Every donor has their story.  We are pleased to share some of them.

Willow Tree

Maud Rankin – we wanted to plan everything in advance

Maud says that, while she and her husband regularly support a wide range of causes, they have chosen a few ‘special ones’ to support in perpetuity through a gift in their Will. She says that it wasn’t easy to discover how they could give in a way in which they wanted. It was their Financial Advisor who suggested that they take a look at their local Community Foundation, Nikau Foundation, which enables personalised philanthropy.
“Having no family to give it to we wanted to plan everything in advance. It was so reassuring to find a Foundation that enabled us to give exactly in the way that we wanted to give, without the big fees.”
Maud says that it feels like a big weight has been lifted off her mind: 
“We now have things in order exactly how we want them. It’s very warming. It gives real comfort to know that our wealth will go long-term to the causes which are close to our heart.”

Max Koh – a more strategic way to give

Max Koh has always been someone who has financially planned for the future. At age 14 she joined Kiwisaver which, she says, enabled her to buy her first house, on her own, in her mid-twenties.
As a home owner she wants to plan for the future and has made a will, including gifting her estate to Wellington’s Nikau Foundation to benefit her favourite causes, Cats Protection Wellington and Wellington Women’s Refuge.
“I like the idea of an endowment fund where the giving will go on forever. It is a much better way to give to my causes for the long-term through Nikau Foundation, rather than giving a sum of money directly to the charities to be spent.”
Max says that she doesn’t want to have children so it makes sense to make a plan now for future of her assets. She adds, “Even if I did want children I would still give in my will to causes that I care about.”

Mike Olsen – Inspiring our Kids to be Something Better

At 5am on Anzac Day, Mike Olsen scrambled up a ladder to plug in the power for his tape recorder. He was recording the bugle player at the Paihiatua RSA Anzac Day dawn parade. Mike was 13 years old.These seeds of being involved in community led him to a successful business life.  Not content with that, he and his wife, Margaret, want to help develop future leaders from the Kapiti Coast.

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Pegasus Endowment Fund

Hear Peter Reimann’s story about his fund for the arts, environment, young people and animal welfare.