Harcourts, through its charitable foundation, has raised $2,033,377 for charities across New Zealand, Australia and South Africa.
And the money has helped the lives of thousands, including those stricken by cataclysmic disasters such as the Christchurch earthquakes, the devastating 2011 Queensland floods and the Black Saturday bush fires.
The Harcourts Foundations was formed in 2008 as a way for the real estate group to be able to give back to its communities.
All the funds have been raised by dedicated Harcourts team members and clients through fundraising events, auctions, workplace giving, individual donations or “off the top” giving – a percentage calculated from each sales commission.
Harcourts NZ CEO Hayden Duncan says over $2m raised for charities in New Zealand, Australia and South Africa is a landmark achievement and evidence the group’s core values of “People first” and “Doing the right thing” are deeply entrenched in the Harcourts’ culture.
“At Harcourts we aim to change lives and help make dreams come true. The work of the Harcourts Foundation is a continuation of this,” Hayden says.
In total over 160 New Zealand charities have benefited. The most recent grants have included donations to Autism New Zealand in Canterbury and Hospice North Shore in Auckland.
Regular rounds of grants are made each year, with charities able to apply for funding through the Harcourts Foundation website www.harcourtsfoundation.com
The upcoming grant application deadlines are:
- 1 July – 31 October 2013
- 1 November – 31 January 2013
- 1 February – 30 April 2014