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15 DECEMBER 2017

The December issue of Philanthropy New Zealand's magazine includes a feature on the Women's Fund, and speaks to CEO Dellwyn Stuart about why the time is right to be establishing New Zealand's first philanthropic fund by women for women and girls.

Read the article here >

27 NOVEMBER 2017

100 Women Campaign


Auckland Foundation will launch New Zealand’s first women’s fund this week, by posing the question, what if we were 100 women?

The answers are confronting:
⇒ 20 of us, who are secondary school students, would report unwanted sexual contact
⇒ 12 of us would say that we couldn’t join the workforce because of a lack of childcare
⇒ 30 of us (between the ages of 25-44) would have unmet healthcare needs
⇒ 25 of us (who are mothers) would be heading up solo parent households
⇒ We would be underrepresented by 36% in leadership positions in NZX100 companies

The campaign to launch the fund, which will build through collective donations, has gathered momentum and support since it was first conceived of by Auckland Foundation CEO Dellwyn Stuart in early 2017.

Already, 32 Auckland women are contributing to the fund. They will meet formally for the first time on Tuesday to agree on its charter and discuss how money will be spent at the first meeting.

Read the full media release here >

20 NOVEMBER 2017

In the December issue of NEXT Magazine, CEO Dellwyn Stuart talks about the women's fund model, the benefits of giving with a gender lens, and why Auckland Foundation is establishing the first women's fund in New Zealand.


Read a copy of the article here > 

10 NOVEMBER 2017

Auckland Foundation CEO, Dellwyn Stuart, is back on RNZ's The Panel with Jim Mora.

Joined by Dr Ganesh Nana, BERL's Chief Economist, you can listen to Part 1 here, and Part 2 here.

27 OCTOBER 2017

We're excited to announce our first major national event on Women's Giving; Women Give 2018.

New Zealand's first summit will be dedicated to fostering and celebrating women’s generosity. Learn about what’s unique in women’s relationship with money and giving, how we’re doing as women and where the opportunities are to make a difference.

Make sure to mark your diary for 6 March 2018.

Register for Women Give 2018 here >



22 OCTOBER 2017

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 >

10 OCTOBER 2017

With New Zealanders giving around $2.8 billion annually to charitable and community causes, the October issue of LawTalk magazine includes an in-depth look at bequests.

Geoff Adlam's article discusses the Include a Charity campaign to increase charitable giving by bequests, and the growing number of laywers involved with community foundations as an alternative to registered charities.

A partner in Tauranga firm Holland Beckett Law, Bill Holland's article advocates for community foundations as a strategic way for lawyers to help clients who want to give back:

"If you are not familiar with your local Community Foundation already, I suggest that you get in touch. They are a powerful connector of generosity to local causes and, as a lawyer, your role in the process is key." 

Read the full October issue of LawTalk magazine here >


Amanda Stanes from The Fabulous Ladies' Giving Circle speaks to The Hobson about how collective giving can have a big impact.

Read the full interview here >

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Authorised Financial Adviser Liz Koh writes about the baby boomer wealth transfer, the influence of gender, the potential influx of money for charities, and Auckland Foundation's Women's Fund to support women's giving.

"...research has shown that baby boomer and older women gave 89 per cent more to charity than men of the same age and that women in the top 25 per cent income bracket gave 156 per cent more than men in the same bracket."

"This has been attributed to women's higher levels of altruism and empathy."

Read the article here >


CEO Dellwyn Stuart talks to the NZ Herald about why Auckland Foundation is looking for more than 100 female philanthropists for a new Women's Fund, to help bankroll a range of community-orientated initiatives.

She had the idea after continuously coming across women wanting to help others.

Read the article and watch a short video here >


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10 AUGUST 2017

Auckland Foundation CEO, Dellwyn Stuart, joins Jim Mora and former publishing CEO and member of the Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa, Michael Moynahan, for RNZ's The Panel.

Amongst the topics for discussion are the current general election campaign and the conversation it has generated around poverty.

Listen to Part 1 here.

Listen to Part 2 here.

11 JULY 2017

Auckland Foundation CEO, Dellwyn Stuart, joins Jim Mora and Nevil Gibson from the National Business Review for RNZ's The Panel

Amongst the topics for discussion are Mark Dunajtschik's incredible philanthropic gift to Wellington, with the announcement that he would pay for, build and gift a $50 million children's hospital to Capital & Coast District Health Board.

Listen to Part 1 here.

Listen to Part 2 here.

2 MARCH 2017

Harbour Asset Management has been named the top 2017 fund manager in Morningstar’s annual awards. It is the second year in a row the fund manager has won the overall title. It was also a finalist in the domestic equities and fixed interest categories.

Morningstar said Harbour was one of the best stewards of New Zealand investors’ money. “They apply a detailed, wellthought- out investment process to all its funds, have an open and transparent approach, and have consistently delivered market-leading longer-term returns.”

Auckland Foundation is delighted to be working with such a well-regarded performer to steward donors’ funds.

1 MARCH 2017

Many of us feel a connection to the area or community in which we grew up – and Sir Stephen Tindall is no exception. The North Shore businessman has given his full support to the North Shore Endowment Fund; a dedicated new fund established by Auckland Foundation to provide funding for charities and community groups on the Shore.

“The North Shore Fund is a fantastic way for Shore residents to make a lasting, positive contribution to this beautiful part of Auckland we call home. Locals can open a ‘living fund’ or leave a gift in their will to local causes close to their hearts. This new fund will manage the donation on their behalf, ensuring it makes a significant difference to those who need it the most.”

Sir Stephen believes that the good life we enjoy today is a result of past generosity of our forebears. “We have the opportunity through Community Foundations to leave the same legacy to the next generations,” he said.

Based on an international model of philanthropy, the Community Foundation model centres on the notion of place-based giving; people giving back to a specific geographic region which holds significance to them. And Sir Stephen is an enthusiastic supporter of this model of giving.

The North Shore Endowment Fund will be administered by Auckland Foundation, who will invest the capital to generate an income that will support local causes long into the future.

An Advisory Committee comprising local residents: Buck Shelford, Judy Bailey, Chris Reeve, Geoff Clews, Diane Hale and Joseph Bergin has been established.

For more information please get in touch with Lettie Bright on 021 818 307.


In December, CEO Dellwyn Stuart was asked by the NZ Herald to share her thoughts on Auckland and generosity. Only a few months into the role, Dellwyn is relishing the opportunity to work with people who think about what is good for their fellow Aucklander – not just what’s in it for them.

Read the article here >

Auckland Foundation’s Chair, Geoff Clews, is an Auckland tax barrister and himself a long-time supporter of the arts, having set up the Rampart Endowment Fund to promote arts education.

In this Radio New Zealand interview, Lynn Freeman asked Geoff why New Zealanders seem much more reluctant philanthropists than those in countries like America.

Listen here >

Above image courtesy of Humans of South Auckland (HOSA)