Community Foundations are local, independent and not-for-profit organisations. They run a tried-and-tested model of place-based philanthropy which has been growing across the world for over 100 years, and they are now established in most regions of Aotearoa New Zealand.
Community Foundations focus on a place and its people, enabling local's aspirations for their community to take shape. They run a lean model and are governed by super passionate and skilled local volunteer Boards.
Community Foundations build long-term, reliable funding streams for their local communities by investing and growing the gifts they receive. So, you’re not really giving to a Community Foundation, but through it. And the invested model means your generosity will have benefits, forever.
First and foremost, we are close to our communities, working in partnership with generous local people and charities and causes. We know who is doing great work in our communities and we connect generous people with causes that will and are making a difference. To make decisions about priorities for funding many of our Community Foundations undertake extensive research into the health of their communities with Vital Signs® research reports which gather data and spark conversations. They provide a community check-up that measures vitality, identifies significant social and economic trends and supports action on issues that are critical to our quality of life. These reports not only assist Community Foundations in establishing granting priorities, but they also encourage collaboration with other local stakeholders.
In Aotearoa New Zealand, Community Trusts have similar models to ours in that they have an existing pool of assets, which are invested on behalf of the local community with the income given out as grants. But Community Foundations are different because we are constantly growing a local fund through the generosity of local people. Further, we enable local people to get involved with assessing community priorities for funding and where the grants will go.
Our model is tried-and-tested and has proven to be successful across the world for over 100 years.
“Community Foundations are set up to encourage personal philanthropy at a local level. They play a crucial role in how people give back where communities need it most. We connect people, families and businesses with causes that inspire them. We help donors realise their philanthropic goals by matching their interests with community needs and finding innovative ways to make every donation count.”