The Foundation isn’t just the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff. We provide research grants to leading-edge research into injury prevention and also promote for safe play for all New Zealand rugby players.
We champion safety in the game we love, so when a player even steps on to a pitch, we know that they will be playing and refereed in a way that ensures safety and is backed by peer reviewed and published research.
We partner with education institutions (Auckland University and AUT) on ground-breaking research to enable better concussion management and support New Zealand Rugby and ACC, to encourage fewer rugby injuries through prevention, awareness and education.
The financial repercussions of catastrophic injury are far-reaching. Earning power is diminished, if not demolished altogether.
The Rugby Foundation only covers costs that ACC cannot.
In 1987, The Foundation received a generous one million dollar donation from Goodman Fielder Watties on the provisio that the grant would never be deleted. New Zealand Rugby (then NZRFU) donated a further one million dollars in 2000, again with the caveat that only the interest would be drawn upon.
Today we operate a strong strategic directive to future-proof The Foundation by continuing to grow the capital fund and operate only off it's investment interest and dividends. We are responsible stewards of our capital fund and with advice from JB Were manage those finances diligently and with sustainably. Year end 2021 fund value was $6.2m.
New Zealand Rugby provides us an annual grant to assist with operational costs, and we rely on community and gaming funding, event fundraising, and supporter donations to provide support for injured player needs and project delivery.
In 2022, we launched an exciting fundraising platform named The Pettigrew Giving Circle aimed at increasing impact through collaborative donorgiving.
We appreciate every dollar gifted to the Foundation and, as a lean operation, strive to make that money count.We are proud of our strategic approach to carefully growing the Foundation’s investments.