16 Mar 2017

Newsletter | Spring 2017 | Philanthropy

The Perpetual Guardian Foundation (The Foundation)

With more than 130 years of experience in managing private wealth and charitable funds, Perpetual Guardian has established a proud reputation for long-term planning, prudent management and specialist Trust administration.

The Foundation is uniquely positioned to provide an access point for your giving, large or small, during your lifetime, or after. You can be part of a community of donors working together to make a difference.

The Foundation is a unique offering. Its innovative structure creates a single access point for everyday philanthropists to engage with a range of giving options for meaningful philanthropy. That structure also helps minimise fees and maximise impact – demonstrating Perpetual Guardian’s commitment to value.

The Foundation was designed to make giving accessible for everyone. Donors can have an impact no matter how big or small their contribution.

For more information on The Foundation, visit

Pictured centre: John McFetridge, General Manager - PCS, Kirsten Taylor, Philanthropy Services Manager, and Andrea Hewitt at the launch of the AH Foundation.
Pictured centre: John McFetridge, General Manager - PCS, Kirsten Taylor, Philanthropy Services Manager, and Andrea Hewitt at the launch of the AH Foundation.

The Andrea Hewitt Foundation

In June, the Perpetual Guardian team had the pleasure of launching the Andrea Hewitt Foundation alongside members of the business and triathlon community.

The launch event hosted at Tavendale and Partners in Christchurch included a live auction which raised $7,800 for the foundation and will go towards supporting up-and-coming triathletes.

Andrea’s Rio 2016 competition bike was auctioned off, along with a number of other impressive items, including a framed Lotto Jumbo cycling jersey signed by cyclist George Bennett and a framed All Blacks alternate jersey signed by former All Black captain Richie McCaw.

The AH Foundation aims to support athletes who may not be able to afford training and equipment. To kick start the foundation, Perpetual Guardian donated $50,000 in seed funding to help drive Andrea’s philanthropic coaching programme.

To donate to the AH Foundation, visit

Farina Thompson Charitable Trust

The Farina Thompson Charitable Trust aims to help a variety of charities within the Canterbury region and is a great example of how a little can go a long way if the grant making management process is strategic, allowing charities to plan for the future.

Due to an increasing amount of interest and demand for funding, the Trust has developed a unique system where applications are divided into five categories, and rotated annually – meaning a charity only has to apply once every five years and if chosen gets a set amount as a grant, awarded annually.

St John of God Hauora Trust, a small charity that has benefited from a grant made by the Farina Thompson Charitable Trust, has been able to apply the funding to a programme dedicated to vulnerable young people and people with disabilities.

After the five-year grant period concluded, the programme was so successful that the Ministry of Social Development is now providing ongoing funding for its continuation!

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