Vodafone Foundation Canterbury Fund

What’s it all about?

The Vodafone Foundation Canterbury Fund was established in partnership with the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust in 2011, to support the rebuilding of Christchurch and respond to quake related needs. The aim is to make a positive, long term difference within Christchurch communities and be agile and flexible as needs emerge. Supporting youth is a major theme of the fund.

The Fund to date has invested $2.67 million in Canterbury since the earthquakes and is a long term commitment to the rebuild.

Research

Research on the ground has informed our investment strategy in Christchurch.

  • Read our report exploring key issues facing Christchurch youth from June 2011 here
  • Read our report exploring key issues facing Christchurch youth from February 2013 here
  • Read our report exploring key issues facing Christchurch youth from March 2014 here

Canterbury Fund recipients

In 2013 grants in the areas of training, development and sabbaticals were awarded to leaders in youth sector organisations, to prevent leader burnout (our research on the ground highlighted this as a key issue). Partner organisations to receive funding included Agape; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Christchurch; Te Ora Hou Otautahi; Youth Alive Trust; and Youthline CSI. The investment in this funding round was $74,473.

In early 2015, a further $299,168 was invested across a range of projects, from supporting vulnerable young parents to find housing; to alternative education; to supporting young sex workers on the street of Christchurch. Organisations who received funding included 180 Degrees Trust; Agape; Kimihia Adventure Programme; St John of God Trust; Te Kupenga o Aranui (Aranui AE); Te Ora Hou Otautahi; YCD; and Youth Alive Trust.