The Trusts million dollar fund is back again

The Well Foundation received more than $100,000 from The Trusts $1m fund which went towards a mobile dental health clinic.
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The Well Foundation received more than $100,000 from The Trusts $1m fund which went towards a mobile dental health clinic.

 West Auckland charities are being encouraged to apply for a share of a $1 million fund.

Nominees for the second allocation of The Trusts Million Dollar Mission will begin on October 2, and run until December 2.

The first Million Dollar Mission was launched by The Trusts - the Portage and Waitakere licensing trusts - last year after criticism of the liquor seller's record of giving back.

CEO of The Trusts Simon Wickham said groups that participate in the funding process also raise their profiles in the ...
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CEO of The Trusts Simon Wickham said groups that participate in the funding process also raise their profiles in the community.

The Trusts had previously disbursed about $1m annually but about half of that amount was spent on free toolkits and smoke alarms, with about $500,000 for community groups.

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CEO of the Well Foundation Andrew Young said charities and groups in need of funding should begin preparing their applications.

Well Foundation chief executive Andrew Young said west Auckland groups should start preparing their applications.
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Well Foundation chief executive Andrew Young said west Auckland groups should start preparing their applications.

The Well Foundation, the Waitemata District Health Board's official fundraising body, received $116,010 from The Trusts' $1m fund this year.

It went towards a third mobile dental clinic for west Auckland, North Shore and Rodney areas, giving nurses the ability to treat patients on the spot and provide major oral health solutions.

"Recently, four children who had missed 22 appointments between them were brought to our attention," Young said.

The Trusts have a monopoly on retail alcohol sales in west Auckland.
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The Trusts have a monopoly on retail alcohol sales in west Auckland.

"None of the children had been seen by a dental team and the youngest, aged eight, had his first dental experience under general anaesthetic, having to have eight of his teeth extracted due to various levels of decay," he said.

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The mobile health clinic would see families like this benefit from earlier intervention on-site at their pre-school or school," Young said.

The Well Foundation was one of 30 charitable organisations that received cash from the west Auckland trusts.

The Trusts also operates bars and taverns in west Auckland including The Hangar.
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The Trusts also operates bars and taverns in west Auckland including The Hangar.

Trusts chief executive Simon Wickham said in addition to helping them complete projects, participating in the funding process raised the profile of the 30 charities.

"What makes this funding initiative different is the way it brings the community into the decision making process - they decide how the money is allocated," Wickham said.

Schools and groups have said that asking those struggling with 'charity fatigue' for votes instead of cash was a welcome relief from the burden of traditional fundraising, he said.

"The increased public awareness that the public voting process brings to each organisation will make it easier for them to secure funding in the future."

The Waitakere Licensing Trusts revenue was $64m for the year ended March 2016. It recorded a gross profit of $19.7m and profit after tax of $2.78m. It had retained earnings of $32.5m in the year ending March 2016. 

The Portage Licensing Trust had gross profit of $11.4m and profit after tax of $1.5m for the year ended March 2016 and retained earnings of $16.4m. The Trusts had $15.7m in cash, Wickham said in October last year.

The public voting stage will begin on March 1, 2018.

Visit https://www.milliondollarmission.co.nz for more information. 

 - Stuff

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