Epilepsy Foundation Update
The board of the Epilepsy Foundation of New Zealand Incorporated are pleased to announce a change in what we do to support people with Epilepsy in New Zealand.
The Epilepsy Foundation of New Zealand Inc (EFNZ) became a registered charitable organisation in September 1987. The purpose of the organisation was to raise funds to support the one in fifty New Zealanders living with epilepsy. Our focus moved to meet specific needs that were identified. And over the last few years we have achieved the following:
|Outcomes||Financial Year Ended|
|Creative Therapy Sessions||–||29||36|
|KindyRock Music Sessions (At Carlson & Oranga Schools)||–||56||80|
|Talk Talk Counselling Hours – Individual & Group||58.5||152||262|
|Talk Talk Retreats Held||–||–||5|
|Brain Train Events||–||–||3|
|Epilepsy Awareness Events – (Stand at Brain Day)||–||–||1|
|Raised Awareness through # of Facebook followers||1700||1600||1524|
|Grants to Organisations: Projects||$5,000||$20,000|
|Grants to Organisations: Operating Expenses||$10,000|
|Grants to Quality of Life||–||$1,050|
|Consumer & Health & Social Service Inquiries||110||62|
Over the last 12 months the board has reviewed the current working model under which EFNZ presently operates. It also looked at EFNZ’s financial sustainability as a stand-alone organisation that directly contributes to the active conduct of a charitable purpose.
As a result, and in accordance with its constitution, members at our 2019 Annual General Meeting determined that EFNZ’s goals would be better achieved if it becomes a grant-making organisation rather than maintaining the higher cost model of delivering services.
To achieve this EFNZ will be winding up and any proceeds will be transitioned to a fund with equivalent name and purposes under the umbrella of the Perpetual Guardian Foundation CC51167. This is in order to leverage the sustainable infrastructure of a Professional Trustee Company that will exist in perpetuity.
We will provide updates to key stakeholders as we work through this process.
We are changing our focus.
Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page over the next few months and we will keep you informed.