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.

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.

Conservation

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.

Education

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

September 7, 2021

Woven Earth

Woven Earth turns empty houses into homes for those who have fled violence and are trying to rebuild their lives. We are a caring […]
February 18, 2021

Rotary science and technology Forum

Kia ora, my name is Te Rina Sinclair and I’m a year 13 student at Auckland Girls’ Grammar School. These summer holidays I had […]
January 22, 2021
The Garden to Table Trust is changing the way children think about food

The Garden to Table Trust is changing the way children think about food

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 […]