Philanthropy for Education

The Trust’s objective with its philanthropic giving is to facilitate the improvement in educational quality and support initiatives to reduce inequality throughout the Aotearoa New Zealand school system.

The Trust’s philanthropic strategy is to focus on supporting initiatives in education that have the potential to positively impact on large numbers of young New Zealanders.

We believe that if our schools and young people thrive then our society thrives. Furthermore, all young people regardless of where they live or what their circumstances are entitled and should have access to a great education.

The Trust proactively identifies programmes and non-profit organisations that meet its philanthropic objective and is closed to unrequested enquiries or proposals for funding.

The specific areas of current Trust interest include programmes for:- strategic leadership for school principals; teacher recruitment and professional development; initiatives for fostering improvement and innovation in education; mentoring and support for secondary and tertiary students and resources for literacy, enterprise, resilience and online learning. The Trust also has a number of legacy relationships to which it makes grants and is additionally seeking ways and means to utilise the Trust’s unique Art Collection and Archives as learning resources for schools.

Current areas of philanthropic support

The Trust’s philanthropic support is currently directed into the following broad areas of education within the school system:

  1. Strategic leadership for school principals and school leadership teams.
  2. Teacher recruitment and teacher professional development.
  3. Improvement and innovation in education.
  4. Mentoring and support for secondary school and tertiary students and in the transition stages.
  5. Resources for literacy, enterprise, resilience and online learning.
  6. The development of the Trust’s Art Collection and Archives as learning resources.
  7. Legacy projects and relationships

Who we fund

Exemplars of the programmes and initiatives currently supported:

Strategic leadership for school principals and school leadership teams

Springboard Trust

We are a unique education change and impact organisation, bringing cross-sector experts together with school leaders to create effective strategic leadership for Aotearoa.
Teacher recruitment and teacher professional development

Ako Mātātupu: Teach First NZ

We provide an opportunity for outstanding people with a drive to help lead change, and a firm belief in the limitless potential of all young people, to make a commitment to addressing inequality.

University of Auckland, Faculty of Education and Social Work

Teacher Education in Schools Programme.
Improvement and innovation in education

The Education Hub

Our mission is to improve opportunities and outcomes for young people by bridging the gap between research and practice in education.
Resources for enterprise learning

Young Enterprise Trust

Our vision is to inspire students and unleash leaders for a prosperous Aotearoa. We aim to provide young people with opportunities to develop an entrepreneurial mindset, inspiring them to succeed in business, in their communities and in life.
Art Collection and Archives

Above left: William Hodges painting Dusky Bay 1773 (Fletcher Trust Collection)
Above right: Tasman Pulp & Paper, Kawerau 1981 (Fletcher Trust Archives)

The Trust is considering ways and means to provide access to schools, teachers and directly to students to share as learning resources the information within the Trust’s unique Art Collection and Archives. 

Legacy projects and relationships

Sir James Fletcher 1st Memorial Trust

The Kawerau based Trust was established in 1988 with funding assistance from Fletcher Challenge Trust to provide educational grants to the descendants of the Tuwharetoa residents at Onepu and Pahipoto landowners where the Tasman Pulp & Paper Company mill was established in the 1950’s. The Fletcher Trust currently provides grants for the Business Awards as recognition of both Sir James Fletcher I and Sir James Fletcher II association.

Fletcher House, Broad Bay, Dunedin

The house is the first building contract undertaken in partnership by James Fletcher in 1909 after emigrating from Scotland at Broad Bay, near Portobello on the Otago Peninsula. The house was the first fully restored and furnished villa in New Zealand and is maintained and operated by the Otago Peninsula Trust and owned and funded by the Fletcher Trust.

Fletcher Challenge connections

The Trust maintains the connections and provides grants to the Fletcher Challenge retiree Clubs and supports past employee reunions.

Proposals for Funding

Thank you for your interest in considering the Fletcher Trust. The Trust is currently unable to consider or accept unrequested enquiries or proposals for funding but instead proactively seeks out organisations with which to partner and support. The Trust remains very committed and involved in educational philanthropy but is concentrating on furthering relationships and partnerships it has already formed and will continue to identify of its own volition.


Source for Funding Information

There are three search tools within the Generosity NZ website – the
largest digital search facility for funding information in Aotearoa.

givUS lists resource schemes for communities, volunteer
organisations and clubs.

givME offers access to scholarships and grants for individuals.

givER connects businesses with community groups to achieve
positive social impacts.