About AUT Foundation

The Auckland University of Technology Foundation is an independent charitable trust established in 1987.

The AUT Foundation was set up to manage donations to AUT (donations made in the USA are managed by Friends of AUT Incorporated). It is entrusted with the management and transparency of resources gifted for the benefit of the AUT community.

The AUT Foundation is proud to have the opportunity to facilitate the relationships between donors and their recipients, which increases opportunities available to both students and staff.

Governance and administration

The AUT Foundation is carefully governed to ensure that its activities are legitimate, and its financial affairs are managed responsibly. Administration support is provided by the AUT Development Office and is overseen by a board of trustees.

The Board of Trustees has a fiduciary responsibility to ensure all donated funds are correctly managed, invested and disbursed.  The AUT Foundation is accountable to donors through:

  • Annual financial statements
  • Annual reports

Members of the Board of Trustees

The AUT Foundation's Board of Trustees is made up of five of our most senior leadership team, each with a passion for doing the best for our students.

John Maasland

John Maasland


Chairperson, Trustee, AUT Foundation
Chancellor, AUT
Derek McCormack

Derek McCormack


Trustee, AUT Foundation
Vice-Chancellor, AUT
Sussan Turner

Sussan Turner


Trustee, AUT Foundation
Pro-Chancellor, AUT

Sussan Turner

Lex Henry


Trustee, AUT Foundation

Sussan Turner

Andrea Vujnovich


Secretary, AUT Foundation
Assistant Vice-Chancellor, Corporate & General Counsel, AUT

Contact the AUT Foundation

We’d love to talk to you about how you can partner with the AUT Foundation or make a gift.

Email: foundation@aut.ac.nz

Donate to AUT

No gift to AUT is too small. You can make a donation online now, or find out about other ways to make a gift and make a difference to the lives of our students.

Ways to give to AUT