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Winds for change

For over a decade Four Winds Foundation has been consistently supporting First Foundation to change the futures of bright young people from lower socioeconomic areas. In particular, support from the Four Winds Foundation has helped our scholarships make an impact in South Auckland communities, where Four Winds has a special focus.


Parker Joyce of Four Winds Foundation says they chose to support First Foundation to change lives. According to Parker, it’s clear the programme helps young people develop themselves to be their best and make a big contribution to their communities once they graduate.

“First Foundation is a different type of organisation because it’s really bridging the gap from the later years of high school learning to take them on to university and then succeed in the adult world. So, it’s a longer-term project and it creates a longer-term impact,” says Parker.

“And the impact is very tangible — real qualifications, higher earning potential and much more. It benefits both the students and their community in later life.”

Funding that fills our sails

First Foundation is especially grateful to Four Winds because it helps to fund the operational costs of First Foundation, allowing us to do more and go further. It’s a contribution that amplifies and underpins everything we do, rather than being focused on a single individual. Parker says the Four Winds team enjoys knowing how much this approach is appreciated.

“We’re helping to provide and enrich a programme that all the scholars are actually going to enjoy, and as a result will help them reach their goals. And that’s really what it’s about.”

First Foundation’s chief executive, Kirk Sargent says he’s incredibly proud of the mahi that is achieved with Four Winds Foundation’s charitable grant.

“It means we can make more of a difference at First Foundation. Four Winds support is playing an important role in empowering capable students to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty, get an education for a higher paying career and become future role models.”