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The strength of women.

The dreams of girls.

Auckland Foundation COVID-19 Community Response Fund.

There is no doubt that COVID-19 is having an unprecedented effect on each and every one of us.

We recognise there will be many challenges ahead for Tāmaki Makaurau and our communities, but also we recognise women in particular will be hugely affected during this time; women who are facing additional stress in their household, single and working mothers, and women at increased risk from violence.

The Auckland Foundation COVID-19 Community Response Fund, with your help, will provide financial support to ensure the safety and wellbeing of those most at risk, including our wāhine and their whanau, during these difficult, challenging times.

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By women for women.

Creating opportunities.

Lifting each other up.

Raising expectations.

Challenging gender roles.

We are a community of generous women who work together to create opportunities for women and girls in our city. We support projects that help and empower women to reach their full potential and achieve the best outcomes.


Lead with purpose.

Support women-led projects.

Make a real impact.

We make it easy to donate to projects that target and directly influence the lives of women in our community. As a member of the fund, you get to help us decide which projects to fund and how best to make a difference.

Be part of something special and through your generosity create a ripple effect of change in our city, our country and the world.

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Re-imagining what is possible for women and girls.

We imagine a world where women and girls can reach their biggest, boldest, most ambitious dreams.

Where women are safe, respected and not constrained by discrimination, sexism and old-fashioned ideas of what we can and should do.

New Zealand was the first country to give women the vote, yet there is still a huge difference in the way women are treated.


If we were 100 women:

  • 20 of us would experience sexual harrassment as secondary school students
  • 25 of us would be heading solo-parent households
  • 33 of us would experience domestic violence in our lifetime
  • We would be underrepresented by 36% on NZX 100 companies
  • We would earn 9% less than men

This needs to change.

Together we can do something about it.

Join us

Become a member.

"I've always had strong women role-models in my life, who believed in me and encouraged me. That's why I decided to join the Women's Fund. I really believe in women supporting women and helping each other grow and flourish."

Qiujing Easterbrook-Wong
Co-founder of Borderless Productions


Becoming a member of the Women's Fund is easy.

Once you make a donation (no matter if it's $5, $50 or $5,000) you become a member of the fund.

As a member you can help to determine where grants are made and how they will be spent.

You also get:

  • Access to our members-only meetings
  • Exclusive invitations to events
  • Intimacy with the impact you are making
  • A community of like-minded women to inspire and encourage you
  • Regular updates
  • Opportunities to learn, network and meet women from all walks of life

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Photo: Rebecca Zephyr Thomas, Viva


Support the Women's Fund.

Join us in making a difference in the lives of women and girls.

Give a monthly gift

Giving a regular gift allows us to plan ahead and be more effective. It also helps us address needs as they arise.

One-off gifts

Every single donation is a much-welcomed act of generosity that will go a long way towards helping women and girls.

Workplace giving

Your organisation can support the work of the Women’s Fund with a modest annual donation, giving you access to events and communication. Contact us for more information about making this happen.


Memorial opportunities

As part of the Women’s Fund you can establish an “In Memorial Fund” when a loved one passes away. This can be a powerful way of supporting great projects and ensuring your loved one’s name lives on.

Help us spread the word

It will take all of us to make a real difference. Use your networks to help the Women's Fund grow its membership and impact. Talk to your friends and family about the Women's Fund or host an event and invite us to speak about why women's giving is so important.

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How your generosity makes a difference.

In most cases, your donation will be split 50/50 between the Future Fund and Annual Granting.

Annual Granting

Contributions are pooled and members meet to decide how much and where their donations will be best used. These one-off granting opportunities are decided on a one-by-one basis.

The Future Fund

We don't know what future barriers girls and women will face, but we can build a fund that will help address them. This fund will be grown and managed in order to provide for future programmes.

How donation decisions are made

Members of the Women's Fund meet regularly and discuss challenges women face and opportunities to make purposeful donations. Research is carried out into issues and ways to make meaningful and ethical contributions.

Relationships with recipients are formed which creates an intimacy, seeing and understanding the impact created.

A woman's life.

With support, grit and determination, many women are striving to overcome disadvantage and barriers so they can build successful lives.

Meet Noeleen

Noeleen escaped a violent and abusive childhood on the East Coast of New Zealand by marrying in her teens and embracing Islam. She wears the hijab (head scarf) which makes her easily identifiable as a Muslim.

“As a proud Māori woman from Ngāti Porou, it is ironic to be told to “Go home to your own country," she says.

As her marriage disintegrated, many local services did not understand who she was as a Muslim woman. She co-founded the Fatimah Foundation to support other women like her. Her experiences in life have given her an empathetic and non-judgemental acceptance of others.

"When I work with our women I understand them, because I have had a little bit of all of their experiences."

Noeleen is pictured at the top of this page

Meet Michelle

When her mum passed away when she was 11, Michelle was fortunate to be blessed with amazing siblings and dad who were always there for her. Now she spends a lot of her time with teenage girls, supporting them to become the best mums they can be.

"Some of them have been isolated from their own families due to having babies, some are really struggling with all the responsibilities that they have and some have really low self-confidence."

Michelle takes pride in watching and celebrating with the young mums as they make progress, becoming more confident in their parenting skills and making changes that are good for both them and their babies.

"I never judge a book by its cover, because I don't know what their situation is or what they have gone through."

Michelle is pictured above

Aimee Lew


Meet Aimee

With a huge love for her home, Aimee has big aspirations for South Auckland and herself.

"Most of us have roots somewhere else but we all have equal opportunity here. Just as there are stereotypes surrounding my culture, there are stereotypes about South Aucklanders. No one sees our good side. They only ever see 'Southside'."

While she was born in China, she great up in South Auckland and has memories of being told to "go back to your country" at primary school. Then in intermediate school, the comments changed to the less hateful but no less hurtful "Oh you are Asian, so you must be super smart, can you help me with my homework?"

"Rise above what ties you down. Don’t let anybody or anything place limits on you and what you can achieve."




Meet Marietta

“Marietta you’re just another statistic for the unemployment benefit. We are just teaching you to read and write so you can fill out the forms”.

How do you recover from being told something like that? At 15, Marietta dropped out of school and fulfilled the prophecy. She went on the benefit, had a daughter, and partied away her time. After two more kids arrive, she got more involved with preschool and discovered she enjoyed teaching. Her dreams of being a teacher were reignited and drowned out the negative words spoken into her life previously.

As she walked acrosss the stage to be capped for completing her degree, she thought about those who had told her she was too dumb, she would never amount to anything.

All images courtesy of Humans of South Auckland (HOSA)

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Frequently Asked Questions

Research shows that when you invest in women and girls, you invest in stronger, more stable families and communities. You raise a generation of healthier kids with brighter futures, and you lower the cost of everything from public safety to social services to healthcare.

As soon as you make a donation (no matter how big or small), you become a member of the Women's Fund.

As a member you get to learn about the breadth of issues that women face, and the organisations in the community that are dedicated to making a difference. You also get to be part of a community of generous women, be inspired and develop networks, and help make decisions on how grants are made.

No, we welcome members, male or female, at any time. The fund is a community, not a club. Anyone interested in supporting women and girls can join us.

You can tailor your involvment to fit your schedule and your budget. We're delighted to receive donations of any size, from one-off gifts to annual or monthly contributions.

Yes! Please let us know of great projects and organisations that are making a real difference in the lives of women and girls.

An annual summit, a range of fundraisers each year, meetings every other month, and a strong online community.

The amount you give is divided between the Future Fund and the annual giving programme. This means you get the satisfaction of contributing to a legacy to meet the challenges of the future, and also enjoy making a difference in lives of other women today.

We don’t know what the challenges of the future will be, but we want to be able to build a legacy for women through the generations. Income generated by the Future Fund will be reinvested, and as the total grows, grants will be made.

Yes! We welcome one-off gifts, or a gift in your will. You can give to the fund via payroll giving. You can also support our fundraising efforts and events, and help us spread the word about the Women’s Fund.

Being part of Auckland Foundation keeps our costs very low. We partner with major donors and businesses to meet specific project costs.

Auckland Foundation is the registered charitable entity behind the Women’s Fund. This means that Auckland Foundation takes care of most of the admin and compliance associated with being a grant making charity, and the Women’s Fund can focus on growing and making a difference through giving.

Both! We are developing a network of Women's Funds throughout the country and can facilitate national giving and Auckland-focused projects.