Fairground Foundation and ecostore were created in partnership to support the health and environmental well-being of communities. Click here to find us on facebook
In 1993, after years of working in the non-profit sector, ecostore founder, Malcolm Rands was keen to find a more sustainable way to generate charitable funding. He wanted to tackle one of the biggest problems he'd experienced in the sector which was the disproportionate amount of time, energy and other resources that went into fundraising compared to the needs of the different projects.
Malcolm wanted to create a sustainable model in which a not for profit was set up in partnership with a philosophically aligned commercial business. A percentage of profits from the business would then be channelled into the not-for-profit to provide ongoing funding.
Here's how it works: A percentage of ecostore profits and other resources go to Fairground. Its purpose is to create projects that make a difference in people's lives and to the communities they live in, particularly in the areas of health, culture and sustainability.
Fairground's challenge is to imagine the future we'd love to have in 20 year's time and to make that happen now.ecostore Founder and CEO, Malcolm Rands
Future-proof neighbourhoods project
Fairground has started a consultation process with a wide group of architects, town planners, developers and building suppliers to look at high density eco housing close to the heart of Auckland city. Malcolm brings his experience of founding one of New Zealand’s first permaculture eco-villages to the table. With the population increasing and becoming more urbanised, Fairground believes it’s imperative to create practical, commercially successful green solutions for healthy housing and sustainable living. Fairground's plan is to create a vibrant, healthy urban eco-village that’s so successful it will be copied by developers worldwide.