Haere mai, céad míle fáilte and welcome to the Hugo Charitable Trust.

The Hugo Charitable Trust was established by Maryanne Green on 1 June 2017 with a base capital of $75 million to continue the philanthropic legacy of her father Hugh Green. Since then Hugo has donated over $5 million to more than one hundred great charities and causes. Because all of our overheads have been met by the Hugh Green Family Trust, of which Maryanne, Alice and I are the trustees, we have been able to do this while preserving all of our capital base to fund future years.

We have made large donations to established organisations such as the University of Auckland, Gillies McIndoe Research Institute, Auckland Medical Research Foundation and Auckland City Mission. Importantly, we have also been able to have a big impact on many smaller charities. We don’t do this by waiting in the office for applications to come in. Our donations team of Julia Hunter and Aoibheann Monaghan actively get out in the community and search out organisations that fly under the radar. This has led to donations to wonderful charities such as Sistema Aotearoa, the Argo Trust, Kākano, Upside Downs, Kootuitui ki Papakura Trust, Teach First NZ and a great many others.

As you will see in our report and on our website, our charitable purposes are wide-ranging. They include medical research, education, help to those with physical or mental health care needs, and support for social programmes to benefit the economically disadvantaged. This year Hugo partnered with Orange Sky to fund the first mobile laundry service in New Zealand for the homeless. Next year we have a number of great young people receiving scholarships to attend secondary schools they would otherwise be unable to access. We will also have three young graduates from Dilworth School tutoring at the Royal School of Dungannon in Ireland where they will help strengthen the ties between the two countries our patron Hugh Green loved so much. On top of that hundreds of children will be learning a musical instrument through our association with Sistema Aotearoa.

It is also likely that one of the scientists Hugo is funding will make a significant advancement in medicine and that families in our community will be assisted by our support for hospitals and clinics in New Zealand.

From the Trustees and the team at the Hugo Charitable Trust we hope you enjoy reading more about our trust and we would welcome any suggestions or referrals that you might like to make.

Mark Owens