Partnering with socially conscious businesses gives Big Buddy the ability to set clear goals that get us significantly closer to our vision of finding a mentor for every fatherless boy that needs one. For partners, it's a service to the whole community and a great way to generate good feeling among staff and associates.  It's good for us; it's good for business.

 Business & Big Buddy

Big Buddy has had the pleasure of working with a range of philanthropically-minded businesses over the years – too many to mention here. But in 2015, we began some significant partnerships with business sponsors and we’ve seen some amazing outcomes as a result of these relationships.

GJ Gardner Homes and previous partner ITM worked together on the Big Buddy Big Auction project; the proceeds from two homes meant we opened a third office in the Waikato in 2016. Joylab (then Barworks) and DB also teamed up to give us a series of fundraising corporate-focused Long Lunches.

Partnering with business is an enriching and rewarding process for both parties. If your business or organisation could be join us in bettering the lives of fatherless boys please email our Partnership Manager, Lettie Bright.

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GJ Gardner Homes

01092017 News Photo: Mark Taylor /STUFF NZ.Travis Field - BB Trustee
Roger Moses - BB Trustee
Grant Fox - BB Trustee
Paul Burns - BB CEO
Jeff de Leeuw - MD GJG Waikato
Purchaser - Susan Tian
Ellie Porteous - GM GJG NZ
Brian King - GM Harcourts HamiltonProfits from the auctions of two new houses will help out fatherless boys.After 12 months in the works ,two GJ Gardner houses in Hamilton and Pukekohe will go to the highest bidders with the proceeds donated to Big Buddy, an organisation that matches young boys with role models.

Working with our Principal Partner

GJ Gardner Homes is New Zealand's most popular home builder and one we are very privileged to be associated with. In 2016 Big Buddy became one of GJ Gardner's charities of choice, along with Ronald McDonald House, Westpac Rescue Helicopter and other worthy causes they support.

Having already celebrated building 10,000 homes in 2014, Head Franchisees Grant and Ellie Porteous set the wheels in motion for two more homes to be charitably built and auctioned for Big Buddy in 2017. Pictured at the Hamilton auction are, from left, BB Chair Travis Field, BB Foundation members Roger Moses and Grant Fox, BB CEO Paul Burns with Hamilton GJ franchisee Jeff de Leeuw. Ellie Porteous stands between the new home buyer and the auctioneer.

This project enabled our growth into the Waikato - please read more about their benefaction on our Partner Projects page.


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Working with our major partner

Joylab (previously Barworks) is predominantly an Auckland region hospitality group comprised of almost 30 venues. It's not just the collective name that links them together; an ethos of social giving is  also a common factor.

The money raised at the Charity Long Lunches has been a significant factor in Big Buddy's growth, both in operations and reputation. Testament to this is Big Buddy Chair, Travis Field (left) and Sweatshop's Mark Jackson holding $26,000 of giving back. These carefully considered five-course feasts are a great networking opportunity for philanthropic-minded Corporates, their friends and associates. We value each and every one of these opportunities to extend our reputation and reach.

Read more about them on our Partner Projects page.

What's the next step?

If the idea of partnering with Big Buddy resonates with your organisation we'd love to hear from you today! Contact our Partnership Manager now. 

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