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Giving back to your roots a lasting legacy.

The Sunday Star Times looks at why people choose to give through their community foundation.

For seven decades, brothers Bob, 71, and Alan Johnston, 68 have lived in and loved the people of Ashburton. It's where they did their schooling, played sport and ended up running their successful farm.

They decided to get involved with their community foundation, Advance Ashburton Community Foundation - and have been donating ever since.

Advance Ashburton Community Foundation CEO Sandi Wood says the foundation prides itself on being able to help generous local people like the Johnstons to give back to their community to causes they are passionate about.

"Community foundations are the conduit between a need in the community and the desire of donors to help their community in their area of passion. This often stems from a personal experience or an area of need they know about personally. Because we are local, we often know what can be done in our community and the people that can make it happen," says Wood.

Read the full Sunday Star Times article here >