Making your charitable giving have a bigger impact in our region

The Acorn Foundation enables generous people to make a bigger impact in their communities, by investing donations and distributing the returns to causes close to their hearts, year after year.

The generosity of our donors at a glance

Thanks to our donors, we have made the following impact to our community since 2003:

10

GIFTED TO OUR COMMUNITY

270

LOCAL CHARITIES SUPPORTED

400

PEOPLE CONNECTED TO CAUSES

Make a gift that keeps on giving

Unlike a one-off donation to a specific charity, gifts given through the Acorn Foundation’s Smarter Giving Model are invested in perpetuity, generating income that is distributed annually to community organisations in the Western Bay of Plenty. This means that a gift from a generous donor will continue to give back to causes close to their heart, for many years to come.

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Your giving. Your way.

Whether you’re an individual, a family, an existing Trust, a business, or a professional advisor, there are so many ways to get involved.

Give for tomorrow

Leave a lasting legacy in our community by creating your own named endowment fund or by donating to an existing Community Group fund. You can give during your lifetime or leave a gift in your Will. You can also transfer an existing Trust to Acorn or set up a Corporate Fund. Find out which option is best for you.

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Give for today

Using our extensive community knowledge, the Acorn team can help facilitate immediate one-off gifts to charities for our individual and corporate donors, so you can see your gift at work in our region.

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Give with others

Join or create a Giving Circle with other like-minded people or set up Workplace Giving in your organisation – and see the impact of your pooled donations in action.

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News and updates

Craigs donates over $10,000 to the TECT Rescue Helicopter

21 May 2022

Craigs donates over $10,000 to the TECT Rescue Helicopter

For the third year running, the team at Craigs Investment Partners have held a month-long fundraiser to raise funds for New Zealand’s regional rescue helicopters.

Governor-General Dame Cindy Kiro appointed as Patron of new strategic way of giving in Aotearoa NZ

20 May 2022

Governor-General Dame Cindy Kiro appointed as Patron of new strategic way of giving in Aotearoa NZ

The Acorn Foundation are thrilled that Governor-General Dame Cindy Kiro has been appointed as Patron for Community Foundations of New Zealand (CFNZ).

Jann Medlicott Acorn Prize for Fiction Winner Announced

18 May 2022

Jann Medlicott Acorn Prize for Fiction Winner Announced

Congratulations to Wellington novelist and playwright Whiti Hereaka, who won the $60,000 award last week.

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