Hamilton is a great place to live, work and play; a cosmopolitan city at the heart of one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world; the capital of the Waikato. Hamilton Central, our Central Business District, is in transition as changing demands driven by the modern global economy create opportunities for the revitalisation of both structures and spaces. In particular, it is a moment in history when Hamiltonians’ long held desire to truly ‘turn the city to the river’ is beginning to be realised.

It's an exciting time to be making things happen in downtown Hamilton! The ‘CBD Fund’, established with the foundational support of Fosters Construction Group, will support projects that enable our community and visitors to enjoy, celebrate and use our city centre. A simple and effective way for companies to contribute towards making Hamilton Central even better!

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Established by the late John and Bunny Mortimer, your donation will help sustain and develop the Taitua Arboretum they established. The two dendrologists fashioned 50 acres of their family farm into this relaxing, shaded haven, along the way collecting seeds and cuttings from across New Zealand and the world.

The Mortimers gifted the Taitua Arboretum to the city of Hamilton in 1997 to ensure it is cared for and enjoyed by generations of families to come. Then then established the Taitua Fund in 2015 to support the Arboretum in perpetuity.

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The Te Awamutu College Foundation Fund was established by the Rogers Charitable Trust in 2020 to support the school and its students. Income from the Fund is used for special projects and resources that benefit the school and its students, including property development and scholarships. 

Parents, former pupils scattered around the world, TA locals and anyone who supports Te Awamutu College are invited to donate, and can be assured they are making an ongoing sustainable contribution to the school.

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The Waikato Community Rugby Fund was created by the Waikato Rugby Union and Momentum Waikato to support grassroots amateur rugby across the Waikato. Initially named the 'Friends of Waikato Rugby Fund', it was established in 2020 with a significant foundational gift from a generous group of directors and other rugby supporters.

Waikato rugby supporters now have this opportunity to smartly support the community level of the code by making donations and/or a gift-in-will into a long-term arms-length ring-fenced investment Fund, rather than just for immediate expenditure. This is a significant element in the WRU’s strategy to diversify funding sources for the local game, as the best guarantee of continued resourcing.

Grassroots rugby is the heartbeat of many communities, schools and clubs. The Fund’s future distributions therefore focus on the game’s role in creating greater community unity and wellbeing. Club and school teams, women’s rugby, Sevens, Ripper Rugby and volunteer support and other core activities will be supported and enabled.

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The Waikato Intercultural Fund supports projects and programmes that build and celebrate greater understanding and acceptance between and amongst Waikato communities, and welcomes donations from people and organisations from all walks of life.

Previously called the Waikato Cultural Inclusion Fund, the Waikato Intercultural Fund was established by Momentum Waikato following discussions with local ethnic and migrant support services, with its initial launch in March 2019 being prompted by the Christchurch terrorist attack. The Fund's Board is now in place and is gearing up for public activity. Find out more.

Left: A community consultation workshop held in November 2019 helped set the parameters for the Waikato Intercultural Fund.

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Waikato Women’s Fund

The Waikato Women’s Fund-Te Ira Waahine o Waikato enables local women to align their giving with the needs and aspirations of women and girls across the region. Research shows more and more women are generating and controlling their own wealth, and that it is women who are at the forefront of baby boomer wealth transfer. Yet it is women and girls who are most affected and held back by the social and economic issues impacting our region and country.

Few traditional funders are consciously trying to close this loop or track whether their grants are really benefitting and enabling women and girls. The Waikato Women's Fund connects women's giving capacity with a funding model that targets women and girls.

To find out more, visit the Waikato Women’s Fund site.

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