The simple answer is yes, but there are many requirements. Therefore, I suggest that you seek professional assistance.
Can a large charitable donation help me gain New Zealand permanent residency?
After hearing about the shooting in the country, I decided I want to help by contributing a large sum, to the tune of millions of dollars, to a good organization based there. This would be an impactful investment, but can it secure permanency residency too? Why or why not?
Philanthropic investments are mentioned in the list of acceptable investments of the investor category. The immigration instructions mention some specific requirements that are placed on philanthropic investments. Additionally, you will need to meet the regular requirements of the category (such as the minimum investment of $3 million New Zealand dollars).