PwC Foundation

Established in 2004, the PwC Foundation is our community engagement programme and is how our business brings to life the work that we do to help solve important problems in our local communities. We're focused on using our skills, financial and intellectual resources, and partnerships to contribute to children's wellbeing through education, and improve governance in the Not-for-Profit sector in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The PwC Foundation brings together our firm’s activities and community involvement. It allows us to focus our efforts and make a lasting impact in our communities by harnessing the significant talent, enthusiasm and generosity of our staff throughout Aotearoa New Zealand. 

Our primary focus is on child wellbeing through literacy programmes in ‘high equity index’ (formerly ‘low decile’) schools. To support this, we offer a Financial Literacy Programme (FLiP) and also a Reading Programme called Aho Kōrero, in which we publish our very own schools journal with our partnership schools nationally. We also collaborate with Toitoi, who publish NZ children's writing and art work by donating Toitoi journals into schools. With both reading programmes, we send our volunteers in to read with the tamariki and promote literacy.

Additionally, we focus on encouraging PwC staff to assume Not-for-Profit governance roles through the PwC On Board and Board Shadow programmes to improve governance across the Not-for-Profit sector.

We also support regional PwC offices and staff in their engagement with local charities, fostering a culture of community involvement and support.

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Financial Literacy Programme (FLiP)

Making a difference with financial literacy education

At PwC we make a positive impact in our communities by leveraging our skills and resources where they matter most. With a team of around 2,000 highly-educated and motivated individuals, a common and shared strength is financial literacy. Leveraging this, we run FLiP, our financial literacy programme, in ‘high equity index’ (formerly ‘low decile’) primary schools throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.

We take pride in preparing the future generations with the skills and knowledge to make informed and effective financial decisions. Since FLiP's launch in August 2015, we've reached over 18,000 Kiwi kids, empowering the next generation to manage their personal financial resources.

Starting financial literacy education at a young age provides students with the best chance to build their knowledge as they progress through their schooling.

Reading Programmes

Putting literacy first

The PwC Foundation has created the PwC Schools Journal (Aho Kōrero) and partnered with Toitoi, to deliver a reading programme in ‘high equity index’ schools (specifically for years 5/6 and 7/8). We provide quarterly journals (Aho Kōrero) of writing and art created by New Zealand children. Our staff use volunteer time to go into schools nationally, read the journals, and look at the creative artwork with the children.  In 2024, 26 schools across Aotearoa New Zealand are participating in the programme.

We tailor the approach for each classroom to create a relaxed reading experience. When we go into a classroom, each PwC team member takes a small group of children to read and discuss the journals together. 

Each term PwC donates the journals to the schools; one for each child in the class to take home and share with their whānau, and 30 to be shared across the  school for everyone to enjoy. The children are encouraged to submit writing and artwork to be considered for publication in the journals which generates an additional aspirational element.  We also provide teachers with both written and financial resources to encourage reading, writing and creative art work in their classrooms.

PwC On Board

What is it? 

PwC On Board supports our people across the firm who want to secure a board or advisory role with a Not-for-Profit (NFP) in Aotearoa New Zealand. As professionals, we have a role to play in driving social change. This innovative programme aims to bridge the gap between corporate Aotearoa New Zealand and the NFP sector, enabling our people and their communities to work together. It is a practical and tangible way of bringing our firm’s purpose to life.

Through PwC On Board, our people use their professional skills to give back to the community, broaden their governance knowledge and networks, and contribute towards building more sustainable organisations. For the NFP’s and bodies they serve, they access the time, talent and networks of a broad range of professionals.

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PwC On Board Shadow

What is it?

The PwC On Board Shadow programme is a national initiative, and part of our broader On Board programme, to help grow governance opportunities through shadowing and mentoring. We do this by pairing staff early in their careers to board ‘shadow’ opportunities in the Not-for-Profit sector.

Advantages of the programme include:

  • developing and fosters talent to help succeed at a governance level in tomorrow’s boardrooms

  • taping into a range of skills and sector experience to fit board requirements 

  • helping address the experience gap faced by skilled younger professionals seeking to gain governance experience 

  • providing insights into board dynamics

  • bringing a younger voice and perspective to the table.

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Giving back to our communities

Volunteer Time

Reflecting our firm’s global purpose, PwC New Zealand is committed to driving positive social change through applying our skills to volunteering. We encourage our people to offer their time and expertise to our coordinated PwC Foundation skilled volunteering programmes. We also recognise our staff have their own connections with specific Not-for-Profit and community organisations and are supportive of individuals  using volunteer time to support these organisations. 

Payroll giving

Payroll giving enables all permanent and fixed term PwC employees to donate to the PwC Foundation directly from their monthly salary. It is that simple. Every dollar received goes to the primary schools who have adopted our Financial Literacy (FLiP) and/or Reading Programmes for practical educational needs. 

Top up funding

The PwC Foundation supports the charity work of our people by topping up any  money they raise by 25%. Whether they are completing a sponsored run or walk, growing a moustache or holding a bake sale, the PwC Foundation will  top up their donation to their chosen charity.

PwC Foundation Champions Network

Our champions network helps us drive internal staff engagement and promote our PwC Foundation programmes, so more staff and partners contribute to our local communities.

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Our coaches in action, reading with the kids at St. Therese School.

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FLiP - Our financial literacy

Children from one of our FLiP schools discuss financial literacy in their own words. 
 

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FLiP - Rosie Jerram shares her experience

Graduate, Rosie Jerram speaks on her experience with our FLiP programme and how working with children at an early age around financial literacy can have a positive impact.

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Naomi McRae
PwC Foundation Lead
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Erica Mackie
Foundation Coordinator
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Nikki Ive
Literacy Programmes Advisor
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Zara Feeney
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Elle Tweedie 
Literacy Programmes Advisor
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Joint Lead Trustees

Peter Boyce

Partner, Auckland, PwC New Zealand

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Jan Gatley

Partner, Waikato, PwC New Zealand

+64 21 190 7011

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Foundation Trustees

Simoli Aati

NZIT Director, Auckland, PwC New Zealand

+64 274 412 891

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Dr Monique Faleafa

Partner, Auckland, PwC New Zealand

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Nathan Jones

Partner, Canterbury, PwC New Zealand

+64 21 750 423

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Jonathan Kirby

Partner, Financial Assurance, Auckland, PwC New Zealand

+64 21 879 106

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Lara Bennett

Executive Director - Property, Infrastructure & Capital, Trustee - PwC Foundation , Auckland, PwC New Zealand

+64 21 521 974

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Gareth Parry

Partner, Wellington, PwC New Zealand

+64 21 740 750

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Emma Richards

Special Counsel, Tax, Wellington, PwC Legal

+64 21 629 529

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