connecting communities

Rata Foundation 2023

Who we worked with:
Rata Foundation
What we did:

Design Build Improve

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A refresh perspective for Rātā Foundation.

As the largest philanthropic organisation in the South Island, Rātā Foundation has made a significant impact by granting more than $550 million to local communities in the past three decades, contributing to substantial positive social change.

Throughout our decade-long partnership with Rātā Foundation, we have played a crucial role in the evolution of their online presence, recognising the pivotal role that digital platforms play in giving both insight into their grant-making decisions and telling stories of community impact.

Formerly known as the Canterbury Community Trust, Rātā holds in trust for the community, a pūtea of over half a billion dollars. This pūtea, allows Rātā to invest $20 million per annum, in the communities of its four funding regions.

After rebranding to Rātā Foundation in 2015, a new focus on engaging with communities to fund initiatives that makes the most difference, has become central to Rātā’s purpose. Looking for more equitable and sustainable outcomes across the community in order to better reflect their strategic vision and core beliefs.

Having worked with Rātā since 2013, we continue to support and provide strategic, design and development services which enable them to communicate effectively with their diverse community audience.

Leveraging new imagery and brand elements has allowed us to extend Rātā’s profile of community giving through heartfelt stories showcasing the positive impact the Rātā Foundation has had on so many individuals and community groups.


Community stories

Rātā Foundation’s vision to create stronger communities that are more connected and prosperous is successfully showcased through their video and news content, which shares these diverse and inspirational stories.

A wealth of resources

Gain insights from research, explore ideas, find links to Good Practice resources and explore the Tool Box of useful resources for organisational development.

I’m provided with such a rich diversity of material everyday. Being able to tell the story of what Rātā is doing and who Rātā is helping through the website is incredibly powerful.

Tanya Bethell Communications Manager