Nikau Endowment Funds have specific charitable purposes, as defined by the individual donors. Once established, the capital in each fund is preserved or grown gradually, and income is distributed in accordance with the wishes of the original donor. The charitable purpose established continues in perpetuity.
In addition to the endowment funds below, we also have the “Nikau Fund” which is a general fund where the income is distributed to any charitable purpose, with the recipients determined by consideration of the broad unmet needs in the community. Donations to this fund are very welcome and, as with specific endowment funds, the fund exists in perpetuity. Our Area of Special Interest Funds are for donors who want to contribute to benefit a particular area like youth, environment, arts, mental health etc. These are listed below in alphabetical order with the named endowment funds.
Applications are open once a year, during the month of August. Please see Grants for more information about applying for funding.
The Alistair Robb Numismatics Fund
Established in February 2014 the donor’s objectives were to generally assist and promote the study of all aspects of numismatics, especially coins, bank notes, medals and tokens to all interested individuals in New Zealand.
Arts, Culture, and Heritage Fund
Donations to this fund are welcomed and grants made from it will support charities in the Wellington region benefiting arts, culture, and heritage.
Animal Welfare Fund
Donations to this fund are welcomed and grants made from it will support charities in the Wellington region benefiting animal welfare.
Blake Endowment Fund
This fund favours the health and well-being of disadvantaged youth, with an emphasis on young women (15-25), Māori, Pacific Island, migrants and LGBTQI* communities.
Barbara Milne Endowment Fund
Established by Barbara Milne in 2003, this fund was transferred to Nikau in February 2013. The focus is on Arts (particularly music) and favouring the NZ Symphony Orchestra, NZ Opera, Wellington Operatic Society, Orchestra Wellington, and Chamber Music NZ. Also Conservation & Environment charities favouring Forest & Bird and the Nga Manu Nature Reserve.
The Bice Tennyson Endowment Fund
Established in February 2014 this fund has the objectives of protecting the habitat of New Zealand’s endemic species and providing opportunities to young children from disadvantaged families.
Caroline Boyd Memorial Fund
Established in 2017 in memory of Caroline Boyd, this fund will support charities she was passionate about that benefit the advancement of youth, women, and community development.
Carterton District Endowment Fund
Established in 2017, set up to support charitable purposes in Carterton. This fund looks to benefit health and well being, community development, general charitable purposes, and promoting generosity amongst individuals and organisations within the Carterton District
Children and Families Fund
Donations to this fund are welcomed and grants made from it will support charities in the Wellington region benefiting children and families.
The Dianne Litchfield Endowment Fund
Established in 2017, to preserve and enhance open spaces and reserves in the Kāpiti Region. Provision of palliative care services for the long term benefit of people living in the Kāpiti Region. To benefit the Catholic Parish of Our Lady Kāpiti.
Donations to this fund are welcomed and grants made from it will support charities in the Wellington region benefiting disability.
Donations to this fund are welcomed and grants made from it will support charities in the Wellington region benefiting Education.
Donations to this fund are welcomed and grants made from it will support charities in the Wellington region benefiting Elderly.
Elma Coxon Trust
Established in August 2007 to honour the settlor’s sister. Whilst the fund has been established for general charitable purposes, beneficiaries have been linked with the donor’s interest in youth, education and the arts.
Environment and Conservation Fund
Donations to this fund are welcomed and grants made from it will support charities in the Wellington region benefiting environment and conservation.
The Francis & Dianne Small Endowment Fund
Established in August 2014, this fund has a focus on the relief of poverty and the advancement of health and education and any other matter beneficial to the community of the Wellington region, particularly supporting the Wellington City Mission and the Salvation Army.
The Friends of Old St Paul’s Endowment Fund 2015
Established in June 2015, this fund is for the benefit of the historic Old St Paul’s Church in Wellington. Donations to this fund are encouraged.
Health and Medical Research Fund
Donations to this fund are welcomed and grants made from it will support charities in the Wellington region benefiting health and medical research.
Housing and Homeless Fund
Donations to this fund are welcomed and grants made from it will support charities in the Wellington region benefiting housing and homeless.
The James C Draper Endowment Fund
Established in 2017, this fund favors Gillies McIndoe Research Institute, Women’s Refuge, FarmWatch and SAFE, and Wellington Free Ambulance.
The Jessie, Elma, Adam Coxon Endowment Fund
Established in June 2014, this fund was set up by Adam Coxon for the relief of poverty, the advancement of education or religion or any other matter beneficial to the community.
The Judith Clark Memorial Fund
Established in August 2014, this fund was established in memory of Judith Clark in support of the education of both young musicians and music teachers.
The Kāpiti Community Enterprises Fund
Transferred to Nikau in February 2014, the purpose of the fund is to assist and promote the interests of individuals permanently residing in the Kāpiti area who have mental health and developmental difficulties. The focus is on assisting the beneficiaries into employment and educating the public about the positive contribution that these people can make to their workplace and the community.
Kevin and Julia O'Connor Endowment Fund
Transferred to Nikau in 2010 from an already-existing private charitable trust, the income is to be distributed at the Trustees’ discretion. The following organisations to be considered: The Roman Catholic Church for promotion and assistance with their charitable objectives and social works, Wellington Free Ambulance, Royal Wellington Golf Club Inc.
Laurie Bushell Endowment Fund
Established in July 2007 in memory of the donor’s husband. Income is to be applied to the arts in general, particularly music and fine arts, including an award for portraiture and drawing.
The Max Koh Fund for Meow Meows
Established in 2017 this fund gives priority to animal welfare, and women’s welfare.
Mental Health Fund
Established in 2017 as an area of Special of Interest Fund, to strengthen and support mental health services. Donations to this fund are welcome.
Mike & Margaret Olsen Endowment Fund
Established by the donors in February 2015, this fund supports youth leadership and youth management training.
The National Collective of Independent Women’s Refuges Endowment Fund
Established in 2014 to benefit all refuges around the country. Donations to this fund are welcome.
Ngā Manu Endowment Fund
Leave a lasting legacy for the conservation and preservation of our native species. If you would like to help ensure that Ngā Manu Nature Reserve thrives and continues to provide future generations. Read more.
Nikau Foundation is aware of many unmet needs in the community and this fund provides the flexibility to contribute to what it perceives to be the greatest needs. Donations of any size are welcome.
Nikau Kāpiti Endowment Fund
June 2013 saw the establishment of Nikau’s first ‘district fund’. For Kāpiti residents the Kāpiti Fund gives them a vehicle to express their appreciation of the community where they have lived, worked, played and perhaps brought up a family. Nikau district funds are for those people who would like to support a local community more narrowly defined than the ‘Wellington region’. Donations of any size are accepted into the fund, which has a general charitable purpose supporting charitable purposes within the Kāpiti area. Read more.
Nikau Wairarapa Endowment Fund
Launched in 2016, the Wairarapa District Fund encourages Wairarapa residents to contribute to this dedicated pot of funding allowing them to “Give where they Live”. Read more.
Nikau Hutt Valley Fund
The Nikau Hutt Valley Fund has been established to provide a philanthropic vehicle for those who are passionate about the Hutt area and want to give to local charities in perpetuity.
It is based on the already successful Nikau Kāpiti Fund and Wairarapa Funds. Read more.
Pegasus Endowment Fund
Established March 2011 for general charitable purposes. The following areas are favoured by the donor: Arts & culture, environment and conservation, education and youth and animal welfare.
Robson Family Fund
Established in April 2015, this fund supports general charitable purposes, with an emphasis on young people, medicine, sport and the arts.
Sport and Recreation Fund
Donations to this fund are welcomed and grants made from it will support charities in the Wellington region benefiting sport and recreation.
Technology and Innovation Fund
Donations to this fund are welcomed and grants made from it will support charities in the Wellington region benefiting technology and innovation.
Established in 2017 to benefit all Sport/Shodokan/Tomiki style aikido clubs in New Zealand in all aspects of establishing or improving new or existing dojos.
Warren Douglas Scholarship Fund
Came to Nikau Foundation from a private charitable trust in 2016. For individuals interested in arts management, with particular emphasis on people making the transition from performance to arts administration.
Wellington Resilience Fund
Established in 2016 to build a dedicated pot of funding to provide grants for community development with a focus on connectedness and preparedness for emergencies.
Wellington Savage Endowment Fund
Established in 2017, this fund was established by the donors for the advancement and promotion of musical education for youth (up to 26yrs). The fund also encourages young musicians in the Wellington region to embrace and develop interests and skills in music, composition and performance particularly orchestral.
Wellington Youth Cricket Development Fund
This fund has been established to support the development of youth cricket in the Wellington region. Donations to this fund are encouraged.
The Willows Endowment Fund
Established in 2017, this fund gives priority to children with Crohn’s, animal welfare, and environment.
Willscott Endowment Fund
Came to Nikau in March 2008 by transfer from an already-existing private charitable trust.The income is to be applied for general charitable purposes, with the following charities favoured, in accordance with the historical support they have received from the Willscott Trust: NZ School of Dance and the Samaritans of Wellington.
Donations to this fund are welcomed and grants made from it will support charities in the Wellington region benefiting youth.
The Zac Pearson Endowment Fund
Established in September 2015, this fund was set up by Zac Pearson through his will. The fund benefits Makara Peak mountain biking and track maintenance, Karori Scout groups, Western Suburbs RFC, The Life Flight Trust, The Wellington Free Ambulance and general Karori initiatives benefiting youth.