About Top of the South Community Foundation
Top of the South Community Foundation was founded with one simple aspiration – to make a long term difference in the communities of our region.
Our mission is to encourage and enable generosity for the benefit of communities in the Top of the South.
To achieve this we:
- Promote and encourage philanthropy - enabling everyone to create their legacy by establishing, or contributing, to an endowment fund.
- Wisely invest bequest and endowment donations to generate a secure revenue stream in perpetuity;
- Help donors with their decisions on how they want the income from their endowment to benefit the community;
- Advocate on issues important to our community.
Top of the South Community Foundation (the 'Foundation') is a registered charitable organisation, with IRD ‘donee’ status.
We are primarily a ‘donor-services organisation’ helping people who want to make a difference in our community; particularly those who are interested in leaving a lasting legacy.
The Foundation is not a destination for benefit; it is the vehicle enabling donors wishes to be fulfilled.
Launched in 2010 as Nelson Bays Community Foundation, we began distributing endowment income to the community from 2012.
In December 2018, we adopted the name "Top of the South Community Foundation" to better reflect our purpose to serve all the communities of the Top of the South.
We’re part of a network of Community Foundations that have been growing around Aotearoa New Zealand since 2003. Through the coordination of the Community Foundations of New Zealand (our national body), we’re all working to provide resources that will make a lasting difference in our local communities. Our aim is for every New Zealander to be able to affect lasting change wherever their home or heart may be.
For further details visit www.communityfoundations.org.nz
Introducing the Foundation team:
Gavin Larsen, Executive Officer
Gavin joined the Top of the South Community Foundation team in August 2020.
Gavin is a resident of Te Tauihu / the Top of the South, and a former New Zealand cricketer. He has previously held roles as Head of Sponsorship for both The National Bank and ANZ, as CEO of Cricket Wellington, and as Cricket Operations Manager for Cricket World Cup 2015. Gavin is currently a selector for New Zealand Cricket, and the part-time Foundation EO role provides an excellent fit alongside that part-time role.
Dave Ashcroft – Chair
Dave is an independent business consultant with significant experience in the not-for-profit and governance fields.
He held the Executive Team finance role in various organisations before branching out on his own at www.addrealvalue.com . A member of the NZ Institute of Directors and the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Dave was awarded NZIoD Nelson Marlborough Aspiring Director Award in 2014/5. He is currently an independent member of the Audit and Risk Committee of Nelson Marlborough Health (the Nelson Marlborough DHB), and Board Member and Treasurer of Age Concern Nelson Tasman, and a member of the Board of Trustees at Enner Glynn School and at Garin College.
Dave lives in Nelson with his wife and three school age children.
Dave became a trustee in 2017.
Tim Saunders - Deputy Chair
Tim is Commercialisation Manager at KONO NZ, based in Nelson. He has a specific focus on the Food & Beverage sector and large scale agriculture. Outside of work, Tim loves spending time in Golden Bay with his wife and three young boys. Tim has a community focus and wants to make Nelson the best place in the world to work and live.
Nick Moore – Trustee
Nick has been a trustee since 2016.
Nick is a legal Consultant at Duncan Cotterill, having previously been a partner of law firm Fletcher Vautier Moore from 1983 to 2019. His focus includes residential and rural property, financing, family trusts and succession planning. A fourth generation solicitor, Nick’s family have been practicing law in Nelson for over 130 years.
Bill Agnew – Trustee
Bill has recently retired after 32 years with Mobil Oil New Zealand. 22 of these were working in various management positions for ExxonMobil affiliates abroad. Bill has a background in retail marketing, logistics, finance and project management.
He has recently become a Business Mentor with the Nelson Tasman Business Trust.
Having recently moved to the Nelson region from abroad he is excited to be involved in the local community. His interests include golf, travel, boating and he has a strong interest in promoting philanthropy.
Dene Gavin – Trustee
Dene is an Associate at Duncan Cotterill. A keen outdoorsman, Dene is on the advisory board of the Nelson Giants Basketball team, and is a volunteer for Nelson Coastguard.
He has been based in Nelson since 2013 with his wife.
Dene has been in legal practice for 12 years and currently advises clients on a broad range of commercial law in the construction, tourism, rural, forestry, aquaculture and property industries in particular.
Dene became a trustee in 2018.
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