NBCF Winter 2016 Newsletter
In this edition:

$28,000 donated to four community groups

In December we announced a new funding partnership with The Tindall Foundation to support our Families and Social Services Programme across the top of the South Island.  We've completed the first funding round for this partnership and are delighted to confirm donations totalling $28,000 supporting the following community groups.

  • $9,500 to Nelson Budget Service Inc
  • $6,500 to English Language Partners Nelson/Marlborough
  • $6,000 to Nelson Community Foodbank Trust
  • $6,000 to Nelson District Parent Centre

The stories behind each organisation and the projects being funded will be covered over several weeks in your community newspaper starting with the story on the Nelson Budget Service Inc.

Nelson Bays Community Foundation and The Tindall Foundation thank each of these organisations for the tremendous support they provide to our community.

The next funding round under this partnership closes on 16th August 2016. For further information visit

New Foundation Sponsor

NBCF is delighted to welcome Port Nelson Ltd as a Foundation Sponsor.

Chair Julie Varney said “Our family of Foundation supporters & sponsors are a valued group who contribute to fund the operational cost of running the Foundation.  This helps NBCF to maximise our donor contributions to the community.   Read more

The 2016 Beacon of Opportunities released

NBCF has released the 2016 edition of the Beacon of Opportunities – your guide to community giving.  First launched in 2015, the Beacon of Opportunities is a guide to help donors, by taking the guesswork out of giving.  The 2016 edition profiles 33 community organisations operating across the Nelson Tasman region.

A primary aim of the Foundation is to encourage locals to give where you live.  The focus of the Beacon of Opportunities is to help raise awareness of the funding needs of local community projects.

David Kerr, NBCF Executive Officer, said “there is a broad range of charities profiled in this edition. We are delighted to be able to help raise awareness of the tremendous work being done by volunteers and community workers in our region.  Quite simply, these organisations are a key factor in helping create the vibrancy in our community”.

We encourage all residents in Nelson and Tasman to read this guide and support your favoured project/s.  Funds raised through the Beacon of Opportunities are collated by NBCF and the full donation is passed on to the community organisation selected by the donors.

Here's the link to download the Beacon of Opportunities, or contact NBCF on 0800 777 880 to receive your copy.

NBCF welcomes 3 new trustees

Chair, Julie Varney, is delighted to welcome Nick Moore, Bill Agnew and Tim Saunders to the Board of Nelson Bays Community Foundation. Julie advised that Nick, Bill and Tim add a broad range of skills, experience and connections to the board as we build on our activity in the community. We will profile each trustee separately starting with Bill Agnew in this edition.  Read more

Community Group Endowment Funds

Donors wishing to support a charity with its long term financial sustainability have several giving options through the Foundation, including contributing to an endowment fund for that organisation.
Endowment contributions are invested in perpetuity with the income distributed annually, providing the named organisation with a reliable revenue stream.  By contributing to a Community Group Endowment Fund, supporters are able to aggregate donations through NBCF for the perpetual benefit of the named charity.
The Foundation is pleased to welcome Brook Waimarama Sanctuary Trust which has just launched an Endowment Fund.  If you are interested in supporting the long term sustainability of the sanctuary, contact NBCF to discuss making a contribution now or as a bequest through your will.
More on NBCF Community Group Endowment Funds 

NBCF website updated

We've just launched a new website to better inform and support donors, charities and advocates in our community.
The website includes information and resources on how to begin your giving programme; funding opportunities for community groups; and resources for professional advisors assisting clients with estate planning.  Thanks to Brendyn and Jan at Avoca Design for their support in creating our new website.
Please visit and let us know what you think.
Nelson Bays Community Foundation acknowledges these organisations which support your community by helping to fund the operational costs of the Foundation:

Make a gift to your community and together we can create a vibrant region

Executive Officer: David Kerr 
Phone: 03 5466323 or 0800 777880 

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