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Nikau Foundation is the Wellington region’s community foundation. We are not about one single cause, we’re about a place and its people. 

Our smarter giving model makes it possible for anyone’s generosity to have ongoing impact in the community they love. 

Covid-19 update

We, along with a wider group of Wellington funders, recognise that the covid-19 outbreak is an exceptional event that will have an impact on our communities.  

We wish to be as helpful as possible during the coming weeks and months so that charities and groups can focus on the vital work of supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.  We understand that there will be times when staff and volunteers will not be available, when people may need services to be provided in different ways, or when systems need to be flexible to ensure that needs are met.

If your community, services or organisation are affected by the covid-19 outbreak, and you receive grant funding from us, here are our commitments to you:  

  • Adapting activities: we recognise that you may experience difficulties achieving some of the outputs or outcomes we agreed for your grant during the outbreak, please have a conversation with us if you are affected in this way.
  • Discussing dates: we don’t want to add pressure, so if you think you will struggle to meet a reporting deadline just let us know when would work for you.
  • Financial flexibility: we know you may need to use your funding to deliver services differently, please get in touch with us so that we can keep our partners and donors updated on these changes.
  • Listening to you: we are here if you want to talk to us about the situation you’re facing, but we’ll wait for you to call us so that these conversations are at the right time for you.

If you have any queries about your grant from Nikau Foundation, please email us or call us to discuss your concerns. We are here to help if, and when, you need us. 

over $4,500,000 in grants made to local charities since 2001 – help us do more

Nikau Foundation offers a free, no-strings-attached donor advisory service.  If you are interested in making a difference but are uncertain about what charities to donate to, then please give us a call.

Our organisation has been working in the Wellington Region for 25 years with a huge range of charities benefiting almost every aspect of charitable causes.  We have in-depth knowledge about these organisations, the people that work in them, their operations, fundraising activities, beneficiaries and impact.

We are happy to help you with your decision-making and carry out any due diligence research you might need before you commit to a donation or bequest – whether it is through Nikau Foundation or direct.  Our aim is to encourage philanthropic giving to the region and we put your wishes first.  Call us now!