New announcement. Learn more

The Jenkins Foundation

Providing the future

Our Areas of Focus

We’re on a mission to benefit our society

The Jenkins Foundation was created in 2020 to assist in funding a wide range of community focused initiatives that will provide long term benefits to our society.

Image representing global warming. Jenkins Foundation supports initiatives that reduce greenhouse gases in New Zealand.

Global Warming

Supporting initiatives that reduce greenhouse gases including a reduced reliance on hydrocarbons and other non renewable resources. Population growth and climate change are inextricably linked and therefore we support family planning services and full gender equity.

Image representing conservation. Jenkins Foundation supports initiatives that work towards protecting our environment in New Zealand.


Making New Zealand an even better place to live by protecting the environment and encouraging vegetation, afforestation, protection of our waterways, coastlines, pest eradication and the reintroduction of native bird species.

Image representing education. Jenkins Foundation targets assistance toward young New Zealand people and families.


Education provides the framework to ensure our efforts are sustainable. We will look at programmes that help Kiwis to understand our land, our people and our heritage. We will target assistance toward young people and families.

Image representing the arts. Jenkins Foundation supports the preservation of the arts and culture in New Zealand.

The Arts

Providing an opportunity for all to experience and enjoy art, literature, theatre and music. Experiencing art gives us a reason to look inward and reflect. Art is a history lesson, an historical record and the preservation of our culture.

Image representing our society. Jenkins Foundation helps to enable community groups to develop financial and management skills. New Zealand.

Our Society

Enabling people to develop financial management skills and to encourage involvement in Community groups. We hope to broaden our horizons so we can all contribute to our society.

Image representing public amenities. Jenkins Foundation supports the preservation of our New Zealand buildings and landscapes.

Public Amenities

We believe that many of our buildings and landscapes should be preserved and we encourage the responsible use of public facilities, our parks, walkways, forests and coastlines.

What We Fund

Projects must be community lead and controlled. Our preference is to provide money and resources for specific projects.

Meet Our Trustees

Get to know our team

Our founding partners Gloria, Mark and Margaret Jenkins have maintained an ethic of hard work, savings and giving to our communities. However, we feel it is time to scale our efforts in an impactful way. We believe that the skill set of the Trustees can be well used providing good governance and assistance to specific projects when required.

Images of Gloria Jenkins. Founding partner of the Jenkins Foundation. New Zealand

Gloria Jenkins

Gloria Jenkins ARCM LRCM studied piano, organ and singing in London at the Royal College of Music. She returned to NZ, leading several choirs and teaching music. Gloria and John, her husband, purchased a dairy farm in the mid 60’s and also built a successful pig breeding business. Gloria has continued to be widely involved in the community, including membership and support for Forest and Bird, Historic Places Trust, the Civic Trust and the Auckland War Memorial Museum Institute. Gloria is keen to encourage environmental awareness programmes and the conservation of our heritage.

Images of Margaret Jenkins. Founding partner of the Jenkins Foundation. New Zealand

Margaret Jenkins

Margaret Jenkins has worked for many years as a nurse, hospital administrator and business owner of a fashion boutique. Over the past 20 years, Margaret was a working business partner with her husband Mark in many ventures. Margaret has an ongoing interest in youth development and has mentored young women for the YWCA for 4 years.

Images of Mark Jenkins. Founding partner of the Jenkins Foundation. New Zealand

Mark Jenkins

Mark Jenkins has worked in the food, publishing and quick service restaurant categories. Mark, was formerly a Vice President of McDonald’s New Zealand with responsibility for Supply Chain and Marketing. Over the past 20 years, Margaret and Mark have owned and operated 3 successful McDonalds Restaurants. Mark is a member and past president of the Auckland Downtown Rotary Club and is currently a representative on the Auckland Ronald House Advisory Committee. Mark is interested in promoting the music, art and drama to future generations.

Image of Grant Helsby. Trustee of the Jenkins Foundation. New Zealand.

Grant Helsby

Grant Helsby B Com CA -initially worked for Coopers and Lybrand in NZ, Canada and the UK. Returning to NZ in the mid-eighties, Grant has been involved as a shareholder and director of a number of ventures including Rainbow Corporation, Hansells, Healtheries, Lanes Biscuits and MitoQ. Grant spent a number of years as treasurer of Parnell Cricket Club and 10 years as a Board of Trustee for Auckland Grammar School.

Image of Wayne Foster. Trustee of the Jenkins Foundation. New Zealand.

Wayne Foster

Wayne Foster was a member of the NZ Police Force, established a landscaping business, owned and operated three successful McDonald’s restaurants and continues to be actively involved in the property market as an investor and manager. Wayne, was appointed to the Board of the Auckland Ronald McDonald House and has been actively involved in the operational management and fund raising activities of this charity for many years.

Behind the scenes of our projects

For The Love Of Bees: Communities of Regenerative Learning Programme

Participants on our weekend of site visits and workshops in November 2023. In November 2023 For The Love Of Bees launched a long dreamed of programme called Communities of Regenerative Learning. ThisRead more

Trees For Survival 2023

This winter marked Trees for Survival's 32nd planting year and The Jenkins Foundation and New World Victoria Park are proud sponsors of the Trees for Survival programme, at both Freemans Bay andRead more

The Manawatawa Project

The Manawatawa project is a native tree restoration programme on hill country in Motukaraka on the Hokianga Harbour. The aim is to revegetate about 25 ha that forms the immediate catchment for aRead more

EnviroPAST: Plastic And Sustainability Talks Two Day Conference

EnviroPAST: Plastic And Sustainability Talks, is a two-day conference, aimed to educate, inspire, connect, and challenge rangatahi, connecting them with the leading sustainability experts.  YouthRead more

The Garden to Table Early Childhood Education Project

The Garden to Table food education programme was established in 2008 and is now in more than 270 primary and intermediate schools around Aotearoa New Zealand. Each week, across the country,Read more

Woven Earth 2022

"Woven Earth receives much needed support from the Jenkins Foundation to support the growing demand on their service. Through the generosity of the Jenkins Foundation we have been able to implement sRead more

Maintenance Pilot in the Whau Catchment, Te Atatu, Auckland 2022

At Sustainable Coastlines we believe we can't clean-up our oceans without cleaning-up the rivers that flow to them. One of our solutions to end ocean pollution is to restore freshwater ecosystemsRead more

2021 Shmak Kit Funding

In 2021 Sustainable Coastlines launched a new strategic direction for their Love Your Water restoration programme, based on a long-term, whole catchment approach. With a focus that goes beyond plantiRead more

Woven Earth 2021

Woven Earth turns empty houses into homes for those who have fled violence and are trying to rebuild their lives. We are a caring community of individuals and businesses passionate about doingRead more

Rotary National Science & Technology Forum 2021

Kia ora, my name is Te Rina Sinclair ( top left photo )and I’m a year 13 student at Auckland Girls’ Grammar School. These summer holidays I had the privilege of attending the annual Rotary NationRead more

Garden To Table

Established in 2008, the Garden to Table Trust is a registered charity working with thousands of primary- school-aged children all across New Zealand, helping them discover a love for fresh foodRead more

Plastic Pollution Education with Sustainable Coastlines

Sustainable Coastlines is a grassroots charity on a mission to enable people to look after the coastlines and waterways we all love. They deliver coastal clean-up events, educational programmes, publRead more