Over $30m


At the Hugh Green Foundation, we are a big believer in building long-term resilient partnerships with the organisations we fund. Rather than supporting many and multiple causes the approach is about focussing our giving where it matters most to achieve greater results.

Through deeper, high trust relationships we look to work on projects that will leave a legacy within the organisations we support. This approach means we can work alongside grantees in a collaborative way to ensure we stay nimble and relevant, adapting funding and projects as issues and needs emerge. Based on this model we are hugely proud of the organisations we have provided $10 million in funding since the foundation was established over 20 years ago. Over that time, with our support, our grantees have done some truly great things from setting up world first brain research hubs to clearing pathways for young South Aucklanders for a better education. At the heart of it all is the importance of family and communities, two fundamental drivers for both the foundation and the man it was named after - Hugh Green.

Medical research + innovation

The Centre for Brain Research - University of Auckland

The Centre for Brain Research is located within the University of Auckland and is New Zealand's largest provider of medical and biomedical research. It is internationally recognized for its neuroscience research. The Centre brings together over 70 research groups from across the University, primarily from the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences and the Faculty of Science but also from other fields. Our neuroscientists boast world-class expertise in key areas such as neurodegeneration, neurogenesis, neuroprotection, neuroplasticity, regeneration, and recovery. We have recently made a commitment to pledge $16.5m to The Centre for Brain Research.

Over the last seven years, CBR has established a world-leading Biobank. This has systematically developed cutting-edge techniques to routinely grow, study and test drugs on a range of cultured human brain cells in the lab.

The CBR end vision is to: "build on our initial success and develop the Biobank into an innovative brain drug discovery and testing facility, uniquely placed to identify drug targets and molecules for treating human brain disorders".

University of Auckland School of Medicine Foundation

This is one of The Hugh Green’s Foundations newest partnerships, this is the first year of funding and the largest grant the Foundation has done to date. Specifically, this is for a chair, Professor Benedikt Fischer in the Centre for Addiction Studies. The Hugh Green Foundation will be partnering with the University of Auckland on this project for five years. Giving $1,000,000 per annum. Addiction services in the community are struggling to cope with the need and there is lack of real headway in tackling these issues and understanding the grassroot causes of the addictions. This was a conscious decision by the Hugh Green Foundation to invest in a research body that can get real understanding of the issues in New Zealand and combining that with Professors Benedikt Fischer’s overseas knowledge to be able to credibly advise on possible solutions and changes that could be implemented. Adrienne Thurston the CEO of The Hugh Green Foundation got the opportunity to sit in on the interviews for the chair, she is confident along with the rest of the panel that the chosen candidate was outstanding.

Cure kids

Hugh Green Foundation this year started a three-year funding partnership with Cure Kids. This new programme is funding a Swedish Professor Dr Anneke Winbo and her research is aimed at looking into New Zealand children living with cardiac inherited diseases and figuring out ways to assess risk factors and potential treatments related to LQTS genotypes, without putting the patients at risk.

Hugh Green Foundation has now funded three different projects at Cure Kids since 2015. The aim for this new partnership with Cure Kids is to ultimately hope the findings from current research may inform clinical management of New Zealand families with inherited cardiac disorders.

Malaghan Institute

Kylie Price: Kylie has been funded by HGF for 11 years now. She has built up a huge profile within Flow Cytometry in that time. HGF recently made a new commitment of ~$7.1m to the Malaghan Institute to allow for funding into their current Covid-19 vaccine program.

Flow Cytometry Core: Hugh Green Foundation has funded not just Kylie but operational costs for the core and new innovative technologies that have made the centre one of the best in the Southern Hemisphere. Hugh Green Foundation continues to fund new and innovative technology at the request of Malaghan.

The Hugh Green Foundation works very closely with Malaghan Institute and has built a very close relationship with them over the 9 years of working together. Hugh Green Foundation made a significant donation to Malaghan Institute of $1,090,000 over a five-year time period.

Education equity

Takanini School

The Hugh Green Foundation has been working very closely with this school to trial different ways and systems that allow teachers to teach and children to learn. Teacher Aides in Senior classes, Community Engagement focus, Professional Development for teachers. Hugh Green Foundation has been funding Takanini School in a smaller way since 2009.

The relationship has increased significantly over the last two years with the new principal approaching HGF to advise how dire the situation at the school is. There is now a collaborative approach with Springboard Trust whom the Hugh Green Foundation also supports and works closely with.

Springboard Trust

Hugh Green Foundation has a partnership funding agreement with Springboard Trust. This relationship has been going since 2009. Springboard Trust have three core project areas; and are currently developing some more targeted leadership training models.

Springboard's aim is to tailor professional development for educational leadership. We focus on the individual strategic leadership needs of the principal, leadership team and school. Hugh Green Foundation have been along to many leadership training seminars and have worked alongside Springboard in Takanini over the past two years.

Great Potentials

Hugh Green Foundation will be giving Great Potentials a total of $1050,000 over the next four years for two different projects which is the Great Potentials head office and Takanini & Papakura’s family centre. This grant was given as a token of our long and strong relationship with Great Potentials to be used at their discretion to cover costs of running their Head Office. This was renewed last year when a new CEO was appointed on conditions a strategic direction was drafted for the organisation and Hugh Green Foundation be party to direction and changes. Secondly the Family Service Centre after government funding was taken away from the centres Hugh Green Foundation stepped in to support some of their vital services.

Marcellin College

Marcellin is a Decile 3 Marist Brothers School. They have been funded for smaller projects over a few years including scholarships for individual students, ICT equipment. This year they needed a van to transport school teams around Auckland. The relationship is based around Hugh Green Foundations assistance of St Pauls another Marist Brothers school and our support of other Marist initiatives.

Youth Connections

Hugh Green Foundation has funded the Youth Connections Papakura initiative for the past three years. Youth Connections is an Auckland wide initiative that operates within local board areas. This essentially is to try and make an impact on the Youth unemployment in Papakura, they help the youth in the community and try and create opportunities for them such as assisting with Drivers License. Youth Connections helps with simple yet effective stepping stones like a drivers licence which help youth to get a job.

Health equity

Huntington’s Association

Huntington’s Association offers practical support to individuals and families affected by Huntington’s. This is a genetic disorder with a very high chance of being passed down to children, this has created generations of poverty in the community as those affected are unable to work and need significant care. The Hugh Green Foundations funding allows for a community worker to offer face to face support and guidance to these families.

Sweet Louise

Hugh Green Foundation has been funding Sweet Louise for five years now, they offer practical assistance to women who have terminal breast cancer and their families. They are always guided by the needs of the woman and families that they serve and adjust their needs when suited.


Race4Life provides ‘wishes’ to terminally ill patients. This organisation has a practical approach which is very beneficial to families they serve. They provide families with the chance to have a happy experience together with their loved ones in the last stages of their life.

Diabetes NZ Auckland Branch

Diabetes raise awareness of and offer support and services to those living with diabetes in Auckland. They hold youth camps for children to meet others living with the same illnesses and this gives them a support network.

Mercy Ships

This organisation provides medical relief to some of the worlds most isolated and disadvantaged communities. Simple Medicare care and surgeries that are very common in New Zealand are not available to them which means these small disabilities can turn into life threating disabilities. This is a new organisation that the Hugh Green Foundation started supporting this year.

Star Jam

Star jam believes that they can help young people with disabilities face barriers in their life.

Through music and performance workshops StarJam reaches many young New Zealanders and provides opportunities for them to explore their talents, gain new skills and build confidence to do new things.

Blind Low Vision NZ

Hugh Green Foundation funds the Blind Low Vision NZ recreation camps giving young people who are blind or have low vision (age 8 – 14) the opportunity to meet others going through similar experiences and build confidence by tackling challenges such as high ropes, tandem-biking, kayaking and more. The recreation camp is one way Blind Low Vision NZ offers peer-to-peer support services. Bonds formed by the children can turn into life-long friendships.

Blind Low Vision NZ provides Kiwis who are blind or have low vision with the practical and emotional support to do the things they need and want to do. Across New Zealand, they meet people in their homes or local Blind Low Vision NZ offices to provide them with personalised vision rehabilitation services. As well as supporting individuals, Blind Low Vision NZ seek to make big-picture change by advocating for inclusive communities and for optimal eye care services for all New Zealanders.

Rodney Aphasia

Hugh Green Foundation fund Rodney Aphasia members and their carers to attend educational courses at AUT throughout the year that aim to improve their care and mobility. Hugh Green Foundation has been funding Rodney Aphasia since 2012.

Reducing poverty

City Mission

Hugh Green Foundation is helping to fund the rebuild of their site which has been in the planning for the last ten years. The plans have now been drawn up and the rebuild is confirmed and is projected to begin at the start of 2019. The new site is going to include a community café, commercial kitchen, community hub, 80 apartments and plenty more. Hugh and John Green were both involved in these starting conversations ten years ago and Hugh Green expressed an interest in this idea. Therefore the Hugh Green Foundation will be giving a large donation of $3,000,000 over a five year time period to the City Mission.

Feed the Need

Hugh Green Foundation funds the ‘Winter Boost’ programme that Feed the Need run. This is three hot meals per week into low decile schools in South Auckland. This year Feed the Need are changing this programme and looking to set up ‘School pantries’. This will involve having stock at each school where lunch can made for children who need and want it. But will also provide for families who are struggling as needed. The Hugh Green Foundation has given them $250,000 towards this programme.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity partners with people of goodwill and families in severe housing and social need to provide safe, healthy, affordable and sustainable housing. HGF has funded two new restores within Auckland and two restores in Henderson and Pukekohe. The restores sell quality new and second-hand goods. They exist as a key funding stream for our ongoing work in Auckland. They also provide key visibility within the local community and serve as a point of reference for information for the public.