The Dowse Foundation exists to provoke ambition and create opportunities. Our mission is to support a thriving centre of artistic excellence, which enriches local communities and the New Zealand arts environment as a whole.

As an independent charitable trust, we raise and manage funds that are distributed to support activities at The Dowse that transcend its core Council-funded priorities and create value for its communities.

Make a targeted donation, or support our general fund

You may wish to support a specific aspect of The Dowse’s work (e.g. The Major Art Fund, collection care, education projects) or make a contribution to our general fund, which Trustees administer to support ambitious projects.

You can see the kinds of projects dedicated and general funds have supported on the Outcomes of our Work page of this website.


By leaving a financial gift to The Dowse Foundation in your will your generosity will create opportunities and strengthen The Dowse’s ambitions well into the future.

You may wish to target your gift towards supporting a specific area of activity (such as collection care, publishing, or education programmes) or make a gift to The Dowse Foundation’s general fund for ambitious projects.

Gifts of artworks

Another option is to identify works of art from your collection that you wish to gift to The Dowse’s permanent collection, which will ensure they become a permanent part of New Zealand’s art history, and are available for people’s enjoyment far into the future.

Our director and curators are always happy to visit and discuss with you how works from your collection may complement The Dowse’s existing collection.

Tax credits

The Dowse Foundation is a registered charity. Donations over $5 are eligible for a tax credit equal to one third of your charitable donation. This effectively means that you can make a donation of, for example, $1000 and may receive a tax credit of up to $333.33.

Companies can also make a charitable donation and claim a tax deduction.

To make a donation

To discuss how we might work together, we warmly invite you to contact The Dowse Foundation’s Chair, Sandra Preston, for an initial conversation.

Sandra Preston
Chair, The Dowse Foundation

You can also deposit funds directly into The Dowse Foundation’s bank account:

The Dowse Foundation
Bank of New Zealand
020528 0162972 000

Please use the donor name as a reference for the deposit, and email The Dowse Foundation with details of the deposit, your name and contact details.