Trust de­liv­ers $11.6m to com­mu­nity groups

Hamilton Press - - OUT & ABOUT - MIKE BAIN

Trust Waikato de­liv­ered $11.6 mil­lion in the past fi­nan­cial year to sup­port ini­tia­tives across the re­gion.

Hamil­ton groups re­ceived $3.1m in fund­ing spread across 98 com­mu­nity groups.

The trust made sig­nif­i­cant do­na­tion to­wards the sec­ond stage for Hamil­ton City Coun­cil’s gar­dens project ($200,000), the Rauawaawa Kau­matua Trust ($300,000) and the Te Ka­hao Health Ltd ($100,000).

Other do­na­tions were re­ceived by NZ Red Cross Hamil­ton Ser­vice Cen­tre ($60,000), Waikato Med­i­cal Re­search Foun­da­tion ($75,000), Hamil­ton Gar­dens Sum­mer Fes­ti­val Foun­da­tion ($100,000), Link House Trust ($70,000) and the Waikato In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy ($75,000).

The bal­ance was made of grants for dif­fer­ing amounts from $500 up­wards.

Some of the main talk­ing points from the trust’s an­nual pub­lic meet­ing, at­tended by stake­hold­ers from across the Waikato, was the fis­cal man­age­ment of the trustees.

From the $11.6m paid out through grants, $8.8m was ap­proved for 636 com­mu­nity projects with $2.8m go­ing to 10 sig­nif­i­cant cap­i­tal projects.

A fur­ther $2.5m was paid to the trusts strate­gic part­ners.

Trust chair­man Niwa Nuri out­lined the new 10-year plan fo­cus­ing on achiev­ing im­pact and in­flu­ence at a re­gional level through ef­fec­tive phi­lan­thropy, lead­er­ship and part­ner­ship.

In recog­nis­ing the need for strong lead­er­ship, the strat­egy has a deeper fo­cus on tack­ling new chal­lenges and its five and 10-year goals to­wards en­abling trans­for­ma­tional change for peo­ple, com­mu­ni­ties and places where the need is great­est.

Out­lin­ing where the need is great­est chief ex­ec­u­tive Den­nis Tur­ton ac­knowl­edges so­cial ser­vices is a ma­jor area the trust is fo­cused on.

Last year the trust con­sid­ered ap­pli­ca­tions to­talling over $6m for sup­port­ing fam­i­lies and young peo­ple.

It in­cluded 264 re­quests from so­cial ser­vices, and the trust ap­proved fund­ing of $3.5m.

‘‘The trust is sup­port­ing with ca­pac­ity build­ing and ca­pa­bil­ity through Com­mu­nity Waikato and this model is now be­ing repli­cated around the coun­try.’’

This is where a num­ber of so­cial ser­vices are housed in one lo­ca­tion where sig­nif­i­cant op­er­a­tional costs are saved be­cause of shared ser­vices.

The trust is in good shape go­ing into the fu­ture with funds val­ued at $371m.

Trust Waikato chief ex­ec­u­tive Den­nis Tur­ton and trust chair­man Niwa Nuri.

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