A message from Ted Manson ONZM Founder. 1st October 2015.
Applications for the Inaugural round of Grants closed in October 2014 and with over 200 applications to explore and understand, it took till March 2015 for the final successful applicants to be notified and moneys paid out. Dozens of different Charities from all walks of life received funding and it was a pleasure to meet all the different people involved and spend time with them.
It was always going to be important to me that the money I donated was going to make a real difference. After months of thinking this through and with so many different charities to work with and stay in touch with, I decided there was no way I would really understand if the Ted Manson Foundation was really making a difference or not.
This has been a major learning curve for me and in hind sight I should have given more thought to what I’m passionate about and where I’d like my money to be placed, to have the most impact for me.
However it doesn’t really matter as with reading through all the applications, it makes me realise there are a lot of worthy causes out there, a lot of people in distressed situations and also a lot of good people making it their ambition to help.
For this reason, I have decided from now on, The Ted Manson Foundation will focus solely on Social Housing. Housing is where I started 40 years ago and to this day I am still involved in the buying, building, renting and selling of residential property, both houses and apartments. I totally understands this process from start to finish.
I have now had a number of meetings with different Community Housing Providers, the City Mission and Government appointed employees about Social Housing, and the need for assistance in this fundamental area of the community, has become even more apparent to me.
My absolute priority is to ensure the support provided by the Foundation makes a real difference to the community. This is very important to me and this will be my best chance to ensure I can make a real difference for the underprivileged in the Auckland community.I have now had a number of Social Housing initiatives and projects put to me where the Ted Manson Foundation will commit to building Social Housing and am working through them all. A few development projects should be finalised by the end of the year where the Ted Manson Foundation and Mansons TCLM Ltd will provide its expertise, time and funding to build these projects. Once these projects are selected I will focus on them until most of the development is complete before looking for the next projects.
If you would like any further information or believe you can be of help with Social Housing or I can be of help, please email me firstname.lastname@example.org