Responding To Communities
Sir John McKenzie who set up the J R McKenzie Trust in 1940 wanted to improve the quality of life of New Zealanders. This purpose, insightful for its time and set out in its Trust Deed, allows the Trust Board to make donations for any charitable or educational purposes it wishes to select.
It does this by responding to grant applications received twice a year from registered charities, community groups and non-government organisations seeking funding.
Over time the focus and the language of the Trust has expanded and changed but the current vision statement of contributing to achieving a “A socially just and inclusive Aotearoa New Zealand” is still aligned with Sir John’s and later Sir Roy Mc Kenzie’s original purpose.
Today our key areas of focus are disadvantaged children and their families, and Māori development. Other issues of social justice that require community mobilisation and advocacy can also be funded.
To apply for our funding or to meet our current grantees click here.