Who We Are
Nikau Foundation is the community foundation for the Greater Wellington Region. A community foundation is an independent philanthropic organisation working in a specific geographic area. The objective is to encourage and facilitate philanthropy (charitable giving) to provide long term benefits to the region and its people. Community foundations are a world-wide movement and are a rapidly growing form of philanthropy in North America and Europe. Currently there are twelve community foundations in New Zealand and over one thousand in 46 countries worldwide. Nikau Foundation is a proud member of Community Foundations New Zealand, the umbrella group for the movement in New Zealand.
Nikau Foundation attracts gifts, handover trusts, legacies and community organisation endowments and invests them. The income from these investments is distributed to charitable organisations in accordance with the donor’s wishes in perpetuity. It is a simple, unique model that has options for donors at every level – from large named endowments to those who just want to give a few dollars a week and know they are making a difference to where they live, work and play.
Building healthy, resilient and self-sustaining communities
Growing generosity and social investment to strengthen our Wellington communities