Making your charitable giving have a bigger impact in our region

The Acorn Foundation enables generous people to make a bigger impact in their communities, by investing donations and distributing the returns to causes close to their hearts, year after year.

The generosity of our donors at a glance

Thanks to our donors, we have made the following impact to our community since 2003:







Make a gift that keeps on giving

Unlike a one-off donation to a specific charity, gifts given through the Acorn Foundation’s Smarter Giving Model are invested in perpetuity, generating income that is distributed annually to community organisations in the Western Bay of Plenty. This means that a gift from a generous donor will continue to give back to causes close to their heart, for many years to come.

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Your giving. Your way.

Whether you’re an individual, a family, an existing Trust, a business, or a professional advisor, there are so many ways to get involved.

Give for tomorrow

Leave a lasting legacy in our community by creating your own named endowment fund or by donating to an existing Community Group fund. You can give during your lifetime or leave a gift in your Will. You can also transfer an existing Trust to Acorn or set up a Corporate Fund. Find out which option is best for you.

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Give for today

Using our extensive community knowledge, the Acorn team can help facilitate immediate one-off gifts to charities for our individual and corporate donors, so you can see your gift at work in our region.

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Give with others

Join or create a Giving Circle with other like-minded people or set up Workplace Giving in your organisation – and see the impact of your pooled donations in action.

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News and updates

We're Hiring!

22 May 2024

We're Hiring!

A exciting new role has been created with the Western Bay of Plenty’s local community foundation to allow the work you do to provide impact for generations to come!

2024 Jann Medlicott Acorn Fiction Prize

17 May 2024

2024 Jann Medlicott Acorn Fiction Prize

Internationally acclaimed writer Emily Perkins MNZM has won the $65,000 Jann Medlicott Acorn Prize for Fiction for her novel Lioness at the 2024 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.

Super Support

10 May 2024

Super Support

There have been a growing number of stories about superannuants experiencing hunger. Some are even going days without a nutritious meal due to financial stress brought about by rising living costs.