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

Supporting what you love, long after you’ve gone

19 Sep 2022

Supporting what you love, long after you’ve gone

The fund created by the Claude and Marjory Hewlett estate provided funding for the first time this year to their named recipient, Tauranga District Riding for the Disabled.

Acorn Foundation announces more than $3M in donations for 2022

07 Sep 2022

Acorn Foundation announces more than $3M in donations for 2022

Acorn’s incredible donors have allowed this region’s local community foundation to distribute more than $3M to 213 charitable organisations and scholarship and award programmes this year.

Nominations for Western Bay Community Awards 2023 Are Now Open

05 Sep 2022

Nominations for Western Bay Community Awards 2023 Are Now Open

Previously known as the TECT Community Awards, the awards return with a new name, the Western Bay Community Awards.

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