MAGS Foundation – Welcome

Peter Thorp

The Mount Albert Grammar School Foundation underpins support of the School by its many stakeholders – families, alumni, the ASB Bank which owns the school farm, the Mount Albert and Auckland residential and business communities, and friends of the School.

The Foundation organises fundraising, bequests, events, sponsorship and scholarships to assist the resourcing of the school and invest in its future.

MAGS has a superb tradition of achievement over its 90 year history. The Foundation has for some time recognised that the huge goodwill of the MAGS’ former students, parents and stakeholders is under-utilised and needs harnessing to satisfy both those supporters and the school.   The setting up of a fully-professional Foundation Advancement Office in 2013, led by Director of Advancement Tim Kay, fulfils this need. The beneficiaries will be MAGS students and our future society.

Business leader Chris Liddell, who was Head Prefect 1974, and his brother John spearheaded the Foundation’s target of raising $10 million by the school’s centenary in 2022 with a $1 million commitment to the Foundation in 2014. Other MAGS leaders have followed suit.

Since the Advancement office was established, more than $1.8 million has been raised through sponsorship, general donations, bequests, endowment funds, scholarships and events.

We encourage the MAGS community of the 21st century to get involved and give back to the school to supplement the efforts of last century’s Albertians who set up the Foundation’s initial resource. The MAGS Foundation is committed to providing the vehicle for you to stay involved with the School and its progress.

Tim Kay
Director of Advancement

The Mount Albert Grammar School Foundation established the Advancement Office in 2013 to help fulfil the school’s aim to become the best secondary school in New Zealand.

The Advancement Office has a vision of establishing a $10 million endowment Fund by othe school’s centenary year – 2022.  The income from the Fund will support scholarships for our students and staff as well as funding capital projects to support our infrastructure requirements. It will provide an enduring solution for the school’s continuing financial needs.  A culture of philanthropy needs to be developed within our school community which will enable us to provide even greater opportunities for both our current and future students.  Investing in MAGS is investing in New Zealand’s future.

The Foundation’s Advancement Office will provide a framework for a more effective and collaborative approach to advancement that will invite a meaningful engagement of the school’s various constituent groups, including alumni through the Albertians Association, current school parents through the parent group Friends of MAGS, as well as students, staff, the business community and individual and corporate donors.

The focus is to build a wide and more active community that is involved in a co-ordinated effort to advance MAGS in an increasingly competitive fundraising environment, as well as providing a point of difference to set MAGS apart from any other school.

The success of building up a $10 million Endowment Fund by 2022 will depend on both significant individual donations and a significant number of smaller donations, coupled with a commitment to think more expansively and embrace new and different fundraising strategies and activities.

In order to secure the school’s educational excellence in perpetuity the Foundation must forge an enlightened community of interest that can help expand the school’s resource base. I look forward to working with you on these goals in the future.

Register your interest

If you would like to help the School through the MAGS Foundation, please contact Tim Kay at the Advancement  Office, phone 09 815 4034, or email with your contact details.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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