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Winton and Margaret Bear Charitable Trust

In the spirit of the late Winton and Margaret Bear's philosophy, Trustees Executors as trustee, welcomes applications for grants. If you represent a worthy charity, cause, or organisation, you are invited to complete an application for financial assistance. Emphasis will be given to youth oriented causes in the Wellington area.


Winton and Margaret Bear Charitable Trust

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Winton and Margaret Bear Charitable Trust application guidelines

IMPORTANT NOTE: Applications will reopen in September. Please refer back to our website closer to the time for a link to our Application Form.​ 

Applications Open – 1 September 2020
Applications Close –  31 October 2020
Trustees Meet: Early December 2020 

The Winton and Margaret Bear Charitable Trust is registered as a charitable entity (#CC10199) under the Charities Commission.


Who were Winton and Margaret Bear?

Winton and Margaret Bear were devoted to helping young people and both passed away in 1998. Unable to have children themselves, the couple became deeply involved in helping children's homes after Mr Bear returned from wartime service as an army captain in 1947. They soon developed clear targets and ideas about the people that needed their help.

Their desire to help "the younger generation" led them to finding ways to put their money to good work. With the good advice they received from Trustees Executors and their own good judgement, the Bears decided to set up a private charitable trust with Trustees Executors. Every cent, every asset - even their family home - went into the Winton and Margaret Bear Charitable Trust. Their selfless philosophy of helping others has benefited many young people when they left behind a truly wonderful legacy for the youth of the Wellington region.

The Bears formed the Winton and Margaret Bear Charitable Trust because they believed that an investment in young people would pave the way for New Zealanders of the future.

Since its formation, the trust has enabled hundreds of worthy participants to attend health and education programmes, outdoor recreational programmes, school camps and employment training programmes.

The couple - virtually inseparable in life - died within months of each other in 1998, both aged 85. Since their deaths, their legacy and the philosophy of the Trust has been continued by Trustees Executors. The trust created by Winton and Margaret Bear is a wonderful gift to young people, and it is Trustees Executors' duty as sole trustee to ensure their legacy and vision are carried on through future generations.

Please email us on beartrust@trustees.co.nz for any queries relating to the Winton and Margaret Bear Charitable Trust.

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