Catalytic Philanthropy In Action

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


Workplace giving helps regional communities

It's easy to give! The people in need in your community will benefit from this collective funding we collate for regional community charities. To find out more about how you can help your regional community organisations with the necessary work they do please click here

"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!"

[email protected]

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. 

Warm regards,

Teresa Moore
CEO 
Catalytic Foundation


Community needs survey 2021

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. 

Please click here for survey information 


Survey results from Frontline Charities during Covid-19

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.

If you can provide financial resources for frontline charities please click here

 


Auckland Community Awards

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)
  • Shine

Photo: Curtesy of the wonderful team at Xero who donated gifts for the Christmas Shoebox Project

 

 


Frontline Charities supported in South Canterbury

Congratulations!

We were very pleased to award our first community grants of 2021, in Timaru at the Community House. Congratulations to Centrecare Counselling Waimate, Te Aitarakihi Trust, Multicultural Aoraki, Gloriavale Leavers' Support Trust, Victim Support South Canterbury and KiwiCan (Graeme Dingle Foundation). It was wonderful to be amongst such amazing people who are really making a difference in the South Canterbury Community.

Thank you Liz Shea and Rosie from Community Trust of Mid & South Canterbury and Martin Reynecke from Perpetual Guardian for your help with our Community Grant selection process.

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.

If you would like to contribute to the South Canterbury Fund please Donate here or visit our Workplace/payroll giving page.

 


Dell Technology support community charities in Palmerston North

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.

         


Dell Technology support our young people

Thank you Dell Technologies NZ for donating laptops for our community charities: 
Shore Junction received 6 laptops to support their youth innovation hub, in Auckland.
This will help provide computers for programming and to support innovation, learning and creativity


1556 Christmas boxes delivered to families

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
MANAWATU  MANAWATU
Hokowhitu Children's Centre  Palmerston North Refuge 
The Factory Just Zilch
WELLINGTON WELLINGTON (PORIRUA)
APEC NZ, Ministry of Foreign
Affairs and Trade
English Language Partners
(Refugee & New Immigrants)
NZ Infrastructure Commission Single parent families
Deloitte (photo included)  
AIA (Wellington)  
CHRISTCHURCH CHRISTCHURCH
Cavell Leitch Lawyers Birthright Canterbury 
Pinnacle and Co Aviva (Women's Refuge)
Grant Thornton  
DUNEDIN DUNEDIN REGION
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
COMMUNITY DONORS   
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!

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