Cawthron offers opportunity to help develop science for a better NZ

The Cawthron Foundation is seeking additional trustees with the skills to drive the next stage of philanthropy.

The foundation, launched last year to help solve New Zealand’s leading environmental challenges, is aiming to raise donations, bequests, and endowments towards public-good science and for scholarships to support talented emerging scientists.

Its independent trust board is chaired by Dr Morgan Williams, chair of World Wide Fund for Nature in New Zealand and former Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment.

“All funding sourced by the Foundation helps Cawthron Institute deliver research into areas important to New Zealanders, and to support emerging New Zealand scientists,” he says.

Trustees get to play a part in developing science for a better world. The unpaid job requires a commitment of eight to 10 days a  year, including four board meetings and other working group or promotional engagements.

“We invite the people to express interest in becoming a Trustee on the Cawthron Foundation to ensure the issues that matter to us all are addressed – whether it’s having enough clean water to swim or drink, or ensuring healthy ecosystems for fish to thrive.”

The board has five trustees.

Dr Williams says they are looking for two more people with previous governance experience or an understanding of effective governance and strategy.

“We are particularly keen to hear from people who understand philanthropy and are passionate about the contribution it can make to society.”

The Cawthron Institute, New Zealand’s first science organisation, was established in 1919 after Nelson businessman Thomas Cawthron left the bulk of his fortune to establish a science institute in his name. It is New Zealand’s largest independent science organisation, employing 200 scientists and specialist staff.

Around 60 per cent of the institute’s revenue comes from private companies and organisations and 40 per cent from contestable Government grants.

Dr Williams says the Cawthron Foundation model is similar to that used by most major universities and other research institutes in New Zealand.



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