The Wilberforce Foundation is governed by its two founding Trustees with the assistance of an Advisory Board. The Advisory Board plays a key role in helping guide our philanthropic work and operational model. Our staff team are based in Auckland, coordinating all activities of the Foundation and managing our investment programme.
During the journey as funders, we have observed the increasing need for both financial and non-financial support of charities. We now deliver a range of initiatives that cover collaboration opportunities, networking, upskilling and organisational capability development through the use of technical and consultant specialists. We have a particular focus on building connection and collaboration amongst the community of charities that we support.
Our donation activity falls into three main areas.
- We seek to provide annual donations to faith-led charities who are operating nationally, seeking to support and transform communities and who are independently governed. Donations are made in an ‘untagged’ way and typically contribute to no more than 5% of the organisation’s annual revenue. Alongside donations, we run a range of networking and learning opportunities to support the development, connectedness and learning of this ‘community’ of charities. Donations are only made to organisations based in New Zealand.
- We also support specific projects that may include strategic change initiatives, step change growth and/or new or innovative approaches to delivery. These projects are funded during the year and may also include specific areas we have a specific interest or focus on.
- Christian leadership development scholarships are also a focus area, including the development of governance skills and experience. Scholarships are for tuition fees or other approved costs towards a leadership development programme and include mentoring and an invitation to a governance development programme. Applications for scholarships are taken through our nominator organisations.