SC Johnson join the Waka
SC Johnson are a 5th generation, family company who strongly believes in giving back to the communities in which they operate. They have a long-standing commitment to philanthropy, which began in 1937, when the company began giving 5 percent of all pretax profits to charities each year. They joined the I Have a Dream waka in 2020.
When looking for a suitable charitable partner in New Zealand, SC Johnson wanted to work with an organisation which aligned with their approach of fostering access to education. Their global approach is to support programmes that are inclusive and of a high standard delivering education through literacy initiatives, early childhood intervention, or programs that focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). I Have a Dream and our long-term approach to supporting youth with the resources they need to achieve academic and life success, meant that this partnership was a great fit.
Blair and Georgie Knight
Blair and Georgie Knight have been supporting I Have a Dream since 2017. Here is what they have to say about our programme.
“I Have a Dream is helping to address a major problem that concerns us. We like the strategy – we think the longevity of the programme from the ground up as opposed to a short term quick fix provides for a much greater chance of long term success. Children being assisted from their first class at school and continue through to university , while also providing a liaison between students and family, we see as a winning formula. We were also particularly impressed with the programme in that it assists a large number of students who wish to be involved, not just one or two chosen children.
Scott Gilmour and the IHAD team are exceptional. Their genuine energy, drive, commitment and focus to the programme will see it continue to expand. Hopefully, in time, we will see it rolled out nationally to communities in need. This will be to the benefit of not just individuals but the entire country.”
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