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OUR INITIATIVES

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Our Initiatives 

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Our Initiatives

Collaborative & Innovative Programmes to Grow Local Philanthropy

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100 Women x $1000 = $100,000 transformational local grant. Impact100 Wakatipu is based on a successful model founded in the USA.

 

We recruit members whom each contribute $1,000 to the Grant Fund per year. We then make transformative grants to charities working to benefit the Wakatipu area.  

 

Registered charities falling within our mandate are invited to submit a grant proposal. After a rigorous selection process, the finalists make a presentation - to the full membership who vote to award the grants. The winner receives a grant of $100,000. 

Workplace Giving

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Workplace Giving provides a strategic structure to implement corporate social responsibility by getting all levels of a business involved in contributions and decision-making.  Our Workplace Giving programme helps Wakatipu employers and employees better understand community needs.

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Generation Give provides authentic opportunities for young people to develop skills and knowledge that will make them better students and citizens in the present and increases the chances that they will continue to play active roles in the community in the future.

 

Youth philanthropy programmes have a lasting effect on young people and adults involved in them. They push organisations, community residents, and decision-makers to change the way they perceive and interact with youth — providing a view of youth as positive contributors and caring members of the community.

Love Wanaka

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We are proud to be partnered with Destination Southern Lakes and Lake Wanaka Tourism to deliver this innovative fund which will benefit the Wanaka and the surrounding environment now and in the future.

Visitors and businesses will be asked to donate to

support localised climate and environmental projects that actually make an impact.

Each year funds will be delivered back  to the Wanaka communities in the form of grants, and a smaller percentage invested into an endowment fund which will provide for our communities in perpetuity.

Love Queenstown

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We are proud to be partnered with Destination Southern Lakes and Destination Queenstown to deliver this innovative fund which will benefit the Whakatipu community and environment both now and in the future. 

Visitors and businesses will be asked to donate to 

support localised climate and environmental projects that actually make an impact. 

Each year funds will be delivered back to the Whakatipu community in the form of grants, and a smaller percentage invested into an endowment fund which will provide for our community in perpetuity.

Scholarships

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Scholarships are a wonderful way to support Wakatipu Youth who are already showing talent in their chosen field, or who may need a hand up to enable them to shine. It is a way for an individual, organisation or a community group to support future leaders, and grow a stronger community.  Scholarships can help grow diversity, skills, leadership, community wellbeing and culture.

The Wakatipu Community Foundation is well placed to manage your scholarship programme.   We currently administer a number of scholarships, and would like to grow this to offer a broad range of support to our youth.

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Spirit of the Wakatipu

The Spirit of the Wakatipu Awards are an opportunity to recognise and celebrate those individuals, organisations, groups and corporate entities who put their hand up and contribute in a philanthropic way to the Wakatipu community and who hold true to the values that collectively define what is unique about the place we call home. The next Gala will be in November 2024.

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Give back and get back

It’s now easier than ever to get back your tax credit on charitable giving. So, find a cause close to your heart and close to home through your local Community Foundation, and we’ll walk you through our smarter giving model and how to get your tax credit back.

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Meaningful Christmas

Gifting a donation to a regional Community Foundation on behalf of your family, friends, colleagues or clients provides something of real value. Your gift can make a difference in your community where it is needed most, building long-term resilience for your local community.

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Wills month September

September is Wills Month, a good reminder of the importance of having a will and keeping it current. If you’re considering leaving a gift in your will, we can help you make yours a lasting legacy for our community. With our smarter giving model, your gift can be continuously invested to grow and transform our community making it a better place for many future generations. 

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