Frequently asked questions.

Why support women and girls?

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.

How do I become a member?

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

What are the benefits of joining the Waikato 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.

Do potential members need to be “invited” to join?

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.

What is the minimum commitment needed?

You can tailor your involvement 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.

Can I suggest a potential project to be considered for funding by the Waikato Women’s Fund?

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

How is my donation used?

The amount you give is both invested for the future and distributed annually. We are proudly powered by Momentum Waikato who help us manage our funds for today and tomorrow. 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.

Are there other ways to give, other than through the membership funds?

Yes! While we welcome one-off and regular gifts, you can also choose to make a bequest in your will. You can also support our fundraising efforts and events, and help us spread the word about the Waikato Women’s Fund. Don’t forget that payroll giving is a great way to give regularly and you immediately receive a tax credit.

How is the operational cost of the Waikato Women’s Fund met?

Being part of Momentum Waikato keeps our costs very low. Momentum Waikato provides a fee-free investment service. We partner with major donors and businesses to meet specific project costs and our steering group members volunteer their time and expertise.

What is the relationship between Momentum Waikato and the Waikato Women’s Fund?

Momentum Waikato is the registered charitable entity behind the Waikato Women’s Fund. This means that Momentum Waikato manages the investment of the fund and reporting on fund returns, and carries out the admin and compliance associated with being a grant making charity, so the Waikato Women’s Fund can focus on growing and making a difference through giving.

Are you Waikato focused, or national?

We are Waikato based and Waikato focused, and firmly committed to improving outcomes for women and girls here in our region.

Where do you distribute your grants?

The Waikato Women's Fund focus our grantmaking on projects and initiatives for women and girls in the Greater Waikato region; including the local authorities of Hamilton City, Hauraki District, Thames-Coromandel District, Matamata-Piako District, Otorohanga District, South Waikato District, Waikato District, Waipa District, and Waitomo District.

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