First Foundation assists academically talented and financially disadvantaged New Zealand students to achieve their potential through tertiary education and prepares them to positively influence and benefit their communities.
First Foundation was set up in 1998. Through scholarships, mentoring programmes and paid work experience, First Foundation supports students by helping them with university costs, supporting and guiding them through major transitions from high school to university, developing skills in a safe work environment and building new networks.
First Foundation’s work is closely aligned with our firm values and our focus on giving back in the areas of youth and education. Working with First Foundation allows us to create opportunities for talented youth from low decile schools, to succeed when they otherwise wouldn’t have access to financial resources and professional networks. As well as the firm funding a scholarship, a number of our lawyers have been first foundation scholars and several of our people volunteer as mentors.Michael Harper, First Foundation relationship partner
Chapman Tripp has provided pro bono legal support to First Foundation for many years. In 2015, we expanded our relationship to include financial support. This includes providing student sponsorships that offer work experience at all of our offices, as well as operational funding for First Foundation programmes.
Learn more about the work First Foundation do and our partnership with them in our video above.