Our History

The Todd family (owners of the Todd Corporation) has a strong history of philanthropy, with the first formal Todd charitable trust established in the 1950s by psychiatrist Kathleen Todd for
post-graduate study in this discipline.

As the Todd Group emerged over the years as a significant entity in the New Zealand commercial environment, the directors and shareholders increasingly recognised a corporate responsibility to the welfare of the community. This was formalised by the establishment in 1960 of the Todd Charitable Trust, and in 1972 the Todd Foundation was formed.

The following timeline was created to mark 50 years of the Todd Foundation.

In 2012, to mark 40 years of the Todd Foundation this short film was created. Sir John Todd reflects on the history of the Foundation and on the Todd families role in giving in New Zealand.