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Sunrise Foundation awards grants to 35 local causes

October 2018


The Sunrise Foundation board has approved $79,310 of grants to arts, education, environment, health, social services and sports causes throughout the Tairawhiti-Gisborne District.

Glenda Stokes, Sunrise Executive Officer, is delighted Sunrise is in a position to fund so many causes this year.

Glenda says “it is due to the generosity of our local donors that we have been able to support so many needy causes again this year. It exceeds all of our expectations that we have been able to grant $187,785 back to our community since we launched four years ago.”

In the 2018 funding round Sunrise received applications requesting $180,000 in assistance. Glenda added that “this shows how much need there is in our community and has made me even more determined to grow our endowment funds, so we have more money to help more causes in future.”

Sunrise, a community endowment foundation, raises money through donations and legacies from local Tairawhiti-Gisborne donors. All money donated is invested in perpetuity (forever) to protect the capital, and grown each year to inflation proof and protect the funds from future market fluctuations. The surplus income is granted to charities and community organisations in the Tairawhiti-Gisborne District.

Applications for grants are invited once a year and assessed by the Sunrise Grants Committee, which includes Sunrise Trustees Richard Briant, Colin Christie, David Clark and Lilian Tangaere-Baldwin. Rob Dymock and Leslynne Jackson volunteer on the committee as secondees.

Glenda believes having a grants committee with a wide range of experience and knowledge made the granting process more manageable. She added that “our trustees expertise is well balanced with the health and community services sector knowledge Rob and Leslynne bring to the team.”

Leslynne Jackson has worked in the community services sector in Tairawhiti-Gisborne for many years and has seen firsthand the funding shortfalls in organisations delivering social services. She believes as the gap widens between the haves and have nots the role of philanthropy in helping to bridge that gap will become more important.

“I can see the needs in our community are going to keep rising. I volunteer for Sunrise because I believe its endowment model is going to become hugely beneficial for our community as Sunrise grows. The money that’s given keeps on giving, forever.”

David Clark chairs the Grants Committee and has been a trustee since Sunrise was established in October 2014. He has been involved in the charitable sector in Tairawhiti-Gisborne for many years and is a family member/trustee on the Clark Charitable Trust.

David says that as Sunrise only distributes the surplus income from the endowment funds invested this limits how much they can grant each year.

“As Sunrise’s endowment funds grow we will have more funding available and be in a better position to support more worthy causes. We appreciate the effort organisations took in making their applications and commend all the applicants on the important work they do in our community.”

2018 grant recipients are Art in Public Places, Barnardos Gisborne, Citizens Advice Bureau Gisborne, City of Gisborne Cadet Unit, Eastwoodhill Arboretum, EIT Students Association, Gisborne Budget Advisory Service, Gisborne Craft & Care, Gisborne East Coast Cancer Society, Gisborne International Music Competition, Gisborne Rowing Club, Gisborne Volunteer Centre, Hearing Assistance, Historic Places Tairawhiti, Hospice Tairawhiti, Life Education Trust, Mangapapa Union Church, Midway Surf Club, Pakirikiri Marae, Red Cross Gisborne, Seasons of Growth, SLSNZ Eastern Region, Supergrans, Tairawhiti Beneficiary Advocacy Trust, Tairawhiti Community Law Centre, Tairawhiti Community Voice, Tauawhi Men’s Centre, Te Hapara Family Service, Te Ora Hau Te Tairawhiti, Victim Support Tairawhiti, Waikanae Surf Lifesaving Club, Waikohu Health, Wainui Surf Club

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Image attached – Sunrise Grants Committee 2018

The Sunrise Foundation Grants Committee (l-r) David Clark, Leslynne Jackson, Richard Briant, Rob Dymock and Colin Christie (Lilian Tangaere-Baldwin absent)

Notes for editor

• The Sunrise Foundation raises funds from donations and legacies and invests them in perpetuity (forever) in endowment funds.

• Income from investments is used to increase endowments in line with inflation and protect the funds from future market fluctuations. The surplus investment income is granted to charities, organisations and needy causes in the Tairawhiti-Gisborne District only. All money raised here, stays here.

• Generous local donors have gifted $2.1 million in donations and $7 million in promised bequests to The Sunrise Foundation since October 2014.

• Donations gifted to the Sunrise General Fund ensure we can respond to our communities needs as they change. Income from the Sunrise General Fund is used to provide grants in our annual funding round.

• Donors can support their favourite charities or causes through a special purpose endowment fund, meaning their chosen charity will be supported by their donation forever. Click here for a full list.

• A separate named endowment fund can be established when a donors donations total $50,000 or more. They can name the fund any name of their choice, and nominate which charities or causes will receive grants from the income from the fund.

• Although new to New Zealand community foundations have been operating successfully in North America for over 100 years.

• The Sunrise Foundation was launched by The Warehouse founder Sir Stephen Tindall in October 2014.

• Sunrise is governed by a local board, independent from but supported by Community Foundations New Zealand and The Tindall Foundation with guidance, encouragement and sharing of resources.

• Sunrise is one of seventeen independent community foundations in New Zealand.

• Colin Christie, Sunrise vice chair, is on the board of Community Foundations NZ.

• Sunrise has one funding round per annum. Applications are open to charitable organisations in the Tairawhiti-Gisborne District and organisations delivering charitable projects in the Tairawhiti-Gisborne District.

• Funding applications are assessed by the Sunrise Grants Committee.

• In our first four funding rounds we awarded 102 grants to worthy causes across the arts, education, environment, health, social services and sports communities in the Tairawhiti-Gisborne District, with a total value of $187,785.

Grant recipients over the last four years are Alzheimers Society Gisborne, Art in Public Places, Barnardos Gisborne, Centre Stage, Citizens Advice Bureau Gisborne, City of Gisborne Cadet Unit, Diabetes Gisborne, Eastland Kart Club, Eastwoodhill Arboretum, EIT Students Association, Gisborne Boys’ High School, Gisborne Budget Advisory Service, Gisborne City Vintage Railway, Gisborne Concert Band, Gisborne Craft & Care, Gisborne East Coast Cancer Society, Gisborne International Music Competition, Gisborne Land Search & Rescue, Gisborne Riding For Disabled, Gisborne Rowing Club, Gisborne Unity Theatre, Gisborne Volunteer Centre, Gisborne Youth Sports Charitable Trust, Tairawhiti-Gisborne Regional Science & Technology Fair, Growing Through Grief, Hackfalls Aboretum, Hearing Assistance, Heart Foundation Gisborne, Historic Places Tairawhiti, Horouta Waka Hoe Club, Hospice Tairawhiti, Ilminster Intermediate, Ka Pai Kaiti, Kaiti School, Kids Can Charitable Trust, Life Education Trust, Longbush Eco Sanctuary, Mangapapa Playcentre, Mangapapa Union Church, Matapuna Training Trust, Midway Surf Club, Mind Lab, Ngati Porou Hauora, Pakirikiri Marae, Poverty Bay Woolcrafters, Red Cross Gisborne, Seasons of Growth, SLSNZ Eastern Region, Supergrans, Swim for Life Tairawhiti, Tairawhiti Beneficiary Advocacy Trust, Tairawhiti Community Law Centre, Tairawhiti Community Voice, Tairawhiti Environment Centre, Tairawhiti Multicultural Council, Tairawhiti Technology Trust, Tauawhi Men’s Centre, Te Hā Sestercentennial Trust, Te Hapara Family Service, Te Ora Hau Te Tairawhiti, The Aurora Education Foundation Charitable Trust, Turanganui Schools Maori Cultural Festival, Victim Support Tairawhiti, Waikanae Surf Lifesaving Club, Waikohu Health, Wainui Surf Club, Whinray Eco Trust.


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