Creating a better world by taking on challenging projects that inspire others to do the same.


Our beginning

In 1993 after years of working in the not-for-profit sector, ecostore founder Malcolm Rands realised he had a problem to tackle: not-for-profits were being distracted from achieving their purpose by the disproportionate amount of time, energy and resources that went into fundraising. Malcolm envisaged a sustainable partnership between a not-for-profit and a philosophically aligned commercial business (ecostore), with a percentage of profits from the commercial business funding the not-for-profit. And so Fairground Foundation was born. 

Fairground Foundations purpose is to create a better world. We identify social and environmental issues that are difficult to solve, and with courageous leadership and on-the-ground action, we tackle these issues head-on. We will prove it is possible to do good AND create jobs And we will inspire others to do the same.

Our current projects are Bucket and Bumpspace. Bucket is a crowdfunding platform, with a spotlight on flora and fauna projects. Bumpspace involves working with ethical partners to create an inner-city housing development that is sustainable, green, affordable, and encourages a strong sense of community. 

A new model for business: Malcolm Rands at TEDxAuckland