At Trust Waikato our vision is for resilient and vibrant Waikato communities.
Our mission is to invest wisely and to grant effectively. We aim to do this by:
We aim to grant effectively by:
We provide grants to not-for-profit community groups and projects that improve the wellbeing of Waikato communities.
The types of groups and projects we fund is broad and includes social services, education, sport, recreation, youth, art, culture, history and the environment.
We’re particularly interested in projects that target communities with the highest need.
The Trust’s strategic priorities for impact include:
1. Facilitating improved outcomes for the highest need communities in our region. Through this priority, the Trust will have a strategic focus on:
2. Strengthening the community sector by:
Resilient and vibrant Waikato communities
Invest wisely, donate effectively
For us, it’s all about the Waikato. That’s where we’re based, where we come from, and where we focus our support.
Our funding area incorporates Thames–Coromandel, Hauraki, Matamata–Piako, Waipa, Waikato, South Waikato, Waitomo, Otorohanga and Ruapehu districts, as well as Hamilton city. It includes much of the lands of the Tainui waka, and the people of Waikato, Raukawa, Hauraki and Maniapoto iwi.
The Government established Trust Waikato by statute in 1988, to hold and manage the shares of Trust Bank Waikato. In 1996, we left banking and the shares were sold, with the proceeds of the sale invested.
Since then, we have managed those investments, using a portion of the profits each year to support community groups and projects throughout the Waikato region.
You can find out more about our activities and investments in our key documents.
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The Trust began collecting art and taonga of significance to the Waikato region in 1999. In October 2015, the collection - now comprising over 260 pieces, was gifted to Hamilton City Council for the Waikato Museum.
Here is a short video clip taken at the gifting ceremony at Waikato Museum on 5 October 2015. (Credit: Rebekah Parsons-King / Stuff.co.nz)
You can also view the book Treasures of the Waikato, which includes all the art and taonga in the Trust Waikato collection.
The collection can be viewed online here.