There is no doubt that supporting a cause that you care about is incredibly rewarding.
You will enjoy the immense satisfaction of leaving a lasting legacy, forever.
Read some stories here of local generosity and contact us today if you are keen to support your own community in this way.


Making a gift in a Will “so simple and easy”

shirley potterShirley Potter loves where she lives and has made a gift in her will to benefit the Tongariro Memorial Fund managed by Geyser Community Foundation.

Shirley said the process was simple and easy.  “An email to my lawyer and one to Geyser – done!”  

A long-time visitor to Turangi and the surrounding area, Shirley became a  permanent resident three years ago.  She is employed as a Wetland Ranger for Project Tongariro for a few hours each week in the Te Matapuna Wetlands.  The rest of the week she generously volunteers her time.  “Leaving a gift in my will to Project Tongariro means that the fantastic work that this largely voluntary organisation does in this beautiful part of the country will continue on long into the future.  In the meantime, I have plenty of pest animals and plants to deal to for a good number of years yet!!”

The Tongariro Memorial Fund is a unique memorial to four national park rangers who lost their lives in a helicopter crash in the park in December 1982.  Income from the fund will help support four key areas of focus: conservation, education, history, recreation and natural history enabling Project Tongariro to continue development of projects and programmes in and around Tongariro National Park, World Heritage Area, and in the wider Taupo region. See more at the link here.


Payroll giving making an impact

Cheryl Reynolds loves her community of the Waikato and, during her time working for Momentum Waikato she began gifting 10% of her salary back to the Foundation through payroll giving. Cheryl decided to use her fund to support two Waikato social enterprises close to her heart. She says, “Anyone can give through payroll giving, no matter the amount – it’s easy, it adds up and can make a real difference. My fund is growing steadily over time, and now I have the joy of choosing how to distribute it to create impact here and now in our community.” See Cheryl’s story at the link here



Seeing the difference your generosity makes in your lifetime

chris tustainIn 2012 Chris Tustain decided to start putting money into her own Endowment Fund through Acorn Foundation and since then has added to the fund each year.  Chris says, “It is good to see it growing steadily and earning more income each year, and therefore larger amounts are able to be distributed”.

“I have chosen to give awards through Tauranga Performing Arts Competition Society and Sport Bay of Plenty.  I have been fortunate to meet the successful recipients of these awards, and have been amazed at the calibre of these young people.  They work extremely hard and fit so much into their lives.  It is a pleasure to be able to help them in their endeavours.”

Chris believes  that Community Foundations are a wonderful concept. “There are people in our community who have the means to help others financially, and there are those who are in need of assistance.  Through a Community Foundation the money can be channelled accordingly.  If you are able, start up an Endowment Fund now and add to it each year.  You will be surprised at how quickly the funds build up, and you can decide where you want the annual distributions to go.  Ask the Community Foundation to help you, as they really know their local area.”


Gaining great joy from giving

Helen Mills* updated her Will recently and decided to leave a portion of her estate to benefit the community she loves. Her solicitor suggested she consider working with Nelson Bays Community Foundation, so she took a close look at their Beacon of Opportunities to help decide who she would like to support.

Helen gets great joy from knowing that charitable donations will be made in her name to the local community forever. She said, “my solicitor and the foundation made the process so easy.  It’s very satisfying to have this done and know that my chosen charities, and the wider community, will continue to benefit once I’ve gone.”

*Not her real name as this donor wishes to remain anonymous.


Flexing the ‘giving muscle’ young

Hawke’s Bay 24 year old, Jock Nowell-Usticke is busy carving out a music career and the world in which he now finds himself is global and borderless, driven by streaming, social media and the online universe. But Jock says he will always be a Hawke’s Bay boy at heart and he is a regular giver to Hawke’s Bay Foundation.

I had fantastic opportunities as a kid here – school was great, lots of chances to try new things, all in the beautiful Bay.  I think it’s really important to give back and it’s not just up to our parents’ generation to do it. You’ve got to start everything young, and flexing that ‘giving muscle’ should be part of everyone’s life-long exercise regime.”

“I don’t give a lot to the Foundation at the moment – I give what a somewhat impoverished musician can – but I know that each donation I make counts. And I really like the fact that HBF knows where the needs are in the Bay.” 


Supporting local causes dear to the heart

amanda bAmanda B is inspiring for many reasons. Among them are her perpetual desire to give back as well as boldly give forward to those whom she will never know.

Serving as a chaplain at Mary Potter Hospice, Waipuna Hospice Outreach and Hospice Waikato, Amanda has helped many people at the end of their lives. She is on the board of the Hamilton Night Shelter and Abbyfield, and lends her energy to Project Rachel. As a ‘grandmother’ to the children of many of her friends, and with her foster children well established in their own lives, Amanda now knows exactly how she wants to spend her life’s earnings; as a gift to the community.

Discovering Momentum Waikato she has chosen to bestow half her fund to forever support the Vital Impact Programme, and half to support the Hamilton Christian Night Shelter, animal welfare charities, educational opportunities for vulnerable children, and for CBMI, an international charity that transforms the lives of people with disabilities.  Amanda pays tribute to all that have touched her most in life: her experiences in India, the foster children she raised as her own and her Christian faith.

For Amanda B, choosing to give through Momentum Waikato provides her with the perfect vehicle to ensure the things she treasures most continue to benefit from her love and support well beyond her own lifetime.


Believing it’s ‘never too soon’ to start giving

Peter Rollo believes that, at a young age, being surrounded by generous, giving people instilled a deep desire for him to help others and to give back. He has a belief that well-educated youth and great leaders are an important fabric in the success and growth of our communities and has made a provision in his Will, establishing the Peter Rollo Endowment fund through Acorn Foundation.

Peter believes that Acorn’s model which allows his donation to be kept in perpetuity, and to give every year forever, is the right fit for him. He says the process was easy and it allowed him to decide where the fund will be utilised. “My Community Foundation has allowed me to detach from the world I live in to the world of others, which may not be a fortunate as mine, with ease and with confidence.”


Helping musicians to give back to the community

daphneAuckland Foundation is proud to be administering the Daphne Gretta Mary Stevens Community Music Scholarship Fund. Born in 1926 in Helensville, Daphne is a musical stalwart of the Waitoki community. After leaving school at 13 (as was common in those days), she began her music teaching career at age 15 when her cousin starting coming round for piano lessons. Soon she was teaching at Silverdale School, while continuing her own musical development through piano teaching qualifications and musicianship classes.  Daphne has continued to be involved in teaching and performing piano, and has supported and encouraged hundreds of students and local musicians for more than 70 years.

Her considerable services to music were recognised in 2017 with a Queen’s Service Medal (QSM). Sadly, ill-health has meant that Daphne is no longer able to teach. With her continuing love of music and of learning music however, she was keen to set up a music scholarship. Despite the help of friends and support from Age Concern Rodney, she was unable to find an organisation or model that would work. Daphne’s lawyer referred her to Auckland Foundation.

Daphne was relieved to discover how simple it would be to set up a fund, and a few weeks later the Daphne Gretta Mary Stevens Community Music Scholarship Fund was established. Through the scholarship Daphne hopes to encourage and financially support those who want to develop their music skills and to contribute to the South Kaipara’s community’s musical activities. Each year, one scholarship of $3,000 will be awarded to an individual or small group to run music activities and performances for community groups who would benefit.


What story will you write?  Contact us today if you are keen to experience the immense satisfaction of leaving a lasting legacy to your community.