Make a life-changing investment

Pillars is a registered charity and currently over 70% of the funds needed to provide our programmes come through fundraising in the community such as philanthropic trusts, foundation grants, sponsorship, gifts and donations from events and fundraising initiatives. We have set a target to reach 500 children by 2020 and we are going to need partners wanting to make a strong community investment to help us achieve this goal.
When you invest in Pillars as a charity you are investing in research and evidence based programmes of support that impact some of the most vulnerable children in our community. Pillars programmes aim to make transformational and long term impact on these children's lives through the core programme which is a life changing gift of a mentor to be their stable and positive role model. The long-term nature of Pillars one-to-one mentoring relationships provides stability that is critically important for the vulnerable children we support. We ask our volunteer mentors to commit for a minimum of 12 months.
This is not an isolated effort, we are working to empower their parent/caregiver to make positive decisions for their care and wellbeing.  The outcomes Pillars measure from the programme show improvements in health and wellbeing, family relationships, participation in learning and positive community activities and living crime free lifestyles.  
The average cost of a mentoring match is $3,000 as outlined in our sponsorship proposal. Each gift of $3,000 enables us to match a child to a mentor for a minimum of a year.  We also need support to deliver the vital wrap-around support with their families and every dollar raised helps us do that.
To find out more about how to support Pillars go to our Givealittle page.
To find out how our donors are making an impact check out the stories we post each week on our Facebook page.

“All children deserve a positive future” – Miriama Kamo

Miriama coloured pic.

Pillars ambassador Miriama Kamo explains why children of prisoners not only need our support, but deserve to have the same opportunities to thrive as any other child sitting next to them at school. 

Check out Miriama's video message.


Charity partnerships

Pillars is proud to have loyal partnerships with community organisations and businesses who may donate to our fundraising effort but also provide goods and services in-kind to support our charity. This includes services to help us build our capability as an organisation.  We have limited volunteering opportunities for roles at Pillars available during peak periods such as Christmas,

If you would like to find out how you could help in this way, please contact us, we would love to work with you.

In return we provide a return on investment for you in terms of showing you how you are helping to make an impact and real stories you can share with your networks about your investment in Pillars.

We would like to acknowledge the following charity partners who have supported Pillars over the last year:

Association of Presbyterian Women, Christchurch - food hampers for families in need
Beulah Church - support of our Christchurch operations
Building Pillars Group - donating to our Christchurch mentoring service and loyal supporters of fundraising events
C3 Church - support of our South Auckland operations.
Deloitte - laptops
Inside Executive Recruitment Limited, Auckland - provides recruitment services and supports Pillars fundraising efforts
Intellium Limited, Auckland – provides communications technology and conference facilities and also supports Pillars fundraising effort
Mediaworks Foundation - Media partnership, Christmas appeal
Pillars Friends - support of marketing and fundraising projects
Pillars Mentors, Auckland - supports the annual fundraising auction
Peter Vegas -  advertising and marketing support
Redwood Hotel, Christchurch - event facilities
Repco Support Office, South Auckland - support of children's activities and events, providing product for fundraising
Shauna McClelland – employment relations support
Soroptomist International Christchurch - fundraising
The Bealey’s Speight's Ale House, Christchurch – fundraising events
USL Medical, Auckland - support of children's activities and events in South Auckland (also a member of Pillars Friends)

Max and teddy and girl
A child is overwhelmed with joy when receiving her donated Christmas gift at Pillars


Donations of activities and gifts for our children:

Protect self-defence & Property Tutors – donation and toys
Catherine Foster - toys
JustSpeak - Christmas collection/drive for our children
Salvation Army Manukau - Christmas presents
ANZ Bank CBD - Christmas presents
Keith Lawson – kitset chairs for mentors and mentees
Ivana Mlinac - Pumpkin Patch clothing
LEGO - lego sets
Kelly Tarltons – free passes
The Wangford family - books
Southern Stars - play tickets
Stardome Observatory and Planetarium - activities
Hoyts - movie - tickets
Auckland Zoo - tickets
Paradice Ice Skating - tickets
Lock n Load Paintball - tickets
Christian Espinoza, photographer
Wayne Trow, Universal Printers
AAG Outreach Programme, Auckland Gallery Iokapeta Magele-Suamasi and team – support with children’s art exhibition

Freemasons, Riccarton Lodge - Christmas presents
The Court Theatre - tickets
Canterbury Community Sailing Trust - Fun Day
KORE Hire - Fun Day
Christchurch City Council - pool passes
Alpine Ice - passes
Inflatable World - passes
Entertainment Book – Entertainment Book provided for mentoring activities
New Zealand Fire Service, Woolston Training Centre - Fun Day
Riccarton Youth Trust - school uniforms, camps, assessments, respite care, etc.
Blogg Charitable Trust - leadership activities for children on the mentoring programme
Variety Club - school uniforms, camps, assessments, respite care, etc.
JR McKenzie Trust - school uniform support


Fundraising ideas

Battle of Rebuild


Set a challenge!

Whether its going into the ring for charity, or seeing if you can go for a month without chocolate there are lots of ways to raise money for Pillars as your charity of choice.

Every $3,000 raised helps another child off our mentoring waiting list.

In 2015, nine business people from Christchurch chose to fight for Pillars in the Battle of the Rebuild, raising over $80,000 in events leading up to the big event and through auction proceeds on the night. They chose Pillars because they knew it was a trusted charity supporting local children who are the vulnerable of the vulnerable.

You can  make Pillars your charity of choice for your community or business event, conference or work party. A corporate partner added a charity component to their annual conference by asking attendees to donate goods for an auction over dinner.  They also had a fun fining system where they fined attendees for being late and other misdemeanors!

With great platforms like Givealittle it is easy to get your family, friends and networks to support your fundraising efforts.

Ways to give

You can donate to Pillars in the following ways: 

Bank deposit into our Pillars account: Westpac 03-0855-0436571-00 , please put your name as a reference and email us at with your contact details so that we can send you a receipt.

Contact details are here for posting donation or making a credit card donation direct to Pillars.

Online with a secure credit card facility - go to our Givealittle page

Sign up to be a regular donor, some of our donors donate the value of a coffee a day, or $20 per week and this makes a big difference over a year to the life of a child. You can choose weekly, fortnightly or monthly payments. Contact us and we will help you set up your payment plan.

Sponsor a child to have a mentor for a year - visit our Sponsorship page for more information.

Charity partnerships, leaving a legacy to charity and major community investments - Contact us for a chat about the options.


Pillars supporters


Pillars acknowledges the significant contribution made to the lives of the children and families we support by our valued donors and supporters:

Trusts and Donations
Alexander Harold Watson Charitable Trust
Anstiss-Garland Charitable Trust
ANZ New Zealand Staff Foundation
Benjamin and Jane Murray Trust
Big Boys Toys
Blogg Charitable Trust
BlueSky Community Trust Limited
CERT Your Local Gaming Trust Limited
Christchurch Casino Charitable Trust
Estate of Ernest Hyam Davis
Foundation North
Four Winds Foundation Limited
Infinity Foundation Limited
Jack & Marjorie Ferrier Charitable Trust No 2
John Ilott Charitable Trust
Kepa Foundation
Mainland Foundation
Maurice Carter Charitable Trust
New Zealand Charitable Trust
Pillars Friends
Pub Charity Limited
QPSANZ - Quaker Peace and Service Aotearoa/New Zealand
Rātā Foundation
Soroptomist International Christchurch
The Captain James Cook Charitable Foundation
The Catholic Caring Foundation
The Philip Brown Fund
The Sargood Bequest
The Trusts Community Foundation
The Working Together More Fund
Todd Foundation
Twigger Women's Refuge Endowment Fund
William Toomey Charitable Trust
Youthtown Inc

Government Grants
Christchurch City Council Strengthening Communities Fund
Community Organisation Grants Scheme - Christchurch
Community Organisation Grants Scheme - Auckland
New Zealand Lottery Grants Board
New Zealand Lottery Ministerial Fund