Thank you to JCDecaux

The Catalytic Foundation would like to thank JCDecaux for sponsoring $300,000 worth of billboard advertising for us. We can't wait to see our name in lights and gather community support for our campaigns!

JCDecaux's support will enable us to raise community awareness about our brand and, most importantly, our community campaigns, like the Christmas Shoebox Project and Backpacks4Education.

  • The Christmas Shoebox Project is run annually. We provide between 3,000-5,000 boxes filled with new toys, clothes, household essentials (toothbrushes, toothpaste), books, and school supplies to families living in hardship across Aotearoa. We work alongside over 115 charities nationwide to identify the families that need these special boxes for their children. 
  • The Backpacks4Education campaign is run annually at the beginning of the year. This campaign involves providing backpacks filled with essential school items, like a lunchbox, a drink bottle, a filled pencil case, workbooks, and other essential items to the charities we work alongside who have identified this as a need. Often the charities that receive these backpacks are assisting families who have suddenly found themselves homeless or fleeing family harm situations with their children and unable to take any belongings with them. We are able to give these charities backpacks so the children can get established into a new school and a familiar, comforting, routine as quickly as possible.

Hopefully this exposure enables us to gather more donations of new toys, household items, books, and clothing from both individuals and also businesses. We will start advertising our Christmas Shoebox Campaign on billboards across the country in just over a month.

Teresa Moore, CEO of the Catalytic Foundation, says “This support from JCDecaux will be instrumental in increasing awareness around the important campaigns we run across Aotearoa, like Backpacks4Education and the Christmas Shoebox Project. With this increased awareness we hope to gather more donations for our campaigns, which will enable us to provide vital support for families living in hardship across Aotearoa.”

JCDecaux have both electronic and traditional print billboards right across the country. You can find out more about their services at

Matariki celebration event with Xabilities

This Matariki, the Catalytic Foundation are supporting a free community workshop being hosted by Xabilities, which will help the community learn and understand about Takiwātanga (autism) from a lived experience, in honour of Matariki celebrations.

The Xabilities team will present this workshop as an offering to whanau to enter the new year with resources and tools to help their community better understand neurodiversity and autism.

The presentation will be delivered by Tamara Grant, who has 11 years of work experience in the neurodiversity space and is autistic herself, as well as a mother of two.

This Matariki event will be hosted at Shore Junction, 19 Northcote Road, Takapuna 0622, ​Auckland

Date: Matariki day of celebration, Friday 28th of June - at 1:00pm

Please click this link to RSVP for this free community event and we look forward to seeing you on the day!   

Nau mai haere mai!


Thank you to Dow for supporting this event, as part of the grant we received to support neurodiversity and inclusion. 




Over $500,000 distributed to local charities last month

Last month, the Catalytic Foundation distributed $513,393 to 113 community charities throughout Aotearoa. 

These grants were possible because of generous donations made by the Tindall Foundation, Otago Polytechnic, Mercy Hospital, individual donors and payday givers throughout the country.

We are beyond grateful for the support of these people and organisations because we recognise and understand how reliant communities are on small charities to fill voids where other services fall short.

The grants we award to our community charities are highly valued because we allow them to cover their operational costs, like staff wages and electricity bills, with this money. Currently, there is a trend by funders to support projects, which is great, but it ignores the fact that charities need some basic foundations to enable them to operate, like administrative assistance, power, and water. Without these basics, the charity cannot function and the essential support the community needs cannot happen. Our grants fill these voids.

We award these grants to local small community organisations because they are the ones who understand the needs in their local area and are directly providing help to the community they serve. Unfortunately, these charities, while being the backbone of their community, are severely underfunded because large charities are taking more than their share of donations. It is hard for small charities to find the resources to compete for funding against the big guys.

Did you know that 91% of all donations in New Zealand go to just 9% of the charities? That leaves smaller charities fighting for just 9% of all donations made in New Zealand. We think it is time to turn the tables on this and ensure that community charities are well funded. 

At the Catalytic Foundation we understand that donors want to ensure their money is put to good use. To provide our donors with confidence that the charities we provide grants to are highly respected in their communities, we send volunteer Catalytic Ambassadors to speak to every charity before they are awarded a grant. These ambassadors thoroughly examine each charity's financial situation, reporting and management procedures, role in their community, and their outcomes and impact. The charities who meet these criteria are then eligible for the Catalytic Foundation's endorsed charity status. This status is reviewed annually. 

We are now accepting contributions into our 2025 donation pool. We would love you to join us so that we can support local community charities across the country please CLICK HERE.

Hearts@Work - services for Community Organisations

For the last 46 years, charities throughout New Zealand have applied to the Catalytic Foundation for grant funding. Through this process we have identified key stresses on organisations that can prevent or take them away from their core community work.

We are often told about the need for coaching and specialist services, such as fundraising, organisational development, IT and HR, for community organisations, so we have decided to help.

The Catalytic Foundation professional team and our skilled volunteers have set up Hearts@Work programme to provide services that can build capacity, strong foundations and networks for charities, often at no cost to the charity.

Applications are currently available for this service, please contact us today for further information

2024 Auckland and Northland Community Grants

Over the course of the last year, our payroll givers in the Auckland region have accumulated a donation pool that has allowed us to award the following charities with a financial grant for 2024:

* Hibiscus Coast Grandparents Parenting Grandchildren Inc - supporting grandparents in the Rodney region
* Kindred Family Services - Women's refuge and family support in the Helensville / Rodney region
* Long Bay Okura Great Park Society - Organising volunteers to protecting the Long Bay Okura Marine and land reserves
* Crescendo - Supporting rangtahi in Auckland to develop their skills through music
* Fair Food - Redistributing food to communities groups in West and South Auckland
* Xabilities - Establishing NZ first neurodiversity centre at Albany, Auckland
* WithIn Nature - Whangarei based charity providing skill development for rangatahi by working on the land.
* I AM HOPE - Youth Mental Health Counselling  
* Lifewise Cafe - Providing quality food for homeless people in K Road, centre of Auckland 

Thank you to these community organisations for the amazing work you are doing for our rangatahi and families in the Auckland/Northland region.

Thank you also to our amazing payroll givers who give so generously by paying it forward every payday.
If you would like to join our payroll givers and help build our donation pool, learn more by clicking here


2024 Southland Community Grant Awards

Because of a generous donation made by The Tindall Foundation, we were able to award the following Southland charities with grants for 2024:

  • NZ Council of Victim Support
  • Lighthouse Southland
  • Kahu Youth Trust
  • Southland Beneficiaries and Community Rights Centre
  • YMCA of Invercargill Charitable Trust
  • Flying Geese Trust

These charities all do amazing, and much-needed work in their community. We are proud to be able to support them with both a financial grant and the Catalytic Foundation's endorsed charity status.


2024 South Canterbury Community Grants

Catalytic Ambassador, Liz Shea, kindly hosted a lunch for the recipients of the Catalytic Foundation's community grants for 2024.

The recipients of these grants were:

  • NZ Council of Victim Support Groups Inc. South Canterbury
  • English Language Partners Aoraki
  • Geraldine Family & Youth Trust
  • Citizens Advice Bureau South Canterbury Inc.
  • Centrecare Counselling Waimate

Thank you to The Tindall Foundation and individual payday donors for making these grants possible!

Otago Catalytic Community Grant Awards

Otago Polytechnic recently hosted an Otago Community Grant Awards evening, where we were able to announce the recipients of $189,130 worth of community grants.Congratulations to all of the recipients. The work you do in your community is making a positive impact on the lives of others and we are glad we can help you continue to make a difference.

To our supporters who made this all possible - THANK YOU!! Your generous contributions have made a world of difference to the people in your community. These include, The Tindal Foundation, Otago Polytechnic Charity House project, Mercy Hospital, Polsen Higgs, and our individual Payday donors. You are utterly amazing!

The recipients of the grants in Otago were:

  • Presbyterian Support Otago Inc
  • Be Heard Children's Counselling Trust
  • Volunteer South | Kaituao o te Taitonga
  • Dunedin Curtain Bank
  • Youthline Otago Inc
  • Heart Kids NZ - Otago
  • Stopping Violence Dunedin Inc
  • Te Hou Ora Whānau Services
  • SuperGrans Dunedin Charitable Trust
  • Pregnancy Help Incorporated Dunedin Branch
  • Dunedin Community Mediation
  • North East Valley Community Development Project Inc (The Valley Project)
  • Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust
  • Otago Youth Wellness Trust
  • Life Education Trust Coastal Otago
  • Dunedin Community Transport Trust (Plus Bus)
  • Pivotal Point Charitable Trust
  • Methodist Mission Southern
  • Musselburgh Rise Community Trust
  • Dunedin Group Riding for the Disabled Association Incorporated
  • Waitaki Multicultural Council
  • Life Education Trust Heartland Otago Southland
  • English Language Partners Dunedin
  • Disability Information Service t/a Livingwell Disability Resource Centre
  • The Straight Up Trust (Rock Solid Youth Development Programmes)
  • The Brain Injury Association Otago
  • Whakatipu Youth Trust
  • Digital Future Aotearoa
  • NZ Council Of Victim Support Groups Inc.
  • Age Concern Otago
  • The Work Opportunities Trust
  • Strath Taieri Connect Charitable Trust.
  • Connections Education and Development Trust: Studio2
  • Central Otago Friendship Network
  • People First New Zealand Inc. - Ngā Tāngata Tuatahi
  • Central Otago Budgeting Services
  • Happiness House
  • Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Trust NZ
  • Social Impact Studio, University of Otago
  • Cromwell Youth Trust
  • The Nest Collective NZ Charitable Trust

2024 Christchurch Community Awards

Thank you to Cavell Leitch for hosting our Community Grant Awards event in Christchurch. It was an amazing event and we heard from each charity we support about the important work they do in Canterbury. 

Through the generosity of our donors including The Tindall Foundation, and payday donors from Christchurch businesses such as Pinnacle & Co. Ltd, we were able to award 34 charities in the Canterbury region a total of $136,277 in funding.

Thank you to our volunteer ambassadors who met and assessed the community charities that we supported. All community organisations received an endorsement from the Catalytic Foundation to help their fundraising. 

Congratulations to the recipients.

* Project Esther Trust
* Queenspark Community Trust
* Adventure Specialties Trust
* Community Development Network
* Phillipstown Community Hub
* Rowley Community Centre
* Lyttleton Community House
* Women's Centre Incorporated
* Moral Compass Trust
* Spreydon Youth Community Trust
* Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Canterbury
* The Hope Community Trust
* Pathway Trust NZ
* Compassion Trust
* Shirley Community Trust
* 24-7YouthWork
* Big Brothers Big Sisters of Christchurch
* Rachel's House Trust
* Youthline Central South Island
* Papanui Youth Development Trust - PYDT
* La Vida Youth Trust
* Waimak Open Door
* Life Education Trust - Canterbury
* The Loft Charitable Trust
* Graeme Dingle Foundation Canterbury
* Battered Women's Trust
* Victim Support NZ
* Kidz Need Dadz Christchurch
* English Language Partners Christchurch
* Strengthening Linwood Youth Trust
* Crossroads Youth With a Future Trust - Stay Real
* Birthright Canterbury
* Wainoni Avonside Community Services Trust
* PIPS Pregnancy Infancy Parenting Support



Manawatu Catalytic Community Grant Awards

This month the Catalytic Foundation, with the help of our donors and volunteer ambassadors, we have distributed over $120,000 in donations to 19 community charities across the Manawatu, Horowhenua and Whanganui regions.

We would like to thank the Palmerston North City Council and Mayor Grant Smith for the wonderful function they put on for our community charities. It was great to hear from the hardworking and passionate charities we are supporting.

Thank you to Catalytic Foundation Payday donors from Gallagher Insurance and Palmerston North City Council.

And thank you to The Tindall Foundation for your generous contributions towards this community fund over the last 25 years!

The Community Charities we supported are:

* Big Brothers Big Sisters of Manawatu
* Horowhenua SuperGrans trading as Skills4Living
* Levin Christian Care Trust, t/a Living Well Counselling Centre
* English Language Partners New Zealand
* Age Concern Horowhenua
* Legacy Centre
* Parentline Manawatu Inc.
* Camellia House
* Parent to Parent Manawatu
* Manawatu Multicultural Council
* Palmerston North Women's Refuge Trust
* The Free Store (Trading as Just Zilch)
* English Language Partners Whanganui
* NZ Council Of Victim Support Groups Inc.
* City Mission Whanganui
* Hakeke Street Community Centre
* Women's Network Whanganui
* Birthright Wanganui Incorporated
* Whanganui Toy Library