What is a Community Foundation?

Community Foundations are all about leaving a personal legacy in your community, forever.
The Community Foundation ethos is a simple one - to inspire long term transformational change in the communities of our region. 
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Inspiring local giving

Community foundations are your local, one stop shop to give in your community. They are independent and not-for-profit, running on a proven model of regionally based philanthropy, that has grown internationally over 100 years. Community Foundations are now found in most regions of New Zealand.

Community Foundations focus on a region and its people, enabling those who live there to give and shape their communities. They are governed by passionate and skilled local volunteer Boards

Community Foundations build long-term, reliable funding streams for their local communities by investing and growing the gifts they receive. So, you’re not really giving to a Community Foundation, but through it.  And the investment model means your generosity will have benefits, forever.

Community Foundations in New Zealand

Here at Top of the South Community Foundation, 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.  

See what community foundations are all about

Make a lasting difference

Act now to begin building your legacy through Top of the South Community Foundation
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