Giving Stories

Donors will make a difference.

Making a provision in your will to donate to Momentum Waikato is a special way to honour the Waikato community. Big or small, your bequest will make a positive difference, now and for future generations.

The good news is, it is simple and easy to leave a lasting contribution. Working with your professional advisor, we offer our expert knowledge to meet your giving aspirations, tailoring a giving solution that brings to life your values and is structured in the way you want.

We recently received a $100,000 bequest to our Waikato Future Fund, from a donor who wished to remain anonymous. Our generous donor had also given during her lifetime, donating $20,000 to our environment special interest field, which will make grants to organisations influencing environmental outcomes in the Waikato region.

Not only did our donor experience the joy of giving while she was still alive, her decision to leave a bequest ensures her legacy will be felt for generations.

Through our Waikato Future Fund, gifts are invested in perpetuity, and returns on investment granted to causes that the donor cares about.

We use independent professional investment managers, Craigs Investment Partners and Forsyth Barr, to provide expert fund management and advise.

As you consider including Momentum Waikato in your will, you might be inspired to know the funds generated from our Waikato Future Fund have funded the following social enterprises:

  • Zeal Hamilton’s Street Youth Work initiative, which aims to reduce the youth crime rate in the CBD by 20% by placing trained youth workers on the streets.
  • Ka Pai Kai, who provide healthy school lunches to children in South Waikato and a training café for students.
  • Puniu River Care, who are planting 80 million trees, restoring land and enabling communities to have access to healthy water.

Theatre an investment in kids’ future: Feisst

A top company director’s passion for supporting young people has prompted him to back the Waikato Regional Theatre.

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Admark chief: a real city needs a top theatre

A successful local businessman says the Waikato Regional Theatre will be essential infrastructure for Hamilton’s development as a world-beating cosmopolitan city.

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A Quiet Act of Generosity - the sequel

Back in 2016 we published a ‘Giving Story’ that told of a local lawyer who, when meeting a client to plan their will, raised the possibility of a bequest and the advantages of investing it for sustainable returns...

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Donation Targeted at Music Gear

A stalwart of Hamilton’s vibrant musical theatre scene has targeted his donation for the Waikato Regional Theatre towards its music stands, because he is expecting to see them used by some of the world’s...

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An Endowment Fund is the Key to Longevity and Effectiveness

A desire for her and her siblings’ grandchildren to have an equal opportunity to achieve is why Nancy Caiger got involved in an initiative focused on the needs and aspirations of local women and girls...

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An entrepreneur and her philosophy of giving

Putting community first has always been a part of Cheryl Reynolds’ philosophy. Beginning as a young entrepreneur and artist in the UK, she launched Focal Point Gallery in 1991, which provided...

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Charlotte's Generous Gift to the Waikato Regional Theatre

As soon as Charlotte Isaac heard about Momentum Waikato’s aspirational plans for the new Waikato Regional Theatre, she knew she wanted to donate.

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Theatre Donor Fuelled by Family and Community

Momentum Waikato loves to celebrate the spirit of giving – and it’s certainly easy to celebrate when people like Gillian Spry are part of this community. Gillian was the first person to put her hand up...

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Hamilton Club Honors its Past with a Generous Legacy

Momentum Waikato understands how difficult it can be to dis-establish a club or society. We can offer you a cost-effective fund management service, giving you peace of mind that your funds will be invested wisely...

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Amanda's Story

This is the story of a woman who has always wanted more – not for herself; but always for others. Amanda B inspires us at Momentum Waikato Community Foundation for many reasons.

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A Quiet Act of Generosity

Timing and opportunity are both features of success. Recently, a Hamilton lawyer who is familiar with the work of Momentum Waikato, met with their client to update her will.

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Trust Waikato's $15m Donation sets the stage for new theatre

Momentum Waikato is incredibly grateful to Trust Waikato for committing to a $15 million grant for the Waikato Regional Theatre this month. Trust Waikato’s leadership and commitment to our region means...

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The Tanner Story

Jon and Sue Tanner lead by example. Growing up in the Waikato they were taught how important it was to be generous with their time, money and energy into things that mattered.

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The Crosby Story

Bernie and Kaye Crosby remember well the dump site that is now Hamilton Gardens. The couple professes to have inherited the “green gene” from their ancestors and have followed with interest the...

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The Donny Story

The Donny Charitable Trust understands the importance of empowering those who can influence the future. The Trust has enriched the lives of tens of thousands of individuals and organisations since beginning...

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John and Bunny's Story

John and Bunny Mortimer recently made a financial decision that will have an effect on the Waikato forever. Their desire to share nature with others long past their own lifetimes led them to Momentum Waikato...

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