Vital Impact Fund

We recognise that not everyone is ready to set up an endowment fund but still may be passionate about supporting our community.  The Acorn Vital Impact Fund might be the perfect giving option for you.

The Vital Impact Fund distributes to local WBOP organisations who are working to tackle the most pressing issues in our community, as highlighted by recent Vital Signs Research. Each year, the Acorn Foundation's Distributions Committee reviews applications for funding from charitable organisations in the WBOP, and selects those with the greatest need to receive funding from the Vital Impact Fund. 

In 2021, distributions from this Fund were made to Dress for Success, Katikati Community Centre, NZ Council of Victim Support, Tauranga Budget Advisory Service, Takitimu House (Tauranga Moana Nightshelter Trust) and Tauranga Women's Refuge. Learn more about these organisations here.

Funding local organisations like these enables them to continue supporting some of the most vulnerable members of our community. As Tauranga Budget Advisory Service told us: "As with so many social service organisations, we struggle to meet the demand for service within our community.  Support from organisations such as Acorn is vital for us as we strive to expand our reach, empower more people and build their financial capability."

One-off or regular donations can be made into the Acorn Vital Impact Fund at any time. 

If you would like to make a donation to the community through the Acorn Vital Impact Fund, visit the Donate Now page and select 'Acorn Foundation Vital Impact Fund'  from the drop-down menu.


The Acorn Vital Impact Fund is also available to eligible TECT consumers

Are you a Trustpower customer and in a position to consider putting your TECT rebate to work in our community? The Acorn Foundation Vital Impact Fund lets you do just that. The fund invests your donation and the interest earned is distributed each year to deserving community organisations — so your donation keeps growing and giving back forever.

You’ll even be able to get tax back — with a donation receipt from Acorn Foundation, you can claim a 33.3% tax credit each year up to the level of your taxable income (learn more here).

It feels good to give, but its feels better to give forever. Find out more about gifting your TECT rebate here.