The New Zealand Actors Benevolent Fund is a non-for profit charity established in 2013 to provide assistance to professional performers, both young and old, who, due to injury, illness or disability are unable to work, either temporarily or in some cases for the rest of their lives.
The Fund – administered by the Fundraising Committee and Board – provides both financial and practical assistance to those in need. Medical expenses may be directly met by the Fund, pharmaceutical bills settled, or essential items purchased. In some cases, there may also be provision available for the care of children or family dependants of those performers in need.
A bond of confidentiality exists within the Fund. The identities of recipients are never disclosed, but many are, or have been, household names who have devoted their lives to the entertainment of others. Donations are tax deductible.
The performing arts can be immensely rewarding, and often just as cruel. Inevitably there are many casualties when sadly, later in life, many actors are left in poverty and distress. In this fragile industry the Actors’ Benevolent Fund is a way to redress the balance and give back to those in need. The generosity of performers is legendary – very often they donate their skills and work for free. This is a mark of us growing up as an industry: performers looking after performers.
Sam Neill, Patron, Actors Benevolent Fund
The Actors Benevolent Fund is a time honoured non-profit charity. It provides aid to performers in dire need to due to illness and injury – benevolence in the true sense of the word. If you are able to donate to a charity, please consider the Actors Benevolent Fund. Donations are tax deductible.
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Patron, Actors Benevolent Fund