What the Foundation Does


Since 2001 we have been attracting private sector and corporate funding for conservation in New Zealand. We offer prudent fund management, transparency, assurance and accountability for those looking to invest private money in New Zealand’s natural heritage.

We do this by:

  • providing a donation platform for conservation projects so that these projects can connect with donors. 
  • giving charitable tax status to donated funds.
  • administering donations so that the conservation projects can get on with their job of saving species.
  • holding and investing donated monies, which are distributed to New Zealand based conservation projects that meet our investment criteria.
  • independently reporting on the outcomes achieved.

Our approach emphasises honesty and integrity, astute investment and financial accountability.

We manage funds strictly in accordance with our published Statement of Investment Priorities and Outcomes.

The Foundation’s services offer complete separation between philanthropic and private sector funding and the New Zealand Government’s expenditure on conservation.

We are reliant on the contributions of many donors to fund our vitally important work

Our donors range from large multi national and New Zealand corporates to schools, families and individuals.  We work closely with the Department of Conservation and other conservation operators to connect donors with these projects.  We help manage and administer the donations so that the project teams can get on with their conservation work.

The Foundation is an IRD authorized donee organization and you will receive a formal receipt for your donation in due course.   Thank you for your generosity.

Jewelled gecko

New Zealand status: Endemic (found only in New Zealand)
Population: Decreasing
Conservation status: At risk
Found in: Otago and Canterbury, on the southeast of the South Island

The jewelled gecko can be found in an area of over 50,000 square kilometres, but its distribution within this area is severely fragmented. Jewelled geckos are often targeted by wildlife smugglers.