The University of Waikato is very grateful to all donors who, through their generosity, are enabling the Foundation to provide support across the spectrum of all University activities.

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The University of Waikato Foundation | Te Pou Taunaki Foundation — who we are

The University of Waikato Foundation | Te Pou Taunaki Foundation is an independent charitable trust which administers donations to the University and distributes funds to chosen areas. 

The Foundation is part of the University's Development Office, which also looks after alumni relations. 

When you give to the University, you make a huge impact on the lives of the students who benefit from your generosity. 

We welcome and encourage donations from anyone with an active interest in Waikato University — including alumni, staff, students, stakeholders, businesses, and members of the community. 

Board of Trustees

Areas of greatest need

Every single dollar raised for the Foundation goes directly towards helping students achieve their potential and maximises the economic and social impact of the University.  

You can choose from a range of areas to support including scholarships, research, enriching the campus experience or our Endowment fund.

Other areas you can support

Ways to give back

You can donate through our secure online donation form or directly into the Foundation bank account via internet banking — please email us at The Foundation if you would like the account details. 

All donations are recorded by the University, though donors can choose to remain anonymous. All information collected at the time of donating will be kept safe and secure as per the University of Waikato Privacy Statement.

Talk to us to find out what option will best suit you. 


Establish a scholarship or prize

If you would like to establish a new scholarship or prize, email us to learn what opportunities are right for you. Before contacting us, please ensure you have read our guidelines.


Naming opportunities

Naming opportunities are available for individuals and organisations looking to help create positive change in our communities and make a lasting impact. Email The Foundation to learn what opportunities are right for you. 


Memorial gifts and bequests

A legacy gift is a way to continue to do good beyond your lifetime. Bequests can be financial or assets —stocks, shares, bonds, real estate, artwork or cultural collections. Email The Foundation if you would like to discuss this further.


Non-financial support

We are very grateful for non-financial support to help students, such as hosting interns through our Work Integrated Learning programme, donated products and services, or mentoring a student/s. There are many ways you can help. Email The Foundation to learn more.

Every gift counts – 2022

$844k in new pledges
140+ students received $553,000 in scholarships
$1.9m in total donations
-11.71% Endowment Fund portfolio performance
$689k new philanthropic scholarships and prizes established
$13m in managed funds
$1m gifts already pledged for 2023
66% of individual donors who are alumni