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 capital of $75 million to continue the philanthropic legacy of her father Hugh Green. Since then Hugo has donated just over $6.5 million to 190 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, 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 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 Kākano Youth Arts Collective, RainbowYOUTH and a great many others.

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. For example, Hugo partnered with Orange Sky to fund New Zealand’s first mobile laundry service for the homeless. In addition to awarding education scholarships to five young people, Hugo sponsored three Dilworth School leavers to be tutors 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 thousands of young people are being supported through our donations to charities like Sistema Aotearoa, Kootuitui ki Papakura Trust, Teach First NZ, Graeme Dingle Foundation and Sir Peter Blake Trust.

We are also very committed to supporting our communities in times of crisis. The terrible attacks on two mosques in Christchurch on 15 March 2019 was such a time. To express our heartfelt sympathy and solidarity with those affected, particularly the New Zealand Muslim community, we made an immediate donation of $100,000 to two organisations who will be providing financial assistance to the victims and their families.

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

Mark Owens