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 support for community organisations.

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 fundraising services, so we have decided to help through our skilled staff and [email protected] programme. 

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 keen to help were we can.

Warm regards,

Teresa Moore
CEO 
Catalytic Foundation


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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Shimano keeps it local to support Kiwis through Covid-19

Several frontline community charities the length of New Zealand are supporting a greater number of New Zealanders manage the effects of Covid-19 thanks to the ingenuity and community spirit of Shimano New Zealand Ltd.

 

When United Way New Zealand launched our #Unite20 campaign in April to get emergency funding directly to community charities managing a surge in demand for services alongside a reduction in funding channels, Shimano New Zealand stepped up with an exciting proposal. In the spirit of Kiwi mateship and ingenuity, the team decided to donate 5% of all sales across the country during May and June to the #Unite20 Appeal. Just like that, Shimano’s Support your Local initiative was quickly launched.

United Way New Zealand CEO, Teresa Moore says Support Your Local represented everything United Way New Zealand stands for.

“United Way New Zealand’s vision is to provide every New Zealander with the ability to support their community, whether through volunteering, regular payroll giving or one-off donations. By designing a giving initiative including its national customer and stakeholder community, Shimano truly brought our vision to life.”

Shimano New Zealand Marketing Manager, Yvette Johnson, said the team was inspired by United Way New Zealand’s #Unite20 campaign as it directed funding quickly into many frontline community charities across the country.

“We’re a business which operates in communities of all sizes across New Zealand. We were pleased to find a partner with a firm track record in the community sector, which could get funding to the smaller charities working in communities all over the country.”

Shimano’s funding has been distributed to charities and not-for-profits supporting struggling New Zealanders from Kaitaia to Dunedin.

“Our research showed that 98% of New Zealand charities and not-for-profits have been affected by Covid-19. Thanks to the generosity of both individuals and corporate partners such as Shimano, we have raised over $240,000 which is enabling community charities all across the country to continue their critical work at a time when our communities need them the most,”

“Small actions when combined together result in very significant impacts,” says Moore.

The United Way New Zealand #Unite 20 Appeal has been extended until November. If you’d like to join those helping community charities support New Zealanders doing it tough, you can read about the charities and donate here.


CRESCENDO Trust of Aotearoa

The Catalytic Foundation is proud to be working with youth charities such as the Crescendo Trust of Aotearoa. This Auckland music trust is a visionary, unique and professional social enterprise that grows young people between the ages of 12-24 across various satellite hubs across Auckland. They provide services such as sound production, band and music groups and other creative areas. 

As a social enterprise, Crescendo works to provide opportunities for young people in Aotearoa through a range of commercial services. They generate income through gigs, event management, video and sound production, and integrate this into their programmes. Not only does this provide Crescendo with revenue, but also real-life work experience and income opportunities for their rangatahi.
 

-EMPOWERING RANGATAHI TO ACHIEVE THEIR DREAMS-