The Surf LIfe Saving New Zealand Foundation is a fundraising
area of Surf Life Saving New Zealand (SLSNZ), focused on building a
sustainable income stream to support surf lifesaving activities
nationwide over the long term. The Foundation is a separate legal
entity from SLSNZ with trustees appointed by the SLSNZ Board. The
Foundation will provide financial assistance to SLSNZ, its 74
member clubs and/or other SLSNZ entities to enable to carry out
surf lifesaving activities in New Zealand for the benefit of the
Surf Life Saving - 100 years of lifesaving
Members of Surf Life Saving clubs in NZ have been saving lives
on beaches across New Zealand for over 100 years, with over 100,000
rescues performed and not one person lost between the flags. You
can help ensure that we will be here for another 100 years saving
your children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, even after
you are no longer here.
In a world of many worthy causes - why support Surf
In terms of community impact, the value delivered through surf
lifesaving is hard to match. The impact of one drowning death on a
family and community can be devastating, so it's hard to comprehend
the consequences of hundreds of more drownings if lifeguards were
not on duty.
While numbers only tell a small part of that story, with the
Value of Statistical Life ('VOSL') at NZ$4.14 million (June 2016),
the cost to society if only 10% of the 1300 people rescued in a
typical year had drowned would be $538 million. If it was 20% the
cost would be close to $14.1 billion. Every year!
But the true value of family members returning home safely from
a day at the beach is priceless. You can be part of making that
For over 100 years, the surf lifesaving movement has survived
through the support of local communities. While it is an essential
public service it is not a funded one, instead relying on
volunteers own subscriptions, donations, and short term grant
funding to get by on a year by year basis.
In the 21st century this is no longer sustainable - running a
long term service organisation that needs significant ongoing
investment in people and equipment. Not knowing if the funding will
be around next year to keep operating is putting the furture of the
service at risk.
Surf Lifesaving is a network of volunteer run charities - not a
goverment funded emergency service that many mistakenly believe.
Every year over $35 million dollars needs to be raised to keep
lifeguards on beaches.
This is where the Foundation will make a difference - creating
long term secure income streams to make sure the funding support is
there to allow ordinary people to keep doing extraordinary
How you can support the Foundation
There are many ways you can help the Foundation and we aim to be
very flexible with the type of support people can
Types of support may include:
- Publically traded securities
- Bequests (planned giving)
- Real Estate
- Other income producing assets including art, jewellery, and
- A loan (of money or other assets to the Foundation enabling it
to earn tax free income. After a specified time the capital would
be returned to the lender.)
Need more information?
For more information please contact:
Matt Warren, SLSNZ Senior Executive
m | 027 475 7323
e | firstname.lastname@example.org