David Ellison Charitable Trust

David Ellison was born and educated in England. He served in the Royal Artillery during active service in the Korean War. David graduated from Oxford with a degree in mathematics and started his teaching career at Cheltenham College, Gloucestershire. David Ellison later travelled to New Zealand in 1964 to a position at Wanganui Collegiate School where he taught maths and later become the Director of music.

David’s strong Christian faith inspired him to create the David Ellison Charitable Trust in blessing for his recovery from a stroke in 1995. Throughout David’s retirement, the Trust was the main focus of his life.

“We must promote peace by having fellowship with all people, of all countries and creeds”

- David Ellison

Purpose of the Trust

To pay and apply the income of the Trust fund for such charitable purposes in New Zealand or other Charitable causes worldwide through New Zealand charitable organisations in such manner and in such shares as the Members of the Advisory Board shall from time to time by resolution direct or appoint.

Trust's Mission Statement

To promote and advance charitable purposes in New Zealand, and to support other charitable causes worldwide through New Zealand charitable organisations.

To assist New Zealand charitable organisations to build strong, inclusive and supportive communities with a Christian focus, that:

  • Look after and improve children’s health, education and well-being both in New Zealand and overseas
  • Work to provide preventative education and support and improve the quality of life for families at risk within New Zealand
  • Maintain and improve the quality of life and health aid for families and poverty stricken communities
  • Through New Zealand charitable organisations - provide disaster relief and aid in crisis situations.

Through thoughtful and targeted grant making that either compliments other funding sources or, targets projects where alternative sources of funding are not available.

Grants will focus on supporting organisations and projects that address specific issues and needs relative to the Trust’s Mission Statement.

Expressions of interest

David Ellison Charitable Trust 2018 Grant Round will open again in March 2018.

All open grant applications are accessible here.