The Wilberforce Foundation was established to support faith-led organisations who are reaching out to communities and making a difference in the lives of others within New Zealand.
The Foundation was founded by Ian and Wendy Kuperus in 2008 as a vehicle to distribute funds made available from their commercial interests, including Tax Management New Zealand (TMNZ). We are named after the world-famous social reformer William Wilberforce, best known for the successful anti-slavery campaign, which continues to inspire social reformers today.
We currently support around 100 faith-led organisations across Aotearoa. A significant focus of our work is in supporting the ‘community of charities’ we fund through networking, resourcing and capability development. We also undertake specific projects (either directly or partnering with organisations) in a number of strategic focus areas.
We see our role as:
- Supporting the growth, national development and governance of faith-led organisations
- Encouraging the sharing of best practice, promoting innovation and nurturing collaboration
- Equipping leaders to lead confidently, faithfully and graciously in uncertain times
- Research, education and advocacy in areas of culture, faith and heritage in Aotearoa
- Impact investment in social enterprises, impact funds and other innovative, impact-centric capital projects
We continue to refine our approach to philanthropy and always welcome opportunities to engage with other philanthropic organisations and social service agencies to learn and share best practice.