Foundations are not just for the wealthy, we see many every day Kiwis who want to give to their community, either in life or through their estate when they leave this world. It’s amazing to see that so many people simply gain so much joy from giving.
Former Prime Minister and the long-serving Clutha-Southland MP Sir William English is the Foundation’s Patron. He has said he can see the long-term potential of such an initiative, and that increasingly communities need to take charge of their own needs. We agree that giving this opportunity directly to local communities themselves is very empowering. Change can come from within.
We have the right people driving this for the Clutha District and the potential is very encouraging. Congratulations Clutha, both CFNZ and other Community Foundations look forward to playing a part in your success as your local folk give where they live and, over time, enable local community transformation.
Photos from the Clutha Foundation launch, 17th August 2018 in Balclutha, Otago