Welcome to ESF. We’re here to help you give efficiently and effectively to help save our over 6,500 endangered species.

We invest, protect and grow your gifts so that you can support your favourite endangered species for years to come. We are flexible and can make a Fund to accommodate your charitable and conservation needs.

Another attraction is that ESF is a registered charitable trust so tax benefits will accrue to donors.*
-Individuals will be able to claim a tax credit of one-third of their donation with a maximum credit not to exceed their gross income for the year in which a claim for the tax credit is made. There may also be ways to spread gifts over time to gain maximum tax benefits.
-Companies can receive a deduction for donations made to ESF. The deduction is limited to the amount that would be the company’s net income before taking into account the donation deduction.
* Please note that any tax implications should be discussed with your tax advisor. 

Please feel free to contact us to talk about your vision for saving New Zealand’s rarest of the rare and how you can begin making a difference. Everyone at ESF is passionate about this work and will be happy to answer any queries at all.

Types of Funds

For ESF to reach its objectives it needs funding.

The Trust Board has targeted raising an ENDOWMENT FUND of $30 million from individuals and corporates (in New Zealand and overseas) using known supporters and an Ambassadors network. The ENDOWMENT FUND investments are administered by a prominent fund manager, under the watchful eye of the Trust Board.

Once the target is reached the annual investment income should be in the vicinity of $1.5 million per year. A sustainable income such as this overcomes one of the largest problems in the conservation of endangered species: ongoing financial resources.

This on-going income from the ENDOWMENT FUND will be used to fund projects aimed at saving “the rarest of the rare” over the perpetual term of ESF.

The ESF trust deed gives the Trust Board a great degree of flexibility. 

The ENDOWMENT FUND enables all donors to band together and in combination make a valuable contribution to conservation.
ESF would like to help develop innovative schemes with donors, taking into account the amount of the donation/sponsorship and the interests of the donors’, such as specific species or regions.

It is anticipated that significant funding will be obtained from various New Zealand regions. Funds raised in Otago, for example, would be expected to be spent on saving endangered species in the Otago area.

ESF hopes to establish various REGIONAL FUNDS along the same lines as the ENDOWMENT FUND.

Donors can establish a NAMED FUND by donating at least $50,000 to their fund.

Donors can also establish a FUTURE NAMED FUND where, over time, by contributing over several years it becomes a full NAMED FUND.

Those who establish NAMED FUNDS have the option of having their Fund used as part of ESF’s general activities and where the income is distributed by the ESF Trustees where there is the most urgent need. Or it can be a stand-alone Fund with the donor being an advisory trustee during his or her lifetime and deciding which projects to support or indeed developing their own project.

ESF is delighted to have already been a beneficiary of such a Fund; The Pamela and Donald Paterson Conservation Fund which was established by a gift from Donald Paterson to be used in accordance with the wishes of himself and his late sister. 

Some donors may wish to lend ESF a capital sum (cash and/or investments) whereby the income is available for ESF’s work. Again, Donors may specify particular projects to support, or the income can be distributed by the ESF Trustees where there is the most urgent need.

The income on such funds would then be used for general or specific purposes, as with the Named  Funds, during the term of the loan, which will be repaid on an agreed maturity date. A donor has still retains the ability to gift all or part of the loan at any time and take advantage of the available tax credits.




The future of New Zealand's most vulnerable is uncertain

Nearly 4000 of our indigenous species are in danger of being lost

But we have a chance to pledge

Our commitment and support

To protect
our extraordinary

unique habitats

Now and into the future


Right here and now!

The Endangered Species
Foundation is a registered
charitable organisation.

We are committed to preserving our indigenous flora and fauna, by funding results-oriented projects with the support of New Zealanders like you.

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