Creating a socially just and inclusive Aotearoa New Zealand

Kia hua mai he whenua ka toko i te tika me te pono hei korowai mō Aotearoa

Nau mai, haere mai. Welcome to J R McKenzie Trust.

Our COVID-19 Lens on Funding

Our second grant round for 2020 is now open and will close on 12th August.

We will prioritise applications for projects that are aligned with our strategy and needed in a post-COVID-19 environment. Please click here for more information on our criteria and how to apply for this funding.

The J R McKenzie Trust is a philanthropic family trust that has been grantmaking in Aotearoa New Zealand since 1940. Known for funding groups and initiatives that often struggle to get grants elsewhere, we distribute allocated funds through a variety of approaches and mechanisms to organisations that align with our vision of a socially just and inclusive Aotearoa New Zealand.

Our funding is made possible by dividends received each year from Rangatira Investments, a company established by Sir J R McKenzie in 1937, that pioneered private investment in New Zealand. Today it grows iconic New Zealand businesses utilising a co-investment model.

The Trust is registered with Charities Services CC54094 and is a member of Philanthropy NZ.

Please browse our website to learn more about us, what we fund and the people and organisations we support.

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24th April, 2020 JR McKenzie News

Outcomes Harvest Learnings

In 2019 the J R McKenzie Trust completed an outcomes harvest of responsive grants from 2013-2018. It found that a considerable funding investment over five years had measurably advanced the Trust’s vision towards creating a socially just and inclusive Aotearoa New Zealand... READ MORE

24th April, 2020 Ngā Kaikōkiri

Te Ngākau Kahukura Championing Rainbow Young People

Te Ngākau Kahukura is a national initiative that strives to develop and enhance the environments in which rainbow young people live, learn, and access health services and social support... READ MORE

24th April, 2020 Events

Advocacy and Systems Change Workshop and Report

This event held in Auckland on 12th March was quite momentous in many quite unforeseen ways. It was one of the very last occasions where funders from the philanthropy sector were able to travel from all parts of the country and meet together in person to learn and share experiences in a stimulating workshop setting... READ MORE