The widespread devastation and heartache caused by Cyclone Gabrielle left the region of Hawke’s Bay, its communities and residents completely ravaged, with many struggling to rebuild. To help support the region’s unprecedented relief effort, Hawke’s Bay Foundation set up a special ‘Cyclone Relief Fund’ to funnel donations direct to overwhelmed welfare agencies on the ground, that need it most.
Within one week of donations streaming in, Hawke’s Bay Foundation’s specialist Distributions Committee approved and mobilised (under full consensus), the first round of funds to frontline charities on a ‘greatest needs’ basis. We have now supported 95 charitable organisations and groups working in the cyclone response space.
Hawke’s Bay Foundation and the Hawke’s Bay community have been so grateful for the generosity from our donors. No admin fee has been taken from the Cyclone Relief Fund, meaning every cent of this fund will be distributed to help cyclone recovery efforts.
Below is a list of the groups to receive funding to date.
Some distributions are the result of applications and decisions made by our Distribution Committe and some are donor directed donations to specific organisations or causes.