Kia hua mai he whenua ka toko i te tika me te pono hei korowai mō Aotearoa
The J R McKenzie Trust is a philanthropic family trust that has been grantmaking in Aotearoa New Zealand since 1940. Known for funding groups and initiatives that often struggle to get grants elsewhere, we distribute allocated funds through a variety of approaches and mechanisms to organisations that align with our vision of a socially just and inclusive Aotearoa New Zealand.
Our funding is made possible by dividends received each year from Rangatira Investments, a company established by Sir J R McKenzie in 1937, that pioneered private investment in New Zealand. Today it grows iconic New Zealand businesses utilising a co-investment model.
Please browse our website to learn more about us, what we fund and the people and organisations we support.
Applications are now closed.
Applications for Round 1 – 2020 will open on Dec 18 2019.
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A new report from J R McKenzie Trust & Centre for Social Impact
Neither Sir John nor Sir Roy McKenzie feared change. In fact, the evidence suggests that they were committed to pushing boundaries, exploring new paths and embracing different approaches. They were trailblazers in business and philanthropy and it’s from them both, that we at the J R McKenzie Trust take example.
This review has been developed to collate key trends and contemporary practices from philanthropic literature – with a focus on identifying emerging ideas, practices relevant to New Zealand’s bi-cultural context, and practices relevant to the J R McKenzie Trust’s size and identity as both a family foundation and innovative philanthropic leader. The review offers insights that are intended to support self-reflection and new-thinking as the J R McKenzie Trust engages in a journey of organisational review and planning.