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Effective. And Local.

Why Auckland Foundation?

We are on a mission to support the future of Auckland by simplifying giving for good. Our vision is for a thriving Tāmaki Makaurau.

By making it easy for donors to support causes they care about, we want to inspire a movement of impactful giving by generous Aucklanders.

Through our efficient governance and administration services, donors create and direct funds with freedom to focus on the transformation they want to create in areas they care about.

We look forward to connecting with you to simplify your giving, shape your impact and create your legacy.

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Our story

We were established in 2010 as the community foundation for Auckland.

Support from The Tindall Foundation gave Auckland one of its first funds: the Grassroots Giving Programme, which to date has distributed more than $3.5 million to almost 300 small Auckland charities, and is one of over 50 Funds administered by us.

Many of our Funds are led and directed by a single donor, a family, or an organisation - each with its own unique mission and building a lasting endowment for Auckland and its communities.

We also administer three place-based funds that enable Aucklanders to collectively respond to major issues: the Hauraki Gulf Guardians Fund, the Women’s Fund and the North Shore Fund.


Hear from Auckland Foundation Chair, Garth Sinclair as he discusses our purpose and work with Simon Bridges as part of Auckland Business Chamber's Business Insight series.

What is a community foundation?

Community foundations are about place-based giving - giving back for the long-term benefit and enhancement of a place and its communities.

Auckland Foundation is a member of Community Foundations of New Zealand (CFNZ). While community foundations have only been in Aotearoa New Zealand since 2003, the concept - pooling and investing charitable donations for the good of a local area - has been a growing global movement for over a hundred years.

Across the country, community foundations are here to help generous people like you make a lasting, transformative difference in our local communities.


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