Te Awa Community Foundation launches in Tararua District

Published 15 Aug 2022

The Te Awa Community Foundation officially launched in the Tararua District today. Te Awa covers the Horizons Region (Manawatu-Whanganui) including the seven cities and districts of Horowhenua, Manawatu, Palmerston North, Rangitikei, Ruapehu, Tararua and Whanganui.

Te Awa is a locally focused organisation, supported by a framework that covers a region, while also being part of a NZ group of community endowment foundations that provide guidance, encouragement and sharing of resources.

Community foundations are one of the fastest growing forms of philanthropy internationally, with 17 foundations now existing in New Zealand. Community foundations enable people to give back to their own community and support local projects.

The strength of community foundations is that all donations and bequests are invested and held as permanent endowments. An endowment is a fund with money in it, set up to provide long-term support for a particular non-profit organisation or cause. Each year, the income earned by endowments is available for grants to charities and organisations in the local community.

Te Awa in Tararua

Tararua District Council has worked with the Te Awa Trustees to create a range of endowment funds that ensure our people can invest for the benefit of our district. Funds that are intended for the Tararua District can only be accessed by the Tararua District. Council has seeded seven funds within the Foundation, these are:

  • Tararua District as a whole
  • Norsewood & Ormondville
  • Dannevirke
  • Woodville
  • Pahiatua
  • Eketāhuna
  • Pongaroa & the Coast

Council has also provided funding for a part-time coordinator position to support the growth of the Te Awa Community Foundation in Tararua District.

Applications Open Now

  • Tararua District Coordinator

The District Coordinator will support the core functions of the Te Awa Community Foundation (“the Foundation”) in the Tararua District with an emphasis on the community and donor engagement, communication and supporting the administrative functions of the Foundation.

Learn more: www.teawafoundation.org.nz

  • Tararua District Committee

The objectives of the district committees are to provide the Trustees with local advice and knowledge, promote Te Awa to their networks and provide referral opportunities to the District Coordinator. The Te Awa Trustees are now inviting applications to join the inaugural Tararua District Committee.

Learn more: www.teawafoundation.org.nz

To learn more about the Te Awa Community Foundation, visit www.teawafoundation.org.nz or contact Council to speak with a member of our Economic and Community Development Team.