Thursday, 18 October 2018
ANZ Staff Foundation reaches milestone (+ video)
The ANZ Staff Foundation, started in 2000, has now donated more than $4.5 million to community projects across New Zealand.
ANZ Managing Director Retail and Business Banking Antonia Watson says members of the Foundation are inspired by fellow Kiwis and the important work they do. “We started the ANZ Staff Foundation to encourage everyday Kiwi charities and support the causes New Zealanders care about,” Ms Watson says.
More than 2,000 ANZ staff members donate money from their salary each week, making the ANZ Staff Foundation a leader in payroll giving in New Zealand.
”Almost 20 years on we’re really proud of our staff members who donate to the Foundation. Together, we’ve raised a lot of money.”
Every charity that applies for funding is endorsed by a member of the ANZ Staff Foundation, meaning ANZ staff members can support causes they’re interested or involved in.
The size of the current membership, plus ANZ’s commitment to matching staff donations dollar-for-dollar, means the ANZ Staff Foundation currently donates almost $700,000 to Kiwi charities each year.
A recent ANZ Staff Foundation recipient is Sanctuary Mountain, a Waikato-based charity that built a 47-kilometre pest-proof fence, one of the largest of its kind in the world.
Sanctuary Mountain board member Robyn Nightingale says the charity’s biggest challenge is funding. “For all the passion in the world you still need to put that passion – those dreams – into some sort of action and it’s always going to cost.”
Ms Watson says a highlight of her involvement with the ANZ Staff Foundation is Kiwis helping their communities and making a significant difference in the lives of others. “It’s so important to support these causes as we know some won’t survive without a top-up of money.”
Helen Williams, who works for ANZ in Dunedin and has been contributing to the ANZ Staff Foundation since it started in 2000, says she likes seeing it enable grass-roots charities.
“I really like that it helps make locals’ lives better and supports practical projects such as funding babysitters for struggling parents,” Ms Williams says.
“Plus, my dollar goes twice as far with ANZ’s contribution.”
The ANZ Staff Foundation board, made up of staff from different regions and roles across the bank, meet twice a year to allocate funding. The average ANZ Staff Foundation grant was $6,332 in 2017 but grants range up to $25,000.
The ANZ Staff Foundation’s next funding round is in February 2019. If you’re a registered New Zealand charity, click here to learn how to apply for funding.
About the ANZ Staff Foundation
• The ANZ Staff Foundation is a charitable trust, founded in 2000.
• Since then it has donated more than $4.5 million to local charities and has become a leader in payroll giving in New Zealand.
• ANZ staff donate a percentage of their wage each week, and ANZ matches their contribution dollar-for-dollar.
• In 2017 the foundation donated almost $660,000 to Kiwi charities to support their important work.
• The ANZ Staff Foundation board, made up of staff from different regions and roles across the bank, meet twice a year to allocate funding.
• Click here to learn how to apply for the ANZ Staff Foundation’s next funding round, in February 2019.
Click here to download a video featuring two ANZ Staff Foundation recipients.