Donating to the University of Waikato

There are many ways to support the work of the University and make an important contribution - by giving a cash donation, making a bequest or an endowment, providing sponsorship, or gifting other assets. You can make an unrestricted gift to be used for the general purposes of the University, or alternatively you may want to designate your gift to support an area of particular interest to you, your family or business, or to initiate a new project. You may wish to honour someone special - a family member or someone who has made an outstanding contribution in their chosen field. Whichever option you choose, you will be helping to take new ideas to the world. Tax changes, which came into effect in April 2008, have provided positive incentives for philanthropic donations by both individuals and companies.

Cash donations

Every gift makes a difference
  • Make a one-off donation or contribute by direct debit at intervals of your choice
  • Donate to the project of your choice
  • Or contribute to the University’s highest funding priorities.

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There are many opportunities for corporate, trust and individual sponsorships throughout the University. You may wish to consider sponsorship of a capital project, research project, scholarship or prize, or one of a range of educational, cultural and sporting events which occur each year.


An endowment is another way to make a significant and lasting gift to the University of Waikato. The capital gifted is invested in perpetuity and only the interest is used.

You may wish to consider endowing a Professorial Chair in an area of interest to you or your organisation. A University Chair serves as a focal point for attracting research talent from around New Zealand and internationally. By endowing a Chair, you will be facilitating the sustainable development of a cluster of excellence in a particular discipline or subject area, which in turn attracts further research funding.

Alternatively, you may decide to give the University a level of flexibility in how it uses the interest generated. We encourage you to contact the Foundation so that we can work together on the best option for you.


You can support the University of Waikato by making provision in your will. If you are planning to leave a bequest or legacy to the University:
  • General or unrestricted bequests allow the University to apply the funds to areas of greatest need and give flexibility to respond to changing priorities
  • Or you can nominate a specific school or department, area of research or special project.

If you are considering making provision for the University in your will, please contact the Foundation. We will work with you on the bequest options that best suit your requirements. We also recommend that you consult your legal adviser. If you are planning to include the University of Waikato in your will, please let us know so that we can express our appreciation and acknowledge your gift during your lifetime.

Gifts of other assets

You may wish to name the University as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy. In this way you can leave a legacy to the University for the cost of monthly insurance premiums.

Gifts of stocks, shares, bonds or real estate may represent an appreciating investment, providing important resources for the University to achieve its mission. The University also appreciates gifts of significant artworks, musical instruments or cultural collections, which are relevant to our areas of scholarship. 

Payroll giving

Receive an immediate 1/3 tax rebate

Payroll Giving is a 'give-as-you-earn' scheme that allows you to donate directly from your pay and receive 33.33% tax back immediately.  It is a voluntary scheme for both employers and employees. Payroll Giving is efficient, simple and rewarding for all involved. The main benefit is the immediate tax rebate, ending the need to make an annual claim on those charitable donations.  On a donation of $20 your immediate tax rebate is $6.67 - thanks IRD!

The University of Waikato Foundation is an approved IRD donee organisation for the purpose of Payroll Giving.

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