Aoraki Foundation

We are South Canterbury's Community Foundation supporting the Mackenzie, Waimate and Timaru Districts. We are a registered charity governed by a group of experienced volunteer trustees.

A Community Foundation is a unique type of charity. We are local, independent and not-for-profit. A Community Foundation exists to inspire and facilitate giving within their local region. The use of an endowment model ensures gifts are maximised and enduring. This smarter giving model is simple but extremely effective. This model provides our generous donors an opportunity to create an ever lasting impact on our community. 

Over the last ten years our donors have created funds for the environment, health, children, women, education, sports and much more. The Aoraki Foundation now manages community funds worth more than $4 million and given out $1.7million to local charities, projects and community groups.