Our support for communities

The Rotary Club of Wellington has been, and continues to be, extensively involved in community and philanthropic activity in the Wellington Region.
Many of its members have become notable for their personal commitment to philanthropy and major contributions to the community.

These pages set out the details of the community activities, Charitable Trusts or philanthropic entities operated under the auspices of RCW. Follow the links for further information on each fund.

  • The Wellington Rotary Charitable Trust was established by the Rotary Club of Wellington in 1984 to support worthy causes in the Wellington community – Wellington City, Hutt Valley and Porirua Basin - and to enable Rotarians to contribute financially to these causes through a lifetime gift or through a bequest in their will.
  • The John Ilott Charitable Trust was established in 1960 by Wellington businessman and philanthropist Sir John Ilott.  The Trust is administered by the Rotary Club of Wellington and distributes approximate $160,000 annually to applications fitting the criteria according to the Trust Deed.
  • The Knowles Salmon Bequest was established in 2012, and is the result of a Knowles family decision to dissolve the C W Salmon Trust, and combine some of the capital with the Bernie Knowles Bequest.  The main purpose of this combined fund is supporting the elderly.
  • The JR McKenzie Youth Education Fund makes small grants to individuals and families for children's school uniforms for families where there is difficulty in meeting these basic costs. The Rotary Club of Wellington
  • The Skilled Migrant Programme was established in 2005.  It is a twice-yearly intensive programme which helps participants to develop appropriate communications skills in professional workplaces. It is for those with a Bachelors Degree or better, whose first language is not English. 
  • FoRAS: A Memorandum of Understanding between Refugees as Survivors (RAS) and RCW in 2014 established Friends of Refugees as Survivors (FoRAS) and also a relationship whereby RCW could provide support and professional development for key people in RAS.
  • Rotary Club of Wellington Akina Social Enterprise Awards
  • Eureka!

Our funds are directed to community organisations and projects as determined by the Club Board of Directors within the scope of the current Strategic Direction rather than by accepting ad hoc applications from the public.



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