Green Philanthropy Fund
The Green Philanthropy Fund to accelerate positive environmental change in Waitaha Canterbury.
Canterbury’s diverse ecosystems support a thriving rural sector and create incredible opportunities for recreation and visitation. Cantabrians, both urban and rural, are passionate about our whenua (land), awa (water) and rerenga rauropi (biodiversity). As we look to the future, ensuring our ecosystems thrive is critically important.
We believe that future thinking must be applied to achieve more quickly and have established this fund to help support the innovators in Canterbury. Our goal is making it easier for businesses and individuals to give to science led innovation, and to increase the pool of funding available to those individuals and groups striving to improve and protect our ecosystems.
Less than 4% of the total of money gifted in New Zealand last year went towards the environment.
The fund will support:
- Projects that will make a proven ecological impact
- Innovative ideas that could be game changing, on farms or elsewhere
- Individuals and organisations leading ecological support and recovery
The fund is backed by a partnership between Environment Canterbury and The Christchurch Foundation, which covers administration costs, which means every dollar raised will go to the fund. The partnership is a long-term commitment to support evidence-based projects and organisations, across all ecosystems in Waitaha Canterbury.
Donations can be made to the fund below.
Applications will be called for in 2023.
80% of the Funds raised annually will be distributed the following year, the other 20% will be used to build an endowment fund. These funds will be invested with the income generated split. Some will be distributed annually, the remainder reinvested to grow the equity in the fund.
A panel of technical experts from across Waitaha Canterbury will advise the Foundation on what projects and organisations to back. This group will be appointed in early 2023.
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Another way to donate to this fund with all of the profits going to this fund to fast track climate innovation.
We are backing an important kaitiakitanga project to enhance the ecologically significant lowland native bush at Riccarton Bush.
Youth Hub Christchurch will be a turning point in the lives of our city’s young people.
Currently being constructed at 109 Salisbury Street in central Christchurch, it will house a dozen organisations working on the frontline of youth mental health and wellbeing. These organisations will deliver wrap-around services that help to break the cycle of adversity. They will enable all young people in Ōtautahi the opportunity to lead healthy, safe and valued lives, fulfilling their potential and vibrantly contributing to their community.