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Women's Giving Circle

Women's Giving Circle

What is a Giving Circle?

A giving circle is a form of collective giving whereby a group of people pool their individual donations and then jointly decide how and where the funds should be distributed. Individually each contribution makes an impact, but jointly it is amplified having a much greater impact in the community.  

The benefits of being part of a giving circle go beyond just making a worthy financial contribution. Participants become part of a network of people with shared values. They learn about issues that are being supported, the people and organisations that are doing work or providing services in the community and can get more involved by volunteering or providing pro-bono services. There will be events to attend for the membership.

The giving circle model was developed in the US in the late 1990s and has come to prominence in New Zealand over the past 10 years. Examples that you might have come across are: 

  • Impact 100 Wakatipu which is part of the Wakatipu Community Foundation
  • The Waikato Women’s Fund 
  • The 1% collective in Wellington 

Activities of the giving circle will be separate to the Kate Sheppard Women's Fund and are run by the circles Executive Committee.  The Christchurch Foundation provides some, data insights, marketing and administration to support the activities of the circle.


To empower women to achieve their purpose in a way that recognises their strengths. 


Greater Christchurch is a place where women are supported to thrive in whatever way is meaningful to them. We honour feminine wisdom, which is not simply knowledge, but a powerful and intuitive force. 


The Giving Circle strives to be: Inclusive, Impact Driven, Bold, Innovative, Inspiring, Community Focused, Celebratory, Supporting and Empowering. 


Borrowing from the highly successful Queenstown ‘Impact 100’ model, we are aiming for a membership of at least one hundred people contributing annually, and through a managed process deciding where funds should be distributed.   


To join, or get more information contact Lynn Umbers. 

Port Hills Fire Regeneration

Port Hills Fire Regeneration

In response to the 2024 Port Hills fire this fund has been established to assist with the regeneration of endemic natives in the impacted area.

There is scientific evidence that natives are more fire resistant and can significantly contribute to the resilience and protection of at-risk ecosystems and communities.

The funds raised will be actively managed by The Christchurch Foundation and distributed with support of the Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust and Te Kākahu Kahukura. These two reputable entities are already working in the impacted area and have extensive experience in the establishment of native plants in a best practice manner with participating landowners (private/public and charitable).

Funding could be applied not only to securing new plants but could also include pest management, weeding and other activities to support the regeneration of the area safely.

The intent is to help increase the fire protection on the port hills as well as also increasing the biodiversity of the area.

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Green Philanthropy Fund

Green Philanthropy Fund

The Green Philanthropy Fund has been developed to accelerate positive environmental change in Waitaha Canterbury.

Future thinking must be applied to quickly address the big environmental issues we are facing. Our goal is to make 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.

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