Nau Mai, Haere Mai and Welcome to the first Momentum Waikato Update for 2019.
We're sending this edition of our bi-monthly newsletter to all our contacts, so this may be the first time you've received it - thanks for your support, we hope you're happy to hear what we're up to, but feel free to opt out of future issues via the link down the bottom.
Fresh focus to facilitate the future
The fresh start of a new year is the time to recalibrate our focus, for the next 12 months and beyond.
As your Community Foundation, Momentum Waikato exists to facilitate the future wellbeing of the region. We are channelling the philanthropic generosity of the people of the Waikato towards effectively and efficiently addressing their local concerns, to create ‘a better Waikato for everyone, forever’.
We are doing this by:
building the Waikato’s own endowment fund;
making giving and generosity simpler and more effective;
undertaking transformational projects – our current mission being the Waikato Regional Theatre (see David Sidwell's great endorsement below);
connecting and convening projects and people to provide greater outcomes than they can achieve alone.
The endowment, known as ‘The Waikato Future Fund’, has reached $14 million to date, with plans to build this to $25 million by the end of 2020. Our goal is to grow a nest egg of $300 million in 30 years.
Imagine a Waikato region with the ability to design, support and fund positive impact within its communities, by filling the gaps in the social, environmental, economic and cultural services and infrastructure that local and central government increasingly struggle to deliver.
Imagine a Waikato that can use its own wealth to partner with other long-term large-scale investors committed to improving its environment, dealing with its social issues, and strengthening its small towns and city neighbourhoods.
In the last 12 months Momentum Waikato has been focused on making it simpler for Waikato people to contribute towards making this vision a reality.
We are working with groups to establish specific funds for the long-term benefit of their local areas, and well advanced in developing corporate gifting and payroll giving programmes. And, of course, we continue to connect with individuals and families considering leaving bequests and legacy gifts to the Waikato Future Fund for the causes close to their hearts.
Meanwhile, a number of established trusts are considering transferring their funds to Momentum Waikato’s endowment. This provides an exit strategy for trustees and/or enables them to focus on the disbursement of proceeds, while Momentum Waikato take the responsibility for the investment management and reporting accountability – all for no fees.
For organisations or families considering new philanthropic projects, choosing Momentum Waikato allows them to create dedicated funds for specific causes, without having to develop their own trust structures, fees and administration.
Momentum Waikato is passionately Waikato. We believe in this region and the people who live here. We believe in the power of generosity and philanthropy, and that by working together we can meet the challenges and take the opportunities to build a better Waikato for everyone, forever.
If you have been in contact with Momentum Waikato in the past, we will be re-engaging with you, so you know who we are, what we are driven by, and how you can help.
Simply being an advocate for our vision and linking us with others willing to join us on this journey is one of the most important things you can do to support us.
Thank you for all you do for the Waikato.
Momentum Waikato Chief Executive
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Top director backs premier venue in Waikato
A leading musical theatre director says the planned Waikato Regional Theatre will be “one of New Zealand’s premier venues” and a magnet for top talent and touring international shows.
David Sidwell, Hamilton Operatic’s director and head of Wintec’s music program, has worked on and seen shows all over the world. He is looking forward to both professional and community performers taking the stage in the theatre’s attractive riverside setting.
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 that could then be gifted to worthy causes or projects over time, rather than being ‘all used up in one go’.
The discussion that followed on her philanthropic aspirations led her to decide to commit to donating a total sum of $500,000 over the following three years to Momentum Waikato, rather than including it in her will, so she could enjoy the experience of giving here and now.
In late November we received her third instalment, so her full amount is now invested towards meeting her charitable goals. She directed us to anonymously target her fund’s gifts for the first twenty years to scholarships for Pasifika girls living in the Waikato to attend Wesley College, and beyond that to their education needs more generally.
The scholarships are already being granted, late last year the recipient of this 'Momentum Waikato scholarship' was Wesley College head girl Sharon Tuipala, pictured above - congratulations Sharon!
Have you considered creating a legacy to support the causes or projects you care about? Are you a Professional Advisor who would like to know how best to present the option of legacy giving with your clients? Contact us to discuss the possibilities.