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About Us

Rātā Foundation, formerly The Canterbury Community Trust, established in 1988, led by a board of 12 trustees who bring leadership and expertise across a wide range of disciplines.

As the South Island’s largest philanthropic funder, Rātā Foundation receives no income from other funders or gaming machines making it unique and independent in the region’s philanthropic community.

Over the last three decades we have assisted hundreds of organisations through grants totalling over $434 million to help communities in need.  This equates across our four funding regions - $333 million in Canterbury, $66 million in Nelson, $33 million in Marlborough and $0.5 million in the Chatham Islands.

Today we are guardians of a $585 plus million endowment or putea, making around $20 million in grants  per annum.

To find out more, read our news, or check out how we fund and past grants.  Also take a look at our community stories.


Over the last three decades we have assisted hundreds of organisations through our funding. Click here to read more about our history.

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Identity Evolution

We changed our name to Rātā Foundation in 2015. Click here to read more about our identity evolution.

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Click here to find more about some of our collaborative partnerships.

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Special Fund

2013 was a milestone year. The $25 million fund was created to support our regions through the devastating earthquakes.

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Treaty of Waitangi and Māori Strategy

We want to work with Māori in a way that is consistent with the Principles of the Treaty of Waitangi of partnership, protection and participation.

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