Large donation to Mary Potter ‘generous gift’
An anonymous donor has contributed $15,000 to Mary Potter Hospice, helping ensure the organisation’s longevity.
The endowment, which had come as a surprise to staff, was from the family of a patient who wanted to thank the organisation for the care their loved one had received in her final months.
‘‘We are delighted to have received such a generous gift. The grant of $15,000 is significant and we are so grateful for our care to be recognised in this way,’’ director of fundraising Philippa Sellens said.
Mary Potter Hospice is a free service for patients with terminal and life-limiting illnesses and their families.
The organisation works to support patients and their families so they can make the most of the time they have left.
However, in order to keep its services free, the hospice has to raise $5 million each year - a figure that had been helped by the donation to the Hospice’s endowment fund, the Forever Foundation.
Sellens said the foundation’s goal was to raise more than $20 million to create an endowment, allowing the hospice to continue providing free services for generations to come while reducing the strain on annual fundraising programmes.
‘‘By giving to the Forever Foundation, the donors are ensuring the longevity of our organisation,’’ Sellens said.
The donation was a ‘‘pass through’’ grant from the Nikau Foundation who were able to provide the donors with anonymity.
General manager Louise Parkin was the lucky one tasked with delivering the good news to Sellens and the rest of the hospice fundraising team.
‘‘It is one of the favourite parts of my job. There are so many charities competing for money out there so it’s great for them to receive large chunks of money out of the blue,’’ she said.
The Nikau Foundation invests the money in perpetuity and distributes the income according to each donor’s wishes. Last year they distributed more than $400,000 to charities in the Wellington region.
‘‘There are so many charities competing for money out there.’’ General manager Louise Parkin
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