John Ilott Charitable Trust
About the John Ilott Charitable Trust
A small fund was established in 1960 by Wellington businessman and philanthropist, the late Sir John Ilott. It was substantially increased by his son and daughter, the late Mr J V (Jack) Ilott, and the late Mrs Suzanne McKellar. Now an incorporated philanthropic Charitable Trust, with a capital base of approximately $3 million, the Trust makes small annual grants, generally in the range of $1,000 - $2,000, up to a total of around $180,000.
After the death of Sir John in 1973, management of the Trust passed to his son, Jack Ilott, who ran the Trust virtually single-handedly for more than 25 years. A bachelor with no relatives in NZ, Jack reached an Agreement with the Rotary Club of Wellington (of which Sir John and Jack had both been Presidents) that after his  death, the Rotary Club President, President-Elect, and Immediate Past-President would serve as Ilott Trustees committed to implement the family’s vision.
This arrangement continues to this day, with the following 2019-2020 officer-bearers of the Rotary Club of Wellington currently serving as Ilott Trustees:
Denise Church- RCW President (Chair)
Marion Cowden - RCW Immediate Past-President
John McKinnon - RCW President-Elect
To minimise the potential discontinuity in governance caused by Trustees serving just one, three-year term, they are supported by an Advisory Committee of five senior Rotarians who may serve two, five-year terms. While the Trustees retain authority, the Advisory Committee investigates and makes recommendations to the Trustees on matters referred to it.
The Trustees have a duty to grow Trust capital to increase income available for philanthropic use. To this end, the Trust currently uses Craigs Investment Partners to actively manage the $3 million investment portfolio within guidelines set by the Trustees.
While advised by the Funds Manager and a skilled Treasurer (also a Rotarian), the Trustees are ultimately accountable for financial oversight.
The difference one grant can make This is an extract from an accountability report from Common Unity Project who received a John Ilott Charitable Trust grant in 2018. Please describe the benefits to your organisation and the community with respect to the grant received. The purpose of this grant was to contribute towards the part-time sal... Keep Reading
Awardee Progress Report Jack Ilott Second-chance Education Award 2018 The John Ilott Charitable Trust has sponsored the Jack Ilott Second-chance Education Award through New Horizons for Women Trust: Hine Kahukura for many years. A requirement of the award is for recipients to provide a progress report at the end of the year. Identif... Keep Reading
John Ilott 2018 Funding Round The 2018 funding round for the John Ilott Charitable Trust was open from 1-31 October 2018. During this time 142 applications were received from organisations across the country. Every one of these applications is read by each of the five members of the Advisory Committee. Elements taken into cons... Keep Reading
Renee Aroha Hayes is the 2017 recipient of the John Ilott Charitable Trust study award for second-chance education, presented at the New Horizons for Women Trust’s annual awards ceremony on 6 July. Christine Hurley represented the Rotary Club of Wellington in handing over the award and congratulating Renee, who is completing a Bachelor of... Keep Reading