Donella Graney likes to give back to her community, so being in a position to do so, has made regular donations to a range of local and national charities for some years.

“They all do a good job and are screaming out for money, and with the health-related ones you never know when you will need them yourself,” she explains.

Donella Graney signs the deed setting up the R & D Graney Fund.

However, Donella was finding that her charitable giving was requiring time and attention, and that she was getting a lot of mail due to the number of groups she was supporting.

“Then a few years ago I listened to a speaker from Momentum Waikato who gave a talk to my women’s group Tuahini,” says Donella.

“I could see that placing money into the care of Momentum simplifies your giving, and that it means your donating can continue forever.

“Some monies then came my way from investments made by my late husband Richard, so I decided to set up my own fund at Momentum, with the income going to the charities I choose.” 

Now, a year later, the ‘R & D Graney Fund’ is making its first disbursements to seven well-regarded organisations, chosen by Donella - St John Hamilton, Waikato/Bay of Plenty Cancer Society, SPCA Waikato, Waikato Women’s Refuge, Hospice Waikato, Habitat for Humanity Hamilton and Salvation Army Hamilton.

“My husband made some very wise investment decisions, and he would have been very proud to give back to these organisations,” says Donella.   

“The perpetual support provided by Momentum’s approach is a big plus. I want to enable these charities to keep operating and helping people in the community.

“Giving via Momentum is such a worthwhile thing to do, you feel quite good that you can make some sort of difference to others,” says Donella.

If, like Donella, you’re also looking to simplify your giving and ensure a regular ongoing income for the charities you support, please consider setting up your own ‘Named Fund’ with Momentum Waikato.

To find out more contact Momentum Waikato or call 07 834 0404.