Our Vision and Values
We love where we live
Ka aroha tātou I tō tātou whenua noho
The Geyser Community Foundation is a charitable trust registered under the Charities Act 2005.
It was formed in 2007 to provide a simple, effective and long lasting way for individuals, families and organisations to leave legacies or create funds to support local causes, and to ensure these gifts will achieve maximum and enduring benefits for the Rotorua and Taupo District communities, and those who live in the Central North Island region.
People are incredibly important to Geyser and we consider ourselves extremely fortunate to be surrounded by a dedicated team of volunteer Trustees, Committee Members and Ambassadors, who generously give of their time, skills, expertise and energy to guide and oversee our organisation.
Geyser Community Foundation is part of a network of 17 Community Foundations of NZ that have been growing across Aotearoa New Zealand since 2003.
Through our national body, Community Foundations of New Zealand, we’re all working to make a lasting difference in our local communities. Our aim is for every New Zealander to be able to affect lasting change wherever their home or heart may be.
What we have achieved
Since we launched to the public in Rotorua in 2008, and to the people in Taupo in 2012, we have awarded grants with a total value of $1.8 million to worthy causes across the arts, education, environment, family/whanu and community development in this region.
How far have we come
- $2m gifted to deserving local causes
- $15.4m anticipated in wills so far
- $8m under managed funds
- 108 gifts made to our local communities last year
- 1.3 full time staff and support from 30+ volunteers