Social Entrepreneurship




We are often asked why building a cultural and community centre has become the centerpiece of the Foundation’s existence. The answer to that simply is – we are social entrepreneurs who realize that the term ‘marketplace’ as a space doesn’t necessarily need to operate exclusively for those who seek to pursue nothing more than profit. 


Just as entrepreneurs change the face of business, ‘social’ entrepreneurs on the other hand act as change agents for society. They develop opportunities others might miss, adopt new approaches and systems, and create solutions to improve communities for the better. 


The Foundation recognizes that there are countless entrepreneurs around the world, social or otherwise, with big dreams and few resources to start with. We don’t see that much as a hindrance but simply a challenge to be overcome on our way towards creating social capital. 


Social entrepreneurs are most commonly associated with the voluntary and not-for-profit sectors, yet this need not preclude making a profit largely because the social venture we have in mind will necessitate partnering with government organisations, other third sector organisations, leaders in business and the media as external partners to help us make things happen. 


As a social business venture in the making, the cultural and community centre building project will be the equity the Foundation will create with its partners. But rather than return profits to shareholders, like pure commercial ventures, it will reinvest those profits to further this social venture in order to sustain resulting social benefits to the community it serves and stakeholders it works with. 


Sustainability, therefore, is of paramount concern in our planning because the contexts in which social ventures operate are often complex. This is because it aims to bring about solutions where markets, and sometimes governments, don’t. Likewise, trying to provide solutions where money is usually in short supply necessitate that social entrepreneurs be creative, adaptable, and determined in finding ways to sustain their venture. 




By now, you may have noticed the large horizontal image above. To some, it may appear that five wooden barrels each lying on their sides have just broken loose and in tandem tumbled down along a sloping stone pathway from the opposite end where the main cultural and community centre building stands on a grassy hilltop overlooking Wellington City in the background.


We admit that looks can be initially deceiving. What these five overlapping structures represent are a design for another covered portion of the centre complex that will aggregate and house a number of mixed retail spaces let out to individuals, offices of professional practitioners and small businesses at reasonable rates as a means for them to pursue their own livelihoods in a marketplace space that encourages commerce to thrive. This is one of the many innovative ways how the Centre will integrate arts, culture and business into a holistic whole where even more direct economic ‘impacts’ are generated, directly and indirectly.


Notice that the initial design concept is in step with the exterior design of the Centre building itself, but allowing even more sunlight to filter in. On the whole, the Marketplace Space will consist of five interlocking Quonset style structures whose inverted curved roof surfaces will also be clad with solar energy panels to capture the power of the sun.


From every perspective the eye can possbly see, it is a turning point in the mastering of architectural techniques applied to functional spaces in New Zealand. Not only is its design expansive, eye-pleasing and functionally utilitarian, it is also environmentally sustainable.




The open areas that will surround both the Centre and the Market Place buildings will incorporate playgrounds, commemorative garden patios, memorial pergolas, walkways, dressed rock walls, wooden decks, fences, ponds, mini-waterfalls, a plant nursery, and gardens that encourage families to spend their time together enjoying nature in the outdoors. 


Skilled grounds custodians will provide excellent results with planting, mulching and trimming of all flowering bushes providing a clean environment of safety and quality. Hardwood trees whose leaves change colour at the onset of Autumn and ornamental Cherry blossom trees which display their magnificent splendour in Spring will be strategically planted to add even more flavor to the serendipitous atmosphere the whole complex is designed to project over time. 


During the whole length of Spring to Autumn, open air festivals, performances and concerts will be held. It will be a pleasant place to be in where even tourists from all over will want to visit.


So now it comes to pass that the concept and general outlines for the Foundation’s Cultural and Community Centre Building Project are now open for your con-sideration as volunteers, partners, patrons, sponsors or donors. Will you help us build it?




If the future of your community is important to you, why not make your voice heard by supporting the Bulwagan Foundation Trust’s Put Your Name On Your Community Centre’s Future Capital Campaign? 


As the focal point of arts, culture, business, recreational and leisure-time activities in the city, don’t miss this unique opportunity to show your support by purchasing a bench, theatre membership card, tree or brick. Whether as a gift, a memorial or a commemoration of an important event, your gift will provide long-term recognition of your commitment. 


Here’s how you can leave your mark:


Commemorative Garden Patios: (view sample garden patio image)

$ 3,500 per donor

(Provision is presently limited to 5 garden patios reserved for 7 donors each)


Memorial Gazebos: (view sample gazebo image)

$ 5,000 per donor

(Provision is presently limited to 5 gazebos reserved for 7 donors each)


Garden Benches:
$1,250 per bench (provision is presently limited to 50 units) 


Theatre Seats: (Lifetime Membership Cards)
$1,000 Platinum section
$750 Gold section
$500 Silver section

Cherry Blossom Trees: (view sample cherry blossom tree image)

$1,500 Large Tree (provision is presently limited to 50 trees)


The Colours of AutumnTrees: (view sample autumn trees scenery image)
$1,000 Large Tree (provision is presently limited to 50 trees)
$750 Small Tree (provision is presently limited to 50 trees)


Adopt-A-Brick Fund Engraved Bricks:
$2,500 8×8 Corporate Logo Brick
$500 8×8 Brick (for individual donor)
$200 4×8 Brick (for individual donor)

(Download the Reservation Form here)


Other ways of giving are also available through Monthly Giving and Pledged Donation options which cover other areas of the Foundation’s work which also need your support such as: 


  • General Operations Support

  • Community Centre Building Project

  • Marketplace Space Building Project

  • Community Centre Grounds Upkeep

  • Community Centre Furbishing Fund

  • Web Communications Expenses

Your chariable donation is tax-deductible up to the maximum extend allowed by law and con-fidentiality is assured in accordance with the Privacy Act of 1993.


For further information, please visit this link.


Thank you for your valuable support.


This Article is the 5th Part of a 5-Part Series


| Investments That Inspire |

| A Passionate Desire |

| Here Comes The Sun |

| Arts, Culture & Business |

| Social Entrepreneurship |



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