Other Funders

We are privileged to be able to support hundreds of community projects every year benefitting thousands of people who live in the Central Lakes region.
We are not alone. The map shows other funders throughout New Zealand who also contribute to causes and while this is not an exhaustive list it provides a good starting point when looking for support for your organisation. To use the map, zoom in and out with the +/- buttons and select any of the pinpoints to see the possible funders and their details.

Philanthropy in New Zealand

Philanthropy in New Zealand is made up of personal giving, statutory trusts and foundations, voluntary trusts and foundations, and business giving. A total of $2.76 billion was gifted in the 2014/15 year. Central Lakes Trust’s support falls under the 32% given by statutory trusts and foundations.

Where Else Might I Get Funding Assistance From?

Another avenue to consider is Generosity New Zealand http://generosity.org.nz/

This service is free to use at public libraries. This service collects and distributes information about funding by way of three separate searchable computer databases:

  1. givME (formerly BreakOut) offers access to more than 4,000 scholarships and grants for individuals.

  2. givUS (formerly FundView) lists more than 1,200 resource schemes for communities, volunteer organisations and clubs.

  3. givER (formerly CorporateCitizens) connects businesses with community groups to achieve positive social impacts.


Crowdfunding the practice of funding a project or venture by raising monetary contributions from a large number of people, typically via the internet. There are hundreds of crowdfunding sites worldwide, and not all of them are open to New Zealand-based projects. Depending on what you’re looking to fund, here are a few of the popular options to consider for New Zealand / Otago based projects. 


Boosted was founded in 2013 in Auckland, it provides the platform to bring artists together with potential donors. Boosted also provides learning opportunities for those in the arts community to help them be more effective around their fundraising efforts. It is backed by the Arts Foundation, New Zealand’s leading arts philanthropic organisation.



Givealittle was founded in 2009 and in 2012 was acquired by the Spark Foundation. It is dedicated to connecting New Zealand causes with generous online donors.



PledgeMe helps Kiwis fund projects, through crowdfunding campaigns. Project campaigns enable anyone to turn an idea into reality by posting a project campaign and asking their crowd for support. If the campaign meets its target, the project is funded and the pledges are rewarded.



Volunteering New Zealand and local Volunteering Chapters have a wealth of information, advice and training to help community groups and organisations achieve their objectives. 

www.volunteeringcentral.org.nz for Alexandra, Cromwell, Queenstown, and Wanaka.