How we work

We are part of a world-wide network. Across Aotearoa New Zealand, there are 17 community foundations made up of local people who are passionate about where they live. Together, we work to ensure that local generosity goes to local causes. By choosing our smarter giving model, your gift will benefit our communities not just in the short-term, but forever – ensuring we can be responsive to their needs.

By giving through Nikau Foundation, you are helping us to build permanent funding streams to achieve long term community transformation. Donations are invested so they can grow and provide long-term reliable sources of income. It’s the interest your giving earns that will be distributed to local causes; the gift itself remains protected so it can continue to benefit your chosen cause well into the future.

Making your giving go further, forever

Why you should invest in us

  • Your donation will have benefits forever rather than just in the short-term
  • Our model is lean and cost-effective
  • We are trusted, investing and growing your donation
  • You will be see first-hand the difference your investment makes
  • We are connected into the community
  • Our passionate trustees are leaders in their sector
  • We are ethically-minded