Create a Named Fund

Establishing a Named Endowment Fund with Acorn is an easy way to create an enduring legacy in the region you call home. The Acorn team will walk you through the process to ensure that your giving objectives are met. We’ll help you choose how and when you donate, and who your fund supports.

You can choose to give during your lifetime or leave a gift in your Will. Find out more about how giving via an Acorn Endowment Fund works by clicking the button below.


How an Endowment Fund works   Download the MoU form

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Give to a Community Group Fund

Another giving option is to contribute to an existing fund. There are many community groups in our region who have set up an endowment fund with Acorn. By donating to their fund, you will help it grow. Once their fund reaches the $50,000 distributions threshold, the income earned each year will provide an annual income stream to the organisation far into the future.

You can choose to give to a Community Group fund during your lifetime as a one-off or a regular donation, or you can leave a gift in your Will.

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Give to the Acorn
Vital Impact Fund

We recognise that not everyone is ready to set up an endowment fund but still may be passionate about supporting our community.

The Acorn Vital Impact Fund might be the perfect giving option for you.

The Vital Impact Fund distributes to local WBOP organisations that are working to tackle the most pressing issues in our community, as highlighted by recent Vital Signs Research. Each year, the Acorn Foundation’s Distributions Committee reviews applications for funding from charitable organisations in the WBOP, and selects those with the greatest need to receive funding from the Vital Impact Fund.

In 2022, distributions from this Fund were made to Tauranga Community Foodbank, Tauranga Community Housing Trust, Awhina House, Te Aranui Youth Trust, and The Elms Foundation. Learn more about these organisations here.

Funding local organisations like these enables them to continue supporting some of the most vulnerable members of our community. As Tauranga Community Foodbank told us:"This donation will assist us with buying food to provide nutritious food support for people who would otherwise have nowhere else to turn. Unfortunately we have seen a growth in demand for our service as the cost of living is affecting many people who would normally not need our support."

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One-off or regular donations can be made into the Acorn Vital Impact Fund at any time.

If you would like to make a donation to the community through the Acorn Vital Impact Fund, visit the Donate Now page and select ‘Acorn Foundation Vital Impact Fund’ from the drop-down menu.

The Acorn Vital Impact Fund is also available to eligible TECT consumers

Are you a Mercury customer and in a position to consider putting your TECT rebate to work in our community? The Acorn Foundation Vital Impact Fund lets you do just that. The fund invests your donation and the interest earned is distributed each year to deserving community organisations — so your donation keeps growing and giving back forever.

You’ll even be able to get tax back — with a donation receipt from Acorn Foundation, you can claim a 33.3% tax credit each year up to the level of your taxable income. 

It feels good to give, but it feels better to give forever. Find out more about gifting your TECT rebate here.


Corporate Giving

More and more businesses are taking an interest in corporate social responsibility and choosing to give back to the communities in which they work. We know that social good is increasingly important to employees and it will play a more significant role as the younger generations select their preferred employer.


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There are many local organisations in the Western Bay of Plenty - large and small - doing great things in our communities. Corporate Giving through Acorn can take many forms, and is an easy way to make a difference in the region we all love. 

Transfer a Trust

If you are involved with a charitable family or corporate trust and finding BAU difficult after changes to the Trusts Act, Acorn can help. Transferring a trust to the Acorn Foundation provides a simple and effective option. Our low cost structure means capital stays intact and protects it against inflationary pressures, while returning income back to our community.


How a Trust RESettlement works   Download the Trust RESettlement Form

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Join the cause and help us to build a stronger Western Bay of Plenty, for everyone - now and for future generations. 

You can donate now via credit card to a Fund of your choice, by clicking the button below. Information is also provided on how to donate via internet banking.


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