When I tell people about my job, the most common question people ask is “What are the best charities to donate to”? There are so many good causes to support and people often find the choice overwhelming. Here’s my guide to help you navigate.
If your heart stops beating, a 10 minute wait for an ambulance might be too long. Every minute without CPR reduces a victim’s chance of survival by 10 percent. A donation from a Gift Trust donor has launched a new smartphone app to link trained nearby first aiders to people who are having a cardiac arrest.
This month we highlight the wonderful work done by the Human Rights Measurement Initiative, a project whom The Gift Trust has funded on behalf of three generous donors including the Namaste Foundation.
See a snapshot of the good causes we have supported in 2017. From small, local causes, to well known national or international charities. From organisations working on alleviating poverty, to education, to disability, the arts, environment and conservation.
A donor had a chat to us about wanting to help smaller charities who struggle with fundraising or marketing to get better access to training in this area. We then set up a fund allowing small environmental charities to attend a training course of their choice.
A Gift Trust donor has donated to Kaibosh for several years, which has contributed to providing over 50,000 meals worth of food a month to the most vulnerable and marginalised in the Wellington community.
The Gift Trust, through the generosity of a donor, have supported Assistance Dogs New Zealand for three years. Over this time, The Gift Trust have made made donations totalling $60,000 to support families in need of an assistance dog.
A new partnership between The Gift Trust, and financial services firm Consilium, is being launched this month. A New Zealand first, it will offer Kiwis an opportunity to manage the funds they want to donate to charity through their trusted financial adviser.
A giving circle could best be described as a book club or discussion group meets investment group. While they can vary dramatically, they all share the same philosophy—that by pooling money and working collectively to decide where money can make the most impact, donors can make their money work harder and give more.
This month we intro Anake, who has been a trustee of The Gift Trust since mid-2016. He is attracted to good people grappling with wicked problems. This is reflected in his varied career which includes CEO of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, through to an early career as a labour union delegate at the Makarewa freezing works. Today, he undertakes a variety of governance roles, including as Directorship of Meridian Energy.
Waiting until you’ve passed away to gift funds to your favourite charity means you miss out on the most satisfying part of giving – watching your dollars make an impact. Setting up a Gift Account while you are alive lets you receive a number of benefits.
Making a donation can be about more than just handing over cash. We've worked with various donors to do things a bit differently and support the charities they care about. Here are a few examples of our donors’ funds doing even more good.
Most of us don't give because we want to claim a tax credit back for our generosity - we want to support a cause close to our hearts. But considering donation credits can help you create even more impact.
Cheryl Spain has recently joined our team. Originally from New Zealand, Cheryl has worked predominantly in the UK for the past 20 years, specialising in the not-for-profit and social enterprise sector.