Create a lasting ripple of change in our region

Welcome to the Western Bay of Plenty Women’s Fund, where generosity meets impact, and women are empowered to create a lasting ripple of change in our region. More than just a giving circle, we are a community of compassionate people dedicated to making a real difference in the lives of women and whānau in the Western Bay of Plenty.

As a member of the Western Bay of Plenty Women’s Fund, you join forces with like-minded individuals, working together to unlock opportunities and empower women to reach their full potential. Our mission goes beyond financial contributions; it’s about lifting each other up, challenging gender roles, and leading with purpose.

Become part of something extraordinary and join us today.

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How does it work?

Become a member

There is a suggested donation of $50/month but it is only a suggested amount because we don’t want any barriers to participation. Everyone who donates to the Women’s Fund becomes a member of the fund, no matter how much you donate. Members are invited to exclusive events and get to help us decide which projects to fund and how best to make a difference.

Impact Current and Future Generations

50% of your donation will be paid annually to chosen charity recipients, for immediate impact. The remaining 50% of your donation will be invested into an endowment fund, with a portion of the income generated granted back into the region each year. This will create a perpetual, self-sustaining fund that will provide long-term security for future generations in the Western Bay of Plenty.


Members of the fund will be able to nominate recipient charities. Our voluntary Steering Committee will review nominations and decide upon a shortlist. Members will then be able to vote to decide on the final recipient/s at an Annual Members’ Meeting in May.

Meet the Steering Committee

The Western Bay of Plenty Women’s Fund began with a small group of local women who wanted to bring people together to make a difference to women and whānau in our region.  Click on the images below to learn more about these wahine and why they volunteer their time on the Women’s Fund Steering Committee. 

Become a member

To join the Western Bay of Plenty Women’s Fund, simply donate via the Acorn Foundation. You can set up an automatic monthly payment (suggested amount is $50) or make a one-off donation.

Option 1: Donate via internet banking to the Acorn Foundation Grants Account: 12-3194-0034025-01 and include the reference: WomensFund.

Note: If you are not an existing Acorn donor, please email with your full name and donation amount so we can email your donation receipt. 

Option 2: Donate via credit card online by clicking the DONATE NOW button below. 

The Acorn Foundation will send you a tax receipt via email (an annual receipt if you are a regular giver), so you can claim 33.3% tax credit each year (up to the amount of your taxable income).

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As a member, your contribution is pooled with other members’ donations. Each year, you can help to choose where the pooled funds are donated.

You also get:

  • Exclusive invitations to social events throughout the year, including our flagship annual event in May.
  • Regular e-newsletter updates about the fund.
  • Opportunities to learn about, and support, local groups and charities working in our communities.
  • A community of like-minded women to inspire and encourage you.

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