Our history. Your history. Our future.

To tatou hītori, tou hītori to tatou heke mai
  • Rātā Foundation has invested in hundreds of organisations in our communities over the last three decades through our funding.

    Some milestones in our history…

    1962

    Canterbury Savings Bank established.

    1962
    - 1988

    Frank Dickson, first CEO of the Canterbury Savings Bank, leader and inspirer of the team which created over $300 million of funds The Canterbury Community Trust.

    1988

    The Canterbury Community Trust was established and in 1988 it received an annual dividend from TrustBank Canterbury which it distributed to not for profit organisations throughout its four funding regions of Canterbury, Nelson, Marlborough and the Chatham Islands.

    1989

    Made its first grants to the community - $0.9m.
    Christchurch Community House (CCH) established as a collaborative joint project between The Canterbury Community House and the Christchurch City Council to provide affordable office accommodation as a way of promoting a one-stop shop for social services in Christchurch.

    1997

    Made its first grants to the community - $0.9m.
    Christchurch Community House (CCH) established as a collaborative joint project between The Canterbury Community House and the Christchurch City Council to provide affordable office accommodation as a way of promoting a one-stop shop for social services in Christchurch.

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