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Guardian Trust Calls For Applications For Grants

Media Release September 2008

Guardian Trust Calls For Applications For Grants

The people of the Rotorua region are being invited to reap the rewards bestowed by four late local residents who set up trusts with Guardian Trust for the benefit of the Rotorua’s local community.

Guardian Trust is calling for applications from suitable parties for grants to cover work that fits with how the donors instructed their charitable funds to be used. The request for applications coincides with the leading trustee and wealth management company’s national launch of its Centre for Philanthropy, which matches charities with potential donations from Guardian Trust’s pool of clients.

Guardian Trust is the trustee for more than 450 charitable trusts, distributing approximately $26 million annually for the benefit of New Zealanders.

The Francis Moss Boord Charitable Trust was established by Raymond Boord, a former Rotorua Mayor, in memory of his father, and has funds available for charitable purposes in areas including the development of public reserves and domains, and the purchase of historically significant books, documents and artworks for housing in the Rotorua public library, museum or art gallery. A previous recipient of Trust funds was the Rotorua Tree Trust, which was given $50,000.

The Eric Hattaway Bridgman Trust Fund, established by Dr Bridgman who served as a superintendent at the Rotorua Hospital for 30-years during his lifetime, has funds available for the benefit of charitable, educational, cultural and benevolent institutions and organisations operating in the Rotorua district, in Te Whaiti, Murupara and Ruatahuna, and for members of the Arawa iwi and their descendants, wherever they reside. In the last ten years, the Trust has distributed some $150,000 into the Rotorua community.

The Gordon Bartleet Charitable Trust has funds available for the benefit of Protestant, charitable, public, educational and benevolent institutions in Rotorua.

The Rita Colleen Cave Estate Charitable Trust has funds available for the benefit of children (aged under 16) who require overseas medical treatment to resolve life-threatening situations.

Guardian Trust Client Manager Cristel Tapoki said the launch of the Centre for Philanthropy had attracted significant attention to the activities of charitable trusts.

“Following the launch it is an opportune time to call for applications for grants from these four trusts, which were set up by good, hard-working New Zealanders who wanted the causes they believed in to be supported beyond their lifespans. Mr Boord and Dr Bridgman did a lot for the Rotorua community during their lives, and they and the other founders have left a wonderful legacy for others to benefit from. Our call for applications is also a great chance to tell people that they too may set up a trust if they choose – charitable donations don’t have to be one-offs but can be made in perpetuity according to your specific wishes and instructions.”

Ms Tapoki said applicants needed to give information about how the money would be used, their accounts and their constitution. All applications will be assessed on their merit.

Those interested in more information about any of these trusts may contact Guardian Trust by email on


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