With over 27,000 registered Charities in Aotearoa, New Zealand, why us?

Our edge is to grow Koha/Donations through the investment expertise and commercial discipline of Milford Asset Management. We will create a material impact in our communities overtime, through the rigour we will apply in carefully selecting the charity partners we will work with. The overall impact to the community will be far more certain.

Grant and Grow

50% of all funds donated will be invested and grown for future granting, utilising Milford Asset Management's proven active management and investment expertise approach to materially grow the capital of funds donated. This will enable us to over time, make a significant granting impact for our charity partners to deliver on our aligned objectives.

We work alongside our charity partners to ensure impact

In our funds management business we carefully research companies before making any initial investment. We subsequently work hard to continually monitor and assess those companies, ensuring we understand how they can maximise their potential. This same investment rigour and due diligence process in firstly funding and then providing ongoing supportive engagement with our charity partners will be applied here.

We grant with our heads and our hearts

We know that giving to charities is part of the Kiwi way, and often it is our emotion that drives us to donate and be part of a recipients journey. But as custodian of donations to pass onto those who need them, we are also committed to using our analytical expertise to achieve maximum social return for the donations we manage.

Investing in the future of Aotearoa creating opportunities for generations that follow

We are excited and passionate about this bold move to work for quantifiable and meaningful impact for New Zealand and New Zealanders.

“Individually, we are one drop. Together we are an ocean”. Ryunosuke Satoro

Strong and meaningful partnerships

We work alongside our charity partners to ensure quantifiable impact. Whilst providing support in the form of financial resources, we will also give of our time and provide ongoing stewardship.

A focus on transparency, efficiency and effectiveness

Investing in future generations of Aotearoa by creating opportunities for generations to follow.

Investment expertise

50% of every dollar donated will be granted and 50% of every donated dollar will be grown for future granting. Milford has a proven track record of using its investment expertise and active management approach to materially grow the capital of its clients. The same long term investment approach in managing the Milford Foundation's investments will be applied, maximising return on donations received ensuring the longevity of the Milford Foundation is maintained.

Best practice principles at every step

The outcome from holding ourselves to account and our ongoing engagement with our charity partners will be a successful Foundation that will undoubtedly make a meaningful ongoing social and environmental impact in New Zealand.

Our core pillars are Youth, Education and the Environment


Our rangatahi and mokopuna are the future leaders and guardians of Aotearoa.  We will work with charitable partners who see the value in our youth, harnessing their energy, and providing them with the opportunities to play an integral role in the growth of our country now and in the future.


Every New Zealander has the right to a good education so that the dreams and ambitions they set for themselves can be realised. We support those  working to enhance education and provide knowledge for the youth of Aotearoa, allowing them the freedom of choice for a prosperous future. In a highly targeted fashion, the Foundation will partner with charitable organisations specifically addressing the widening achievement gap currently found in the education system.


The environment plays a vital role on life in Aotearoa. That's why we are committed to working with like-minded charitable partners who work hard to safeguard our natural environment, particularly as it pertains to how we manage, minimise and mitigate the impacts of waste in our broader environment. The environment plays such a vital role in Aotearoa’s long-term prosperity and success.

Our current charity partner projects


Kiwi Can

A life skills and values programme delivered to the whole school by trained Kiwi Can leaders, with every child attending a Kiwi Can lesson once a week, every week of the school year. School Principals tell us that Kiwi Can has a noticeable effect on how well their children interact with each other - with significant decreases in truancy and bullying.

Project k

Project K

Project K is a 14-month mentoring programme designed for selected students with low self-confidence. The aim of Project K is to arm these young people with a belief in their own ability, to set and achieve goals and to help them find purpose and direction transforming their lives.

Project K need one on one mentors. Can you give the Koha of time to be one of them?

Career Navigator

Career Navigator is a ready-for-work programme that is designed to help secondary school students find a meaningful pathway upon leaving school. The programme supports teens in their decision making around future employment while also providing an effective platform for employers to share real-world knowledge and offer mentoring and active learning opportunities.

Do you want to connect your industry to young people? Career Navigator mentoring could be just the ticket! Find out how here.

0800 What's Up

0800 What’s Up is a helpline for tamariki and rangatahi in Aotearoa. It’s available nationwide, and children and teenagers can either call for free or chat online with one of their counsellors. Tamariki and rangatahi can ask to speak with a counsellor who they can positively relate to (a specific gender or ethnicity), and can ask to have ongoing counselling with the same counsellor if it helps them build trust. Empowering children and teenagers is central to their counselling practice. They help to develop a child or teenager’s personal competence and resilience, so they can take a positive perspective on the world around them. Tamariki and rangatahi are encouraged to get in contact to talk about anything at all. No problem is too big or too small.

How you can get involved

We want the Milford Foundation to be one of the best and most impactful charities in Aotearoa, New Zealand and in order to achieve that, it will take more than the might of Milford Asset Management behind us. It will need New Zealanders that also believe in our WHY and who also stand behind our pillars of support to get involved.


If you can, donate what you can, today.

We will retain half of what you donate under investment management to grow. Over time, that will make a huge point of difference in terms of what we can grant in the future.


We understand that not everyone is in the position to donate money to charity.
That doesnt mean you can't give philanthropically. Time is just as important as money. From time to time, we will invite our members to various projects that involve the giving of time. Right now though, if you visit Our Partners page, there are two opportunities with the Graeme Dingle Foundation where time is needed in the form of Mentors (Project K One-on-One mentor programme and Career Navigator - Business mentoring


The Milford Foundation is for all New Zealander's that believe in the values, principles and practices outlined on our website. When you donate to the Milford Foundation, you automatically become a member of the Foundation. That means, we'll keep you updated with how the money you have donated has created impact and how the balance under investment management is growing. We won’t bombard you, that’s a promise. Being a member of the Milford Foundation also means that from time to time we will invite you to Koha time on projects that require volunteers. Whether you can or can’t, that is entirely up you. There won’t be any pressure from us. Of course, when you donate, you have the option to opt out of all this too, and that’s absolutely ok.


There are many ways to give.
Corporate Giving, One off Giving, Regular giving, Giving of time, Payroll giving and Giving in memory.

The Milford Foundation is open to any form of giving, how ever you want to give it.


Are you an expert in our pillar areas of support? We're looking for a team of people we can seek advice from in relation to Youth, Education and the Environment, from time to time. If this is you, and you have the gift of Koha time to give and wish to get behind what we are setting out to achieve, we would love to hear from you.

Please get in touch.


If you believe in what we are setting out to achieve, then please tell others about it. We are truly excited about the fundamental difference we are going to be able to make over time in the communities of Aotearoa, New Zealand. We would love to hear any great ideas you might have too. Please feel free to drop us an email and let us know what they are.

Thanks to our amazing supporters

Join us and tell us what you think

We want all those that donate to the Milford Foundation to get involved. But only if you want to. Tell us your ideas here on how you think we can ensure impact within the pillars we are passionate about. We would love to hear your ideas.