What is a Community Foundation?

Community Foundations are building  a local fund which will benefit their local community forever.

They provide an easy way for people to give to their community, connecting generous people who care with causes that matter.

How did Community Foundations start?

The concept began in North America in 1914 and today there are 1,838 Funds world wide with $63.2 billion under management.

Currently there are 16 Community Foundations in New Zealand, from Northland through to Queenstown in the south. Together they have over $100 million under management with an additional $250 million in anticipated funds (or bequests).

It’s a growing movement with several more Community Foundations in the planning stages.


Read the story of how Vancouver Community Foundation began with humble beginnings and grew to a fund of over $1b at the link here – Vancouver Foundation Story

Hear Bill Holland, CFNZ Trustee, talk about Community Foundations on National Radio at the link here – Bill Holland RNZ interview 12 October 2017

How do Community Foundations work?

Ways to give through your local Community Foundation

Find your nearest Community Foundation