NZAM in the Community
As a passionate team of investment professionals with a commitment to protecting and growing client wealth, this ethos extends to the way we actively contribute back into our local community.
We support a range of charities and decisions about which organisations to support is motivated either by individual staff interests, or collectively as a firm. Any investment decision is based on those organisations that we believe deliver a significant social return on our philanthropy.
NZAM is proud to be associated with the following charities:
MOTOR NEURONE DISEASE ASSOCIATION
The Motor Neurone Disease Association is a boutique not-for-profit organisation that helps support people with motor neurone disease and their carers. The Association has professionals around the country providing information, advocacy and emotional support, as well as ensuring people gain access to the right health services at the right time.
Motor neurone disease is the name given to a group of diseases in which the nerve cells – neurones – controlling the muscles that enable us to move, speak, breathe and swallow, undergo degeneration and die. With no nerves to activate them, muscles gradually weaken and waste away, causing increasing loss of mobility in the limbs, and difficulties with speech, swallowing and breathing. The patterns of weakness vary from person to person.
The Association’s primary role is to provide a national service supporting people living with motor neurone disease. Both health professionals and the Association’s clients describe the service as valuable. More than 95% of people diagnosed with motor neurone disease are clients of the Association, testimony to the high quality of its services.
Funding the free-of-charge service, however, remains an on-going challenge. It receives a small Government contribution of $70,000 towards its modest operating budget of $500,000.
NZAM’s donation directly supports the seven fieldworkers the Association deploys to support families and individuals with Motor Neurone Disease.
Gastrointestinal Cancer is a disease that does not receive the publicity and support it should, given it is the most common cancer in New Zealand and the second most deadly, behind lung cancer.
GICI supports clinical research, focusing particularly on clinical trials. It also is working to increase the public profile of this disease. It is a determined charity devoted to addressing issues in this area of health, with the aim of making a real difference to the lives of many New Zealanders.
Gastro-intestinal cancer is the term used for the group of cancers that affect the digestive system. This includes cancers of the oesophagus, stomach, liver, gall bladder and bile duct, pancreas and bowel (the bowel includes the small intestine, large intestine or colon and rectum).
NZAM’s donation directly helps to fund clinical trials.
ONE TREE HILL COLLEGE – READING ENRICHMENT PROGRAMME
The Reading Enrichment Programme is part of the college literacy programme, designed to expressly develop students’ self-esteem and self-empowerment through reading. It has also been designed to enrich students’ knowledge and depth of reading, broaden their vocabulary and instil a love of reading.
Students complete a 17-week programme where they are exposed to an invaluable source of learning, with volunteer tutors relating their own life experiences and achievements.
At the completion of the course, the student will achieve, on average, a two year improvement in reading age, a huge increase in self-esteem and acquire a range of social values, including courtesy, self-discipline, punctuality and integrity.
The Reading Enrichment Programme does not receive any funding from the Department of Education for staff salaries. Each year it requires funding for a salary for one teacher to head the programme.
NZAM attends two graduation ceremonies per year at One Tree Hill College, where the students are required to read to an audience of about 120 people – a grand feat considering skill levels when they first start the programme. This is one of the most rewarding sponsorships in which NZAM participates.
THE PARENTING PLACE
The Parenting Place began in 1993, with Ian and Mary Grant’s dream to encourage and equip New Zealand parents with a broad range of skills. The Grants deliver their message with an inspiring and entertaining voice.
The organisation is now headed by CEO Bruce Pilbrow and reaches hundreds of thousands of families each year.
The Parenting Place is now the go-to place for all issues concerning parenting. As a charity, it is focused on a mission to positively impact families, while also striving to be commercially prudent.
It serves families through a wide range of programmes – Toolbox parenting groups, Hot Tips for communities, Hot Tips for businesses, Fathers’ Breakfasts, The Parenting Show with Pio, Pasifika Families, Parenting magazine, Family Coaches, Attitude Programmes for Schools, and the NYLD events for emerging leaders.
The Parenting Place is for families, whether they have babies, teenagers, or kids aged somewhere between.
NZAM’s support went towards Parenting Place’s annual fundraising.