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. The 2020/21 grants round will be announced shortly. 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
Animal Welfare Fund
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 rainbow 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.
Passionate and generous throughout her lifetime, Bice Tennyson, was moved to give back to the community where she lived, worked and raised her family.
Dedicating most of her adult years inspiring a love for science in young people. She enjoyed a long and successful career as a science teacher at Samuel Marsden Collegiate School, and was well-loved by colleagues and students alike.
Born and bred in Wellington, Bice and her husband, James, a great grandson of the Victorian poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson, would spend much of their lives in the city, later moving to the Kāpiti coast to enjoy their retirement.
Throughout her life, Bice was a committed supporter of the conservation and preservation of Aotearoa New Zealand’s rich natural heritage, and was even one of Zealandia’s first volunteers.
A passionate advocate for equality, she believed that everyone, no matter their background, should have access to the resources they need to be productive and thrive.
In 2014, Bice established the Bice Tennyson Fund with Nikau Foundation, believing in the community foundation model and our ability to connect her with the impactful work taking place locally.
Focussed on supporting disadvantaged youth and environmental conservation, her fund has given out over $11,000 since 2017 to charities making a difference across the region.
Over the past few years, programmes that may not otherwise have been possible, are flourishing because of Bice’s generosity. From family support programmes led by Barnardos, a community garden in Vogeltown where locals can come together, and Nature Schools providing kids with the chance to learn, engage and be inspired by the great outdoors.
At the age of 93, on Sunday 26th April 2020, Bice sadly passed away. On behalf of everyone at Nikau Foundation, we would like to send our deepest condolences to her sons, Alan and David, and her wider family at this truly difficult time. Bice’s legacy is a lasting one, and her generosity will continue to impact our region forever.
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
Chilton Old Girls’ Association Endowment Fund
Donations to this fund are welcomed. The fund gives the Chilton community a bequest or donation option whereby their contribution is retained forever. Donate online now!
Elma Coxon Trust
Environment and Conservation Fund
Experience Wellington Endowment Fund
- the development and presentation of exhibitions, public programmes, learning programmes, performances and other activities relevant to, and in keeping with, the activities of the Cable Car Museum, Capital E, City Gallery Wellington, Nairn Street Cottage, Wellington Museum, Space Place at Carter Observatory and any future visitor experiences
- programmes for, by, with and between children and young people
- the acquisition and preservation of heritage collections relevant to history and society of Wellington and Space Place at Carter Observatory
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.
Freeman Endowment Fund
Established in 2019 for medical purposes.
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.
Friends of the Wellington Botanic Garden Endowment Fund
Health and Medical Research Fund
Housing and Homeless Fund
The James C Draper Endowment Fund
The Jessie, Elma, Adam Coxon Endowment Fund
The Jocelyn Vogel Endowment Fund
The Judith Clark Memorial Fund
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.
Kirk-Burnnand Family Endowment Fund
For Porirua Youth Awards and Youth Development in Porirua.
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.
To benefit conservation and environment purposes, particularly the Royal Forest and Bird Society.
Main Dickinson-Smith Family Fund
For pressing environmental issues, cultural, medical, recreational and educational purposes.
The Margaret Neave Endowment Fund
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.
Porirua District Fund
Established in October 2018 for charitable purposes, or charities, in the Porirua Area. The Porirua Area is defined as the geographical area of Porirua City as to people and places as set out in the Porirua City Council district plan as at 1 September 2018 or any subsequent area that is considered to be included as “Porirua” as determined by the Trustee.
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
Technology and Innovation Fund
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
Wellington Savage Endowment Fund
Wellington Youth Cricket Development Fund
The Wharekaka Endowment Fund
The Willows Endowment Fund
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.
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.