The Covid-19 pandemic has required a considerable redeployment of resources and focus at the Catalytic Foundation (formerly United Way NZ). Not only did we need to provide emergency funding, resources and advocacy for our non-profit partners, we also reached out to support our corporate partners manage their CSR priorities, within a rapidly evolving business environment. Like many challenges, this led to open discussions, opportunities, collaboration and sharing of resources.
Over the past year, people have shown that they are very thankful for the income and resources they have been fortunate enough to retain. We have seen that gratitude evolve into generosity for people who have been affected by Covid- 19 job losses and are experiencing financial and emotional pressures. This has meant we have moved from the traditional philanthropy model into a catalytic philanthropy model, which involves the generous giving of time, skills, money and resources.
Community charities and not-for-profit organisations seek to address major social issues. Unfortunately, many of them lack the scale and resources to help them with the problems they are trying to solve. By leveraging the catalytic philanthropy model, we unlock resources from businesses and donors and then by collectively combining them with the non-profit sector, we become the catalysts for change and maximum social impact.
Bill Gates wrote about catalytic philanthropy "Whether your chief resource is volunteer-time or hard earned dollars, for a relatively small investment, catalytic philanthropy can make a big impact"
To do something for many is one of the main concepts of catalytic philanthropy. By working under this model, the Catalytic Foundation can get the most value out of every dollar or skill donated and with our extensive 46 year history of community partnerships, drive social change.
Our focus is on promoting wellbeing and looking after people. The rebrand to the Catalytic Foundation gives us the freedom to conceive new technology, ideas and initiatives that will resonate with New Zealanders to accelerate social impact.
We invite you to join us on our journey.
Ngā mihi nui,
Teresa Moore | Chief Executive | Catalytic Foundation | catalytic.org.nz
"Wow! I donate $10/pay to the Catalytic fund and have just received a donation receipt say I contributed $520 to my community this year!"
The [email protected] programme provides mentoring and specialist capacity building guidance for community charities.
For the last 46 years, charities throughout New Zealand have applied to us for grant funding. Through this process we have identified key stresses on community organisations that can prevent or take them away from their core community work. We are often told about the need for mentoring and specialist services, so we have decided to help through our skilled volunteers and [email protected] programme.
[email protected] also extends to businesses wanting to engage with communities as part of their CSR wellness and team volunteering campaigns.
We are grateful to the charities we support, who put their hearts on the line for their local communities. The collective effort of volunteering, donating and giving back time and resources is vital for our communities wellbeing.
We are interested in our community organisations wellbeing a year after the Covid lockdown.
If you are part of a community organisation we invite you to complete this 4 minute survey as a check on your organisation's well-being and resource requirements, a year after the Covid outbreak.
In our two previous COVID-19 community needs surveys, we obtained very important feedback about the affect of the pandemic on community organisations and this enabled us to help in many ways. The results of the survey will be collated by the Catalytic Foundation (formerly United Way NZ) to help us advocate for your organisation with philanthropists, employers, Government and donors.
COVID-19 Community Needs
Research, released this month by Catalytic Foundation (formerly United Way NZ), shows Kiwi charities are under increasing pressure, managing a surge in demand with fewer resources. Donations are needed to provide the services and resources needed. #Unite20
Topline Findings from Research (390 charities participants)
- 98% of charities who participated in the research reported they have been affected by Covid-19
- Additional funding remains the primary way to help frontline charities. (78% of Charities e surveyed reported this need).
- 49% of the charities surveyed need volunteer assistance.
- 48% report seeing an increase in demand due to Covid-19 and foresee this will be the case for the next 12 months
Anecdotal themes emerging
- Food banks and mental health charities in particular have experienced increased demand, as have those supporting youth and the elderly (One foodbank in Auckland reported going from 35-45 parcels per day usually to 794 in one day during April and Age Concern Whanganui received over 1200 phone calls in three days - mostly regarding online supermarket shopping).
- Many charities fear that the full effects of Covid-19 are yet to hit, they are preparing for increased demand in levels 1 as centres re-open and services can resume.
- Some are commenting that if additional funding isn't found they may have to reduce services.
- Many are concerned that traditional funding mechanisms such as stores, gaming proceeds and funding rounds have been removed or disrupted due to Covid-19
- Many have had to adapt during lock down to supporting those in need via telephone calls as face-to-face support was not possible. Most reported staff and volunteers adapted well.
- Many charities comment increased anxiety levels among the community.
- Additional areas of inquiry included; counselling support, online shopping support, applying for benefits, wage subsidy inquires, employment and employment law queries and requests for food parcels.
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Auckland Charities are the backbone of our communities, especially when crisis strikes.
The Catalytic Foundation Community Fund provides financial assistance for community charities providing support services. We would like to thank the many regional donors and workplace givers, for their continued support of this community fund in Auckland. The Community Charites who are being supported this year are:
- Mangere Budgeting Services
- Kelmarna Community Garden
- Woven Earth
- Love Soup (Rodney)
This collective fund makes a real difference to the Charities, doing necessary community work, for optimal social impact, in Auckland.
The 2020 Christmas Shoebox Project distributed 880 presents to children who would of otherwise gone without. We would like to thank the following organisations for helping us reach out to families in need.
- Bluelight (Otahuhu)
- Luke St Transitional Housing (Andrea Sikuea)
- Te Roopu O Te Whanau Rangimarie O Tamaki Makaurau
- Victim Support
- Island Child Charitable Trust NZ
- North Shore Police
- Woven Earth
- Parent group at Corbans
- Waikato Women's Refuge
- Manukau Budgeting services
- North Shore Women's centre
- Kindred Services (Formerly Helensville women's centre)
- Women's Rufuge (Rodney)
- De Paul House (Northcote and Rodney)
Photo: Curtesy of the wonderful team at Xero who donated gifts for the Christmas Shoebox Project
Thank you also to The Tindall Foundation and local Payroll donors for their donations to the Catalytic Foundation community fund for frontline charities in South Canterbury.
Thank you Dell Technology for donating Laptops for our frontline community charities,
Just Zilch Food Rescue and Palmerston North Women's Refuge were our latest recipients.
Together we’ve made Christmas special for more young New Zealanders than ever before:
The goodwill and generosity of individuals and organisations has resulted in the Shoebox Project 2020 helping more young New Zealanders and their families than ever before. This year, 1556 boxes of gifts where delivered to families in hardship so they had presents to open on Christmas morning. That’s an increase of over 50% on last year.
It’s been an unprecedented year for those working to support our communities. Research conducted by Catalytic Foundation (formerly United Way NZ) in 2020 showed 98% of our charity partners were affected by the social and economic effects of Covid-19. Most expect the effects to continue for some time.
Thank you for making a significant difference to the lives of so many young New Zealanders and their families.
Christmas Shoebox Project 2020 Snapshot
1556 New Zealanders had something to open this Christmas
40 organisations, groups and individuals donated time and funding
32 community organisations received Shoeboxes to distribute to families/whanau
50% more young New Zealanders received a Shoebox compared with last year
11 New Kiwi organisations welcomed into the Shoebox Project whanau
85 Volunteers nationwide assisted the 2020 Christmas Shoebox Project
Please see below the list of generous individuals and organisations who have provided donations, volunteering and distribution services, to ensure we delivered Christmas boxes to families in need, throughout Aotearoa.
|DONOR ORGANISATIONS||RECIPIENT COMMUNITY CHARITIES|
|AUCKLAND / NORTHLAND||AUCKLAND / NORTHLAND|
|AIA New Zealand||Whare Timatatanga Hou Ora|
|Dow New Zealand||Te Rarawa Iwi|
|NZ Olympic Committee||Otahuhu Primary School|
|3M||Blue Light Otahuhu|
|Spark New Zealand||Luke Street Transitional Housing|
|Chubb Insurance||Vision West Trust|
|Hays Recruitment||Oranga Tamariki|
|Deloitte (Auckland office)||Victim Support|
|Richmond Chambers||Island Child Charitable Trust|
|Cambridge Clothing||North Shore Police|
|Xero (photo included)||Woven Earth|
|Grant Thornton NZ||Single parent families (UWNZ)|
|All things Plumbing||Waikato Women's Refuge|
|Downer||Budgeting & Family Services|
|IMCD NZ Ltd||North Shore Women's centre|
|RE: Vision||Kindred Services|
|Kohler NZ Ltd||Women's Refuge Rodney|
|Dell Technology||De Paul House|
|Lynch & Associates Ltd||De Paul House (Rodney)|
|Cooper and Co||Shine (Refuge)|
|Lion New Zealand||Te Roopu O Te Whanau Rangimarie O Tamaki Makaurau|
|KPMG||HBC Grandparents Parenting Grandchildren|
|Ovato Publishing Solutions||Love Soup|
|Hokowhitu Children's Centre||Palmerston North Refuge|
|The Factory||Just Zilch|
|APEC NZ, Ministry of Foreign
Affairs and Trade
English Language Partners
(Refugee & New Immigrants)
|NZ Infrastructure Commission||Single parent families|
|Deloitte (photo included)|
|Cavell Leitch Lawyers||Birthright Canterbury|
|Pinnacle and Co||Aviva (Women's Refuge)|
|Forsyth Barr||Dunedin Curtain Bank|
|Marsh Insurance||Te Whare Pounamu Refuge|
|MTF Finance||Presbyterian Support|
|Mercy Hospital||Presbyterian Support (Buddy)|
|Rothbury Insurance Brokers||Corstorphine Community Hub|
|New World (Long Bay)||INDIVIDUAL DONORS|
|Vineyard Church Youth||Brittany Watson & Friends|
|Auckland Grammar||Anna Logan|
|Corbans Art Estate||UWNZ Donors via Catalyser|
|Ohana Group||United Way Payroll Donors|
|Catalyser online Platform||Di Daniels - Digital Wings|
It's been an amazing effort by a collective of people who have shown they really care.
Thank you for helping support families throughout NZ in 2020, roll on 2021!