Impact100 Wakatipu

The overall mission of the Wakatipu Community Foundation is to grow local philanthropy.  The Impact100 model fits perfectly within that mission. The model is designed to empower women to see themselves as philanthropists and overcome the barriers women have historically faced in this arena. The model is designed for transformational grant-making within local communities, with a minimum grant size of $100,000.  We are the umbrella organisation for this initiative which is chaired by one of our Trustees, Kristen Holtzman.

At Least 100 Women Come Together

Each Woman

Donates $1,000

$100,000 is donated

to a Local Charity

Focus Areas

This model provides nonprofit organizations with grants in increments of $100,000 across five main focus areas:

Arts & Culture


Health & Wellness



How it Works

Impact100 Wakatipu seeks to benefit communities of the Wakatipu Basin by annually awarding at least one high-impact grant to fund innovative, meaningful projects. The concept is simple:

  • The annual $1,000 donations of Impact100 Wakatipu members fund the grants. The number and size of grants given is dependent on the number of members. The goal is to give incremental grants of $100,000 each year to a non-profit organisation serving the Wakatipu Basin.

  • Membership is open to all women over the age of 16 and renewable annually.

  • Nonprofits are eligible to apply for a grant in one of our five focus areas. The project must predominantly serve the Wakatipu Basin.

  • Members of Impact100 Wakatipu may choose to volunteer to serve on committees that evaluate the grants and select a finalist in each area.

  • Finalists are chosen and a representative of each of the finalists gives a brief presentation of the agency’s proposal at the annual meeting of Impact100 Wakatipu. The entire membership of Impact100 Wakatipu votes to select the grant recipient(s).

  • Recipient agencies are given 24 months to complete their projects. Funds are disbursed as programs are implemented.

Wakatipu Community Foundation is a registered charity in New Zealand CC55258.

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Leave Your Local Legacy

When you’re ready, here’s how we can help you:

  • Determine what you most love and care about in your community and showing you how you could support and impact causes that matter to you

  • Providing information on giving strategies

  • Connecting you with local causes, programmes or charities doing good work in your community

  • Tailoring a plan of how you would like your money to be used

  • Simplifying the process by managing all administration, investments and distributing the income – you get to say where your gift goes, which is the best bit!