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'Cancelling retirement to start a charity', Liz Greive

Liz Greive is the visionary behind Share My Super, a charitable organisation that facilitates donations to support marginalised young people and their families throughout New Zealand.

Originally from the Lake District in the United Kingdom, Liz began her career as a social worker, developing a strong sense of justice and a deep passion for helping young people and their families.

Life took Liz on a journey, as she fell in love with her Kiwi husband and moved back and forth between the UK and New Zealand, eventually starting a family and facing the challenges of living off a single income. However, Liz always recognised that the people she helped as a social worker faced even greater hardships.

But Liz's life didn't stand still. Together with her husband, they transformed her family's fortunes and she transitioned from a social worker to a philanthropist, following success in the travel and clothing industries.

As Liz reached retirement age, she received her superannuation (pension money) from the New Zealand government. While this payment is given to almost all New Zealanders, regardless of their means, Liz realized that she didn't need the money. It was at this moment that she had the brilliant idea to start a charity that would enable others in her situation to donate their surplus superannuation payments. This concept would not only benefit the next generation but also supercharge the much-discussed transfer of wealth from the baby boomer generation.

In 2019, Share My Super was officially launched, redirecting surplus superannuation payments from older New Zealanders to charities dedicated to supporting children in need. The charity carefully curates a selection of eleven organizations, allowing donors to choose which charity they want to support. This donor-advised fund ensures that every dollar donated makes a tangible difference in the lives of vulnerable youth.

Liz's commitment to the cause is unwavering. She recently pledged $10 million of her own money to cover all administrative costs, guaranteeing the perpetual operation of the charity. Beyond financial contributions, Liz is actively involved in the day-to-day operations of the charity, working closely with her CEO to raise funds and ensure that people's generous donations are put to good use. She also maintains a deep connection with the charities supported by Share My Super, whether it's visiting the offices of Te Pā, an organisation aiding ex-prisoners and their families, or advocating for early intervention programs. Liz's hands-on approach underscores her genuine investment in the well-being of New Zealand's youth. For her, philanthropy is not just about money; it's about building meaningful relationships and creating sustainable change.

Liz Greive has redefined the concept of giving back to society. As Share My Super continues to grow and evolve, one thing remains certain: Liz's legacy will endure as a beacon of hope for generations to come.


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