Opera and music lovers around the world donate to the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation to support Dame Kiri’s work with talented young singers. Donations of any size are always welcome.

“As a sponsor of a number of ventures in music and the arts, I often get requests for support from young singers who are seeking to further their studies abroad. In the past I have had to make decisions about who to offer support to and for what purposes - decisions that are difficult for me to make without proper advice. I was therefore delighted when Dame Kiri invited me to work with her through her Foundation, since I can leave the Foundation to make decisions about the kind of support best suited to emerging opera singers' needs.

Singers who receive the Foundation's support can not only count on Dame Kiri's mentoring and advice, but also benefit from guidance from other world-class singers and voice coaches - an experience I was able to witness first-hand when I recently had the chance to spend a day watching a number of young singers working with Dame Kiri and some of her colleagues. So by contributing to the Dame Kiri Foundation I am able to provide support that has a much greater impact than anything I could offer on my own.”

Professor Jack Richards
Foundation Patron

Making a donation

Donations to the Foundation of any size are always welcome and very important for the continued support of talented singers and musicians.

The Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation is a registered charitable trust (CC34307) which offers a range of opportunities to support its work. New Zealanders who make donations to the Foundation can claim 33⅓% rebate up to a maximum equal to their annual taxable income. Donations can be directly credited to the Foundation’s account or by cheque posted to the Foundation.. Please use the donations form

For further information about ways to support the Foundation including making a bequest please contact the Foundation office by phone (64)(9) 5349398 or email at




Few people today will be familiar with the name Dorothy Francis Craig, yet this little known New Zealander played an important role in the establishment of the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation. At the time that the Foundation was being established a bequest of £20,000 was received from the executors of her estate – Dorothy had been a great fan of Dame Kiri. So Dorothy provided the Foundation’s first bequest and what better way is there to reflect your love of music.

Leaving a bequest is a simple procedure that allows you to include the Foundation as a beneficiary of your will. Bequests are usually directed to the Foundation for use at the trustee’s discretion but they can also be directed towards a specific purpose such as a music scholarship for a talented singer, musician or conductor identified by the trustees as meeting all the required criteria.

If you’d like to discuss this matter further or would like sample language for your lawyer please contact the Foundation office – (64)(9) 5349398;