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It's 125 years since women gained the hard-won right to vote in New Zealand, leading the world and profoundly transforming the role of women in our country.

Members of the Women's Fund want to celebrate the social change-makers of today - girls and women who have stood up and are making a difference in the lives of others.

What is the Women's Fund?

The Women's Fund is a community of generous people who want to harness women's power to make change happen.

Women are naturally connected, collaborative and generous. Their world is often centred around family and community. They want to help others to nurture, to make things better, fairer and more just. Their ability to make change happen for their family and community is powerful.

To celebrate the spirit of our original suffragists, and to mark the 125th anniversary of women's suffrage in New Zealand, we'll be making our first ever awards.

How to nominate

What's up for grabs?

Two things!

The first is an invitation to a Retreat Day - a day of reflection and inspiration with some fantastic speakers.

The second is a small award to add fuel to the great work you're doing.

Women's Fund Retreat Day, Sunday 16 September

We know that hardworking change makers often don't get time to step back and reflect. Juggling many balls, while you can see the benefit of what you're doing, you wish you could achieve more.

This Retreat Day is designed to give you inspiration, motivation - and a reminder that you're doing incredible work. And, importantly, it's an opportunity to connect with other women and girls who are doing similar things.

The day will include skill building, reflection on goals and challenges, and tools to grow and nurture your leadership. Each successful applicant will be able to bring an additional person with them - someone who works alongside and supports them.


At the end of the Retreat Day we'll be announcing the first Women's Fund awards, with the recipients chosen from the day's attendees.

As we're still a fledgling funding organisation, sadly we can't give an award to everyone attending. But the members of the Women's Fund will choose up to 10 recipients - and we'll also have someone special to announce and present these awards.

Making a nomination.

How do I nominate someone, or apply myself?

We will be accepting nominations between Monday 16 July and Friday 10 August 2018.

We've tried to keep the process as simple as possible - we know you're extremely busy people!

1. First you will need to complete a quick survey to help us confirm you or your nominee's eligibility for the Retreat and Awards.

2. If you are eligible to be considered, we will contact you and ask you to prepare a short video about your work or project.

3. The video will then be shared with the members of the Women's Fund so the they can decide on where the awards will go.

4. On or around 20 August, all eligible nominees will hear if they have been successful with a place at the Retreat Day.

5. At the end of the Retreat Day, the award winners will be announced.



What about the video?

Keep it simple.

We're not looking for broadcast quality here! Just a quick video using your phone or computer will be more than enough - the important thing is that we get an understanding of your work, and of course your passion.


Some things to remember:

1. Introduce yourself - your name, and your project.

2. Tell us about why you got started with this project.

3. What outcome or outcomes are you hoping to achieve for the women/girls involved?

4. How would you use the $2,000 award in your work?

5. What are you most proud of to-date in the work you've been doing?

6. Finally, share a piece of great advice you've received or learned in life.

Who can be nominated or apply?

These awards are for those who identify as a woman or girl, living in Auckland.

  • Your work to improve lives and make change happen will be aimed at addressing the needs of families, or women and girls who face disadvantage and gender-based inequality, in Auckland.

  • You will be a leader - the champion or person who makes things happen.

  • You won't be running a big or well-funded charity or project.

  • You will be Auckland-based, although your work can reach beyond the city limits.

  • What you're doing can be described as charitable activity, i.e. you don't make a profit from it.





What happens if I'm successful?

You'll receive an invitation to attend the Retreat Day with a friend. 

In return, we ask that you work with us as follows:

  • Share your story so we that can celebrate it.

  • Be prepared to be photographed, and provide a quote for the media.

  • Answer questions about the benefits of attending the Retreat and/or receiving an award.

  • Acknowledge the Women's Fund in any related communcations that you might do (such as a newsletter).

  • Actively contribute at the Retreat Day, and connect with the other attendees.

Make a nomination


If you have any questions about the nomination process, or about the Retreat Day and Awards, please contact us.

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