Michael and Suzanne Borrin Foundation

Thank you for your interest in the Michael and Suzanne Borrin Foundation.

The Borrin Foundation is a new philanthropic foundation established through a $38 million bequest by the late Judge Ian Borrin, to fund legal research, education, and scholarship. The Foundation seeks to make a difference to the lives of New Zealanders, through the law. The Foundation is in memory of Ian Borrin’s parents, Michael and Suzanne, who came to New Zealand from Poland in the 1930s. This generous gift reflects the Borrin family’s deep gratitude and commitment to New Zealand, Ian’s love of the law, and his conviction that law provides an essential foundation for a flourishing society.

While, the Nikau Foundation is the trustee for the Borrin Foundation, the Borrin Foundation is an independent charitable trust. In accordance with Ian Borrin’s directions, a Grants and Scholarships Committee made up of leading members of the legal profession provides leadership for the Borrin Foundation’s grant-making and philanthropic activities.

All information about the Borrin Foundation is available at its website: www.borrinfoundation.nz.

Please visit the website and read the extensive material available about the Borrin Foundation’s vision, mission, grant funding guiding principles, and Expressions of Interest for funding process. There is a Contact Form if your enquiry is not answered by the website. All enquiries about the Borrin Foundation and funding must come through that Contact Form.

Nikau Foundation is proud to support the Borrin Foundation and its vision:

“We believe law is essential to a flourishing society – one that is just, inclusive, tolerant and free. Our vision is of an Aotearoa New Zealand where everyone understands the role and value of the law, and everyone enjoys the protection and opportunity that it provides.”