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Sustainable philanthropy as a core value

Spotlight on Teresa Moore, CEO of the Catalytic Foundation

Teresa Moore has been at the helm of the Catalytic Foundation since 2018. During this time, she has used her compassionate nature, business acumen, financial savviness, and people skills to drive social change throughout Aotearoa. However, going forward, she sees the need to strengthen the connection between young people and the natural environment.

Through her work with over 200 charities nationwide, Teresa has identified that building the connection between young people and the natural environment is highly beneficial for the environment and those youths who connect with charities throughout Aotearoa because of their personal challenges. This also reflects a step toward achieving the United Nation’s sustainable development goal relating to education that focusses on ensuring inclusive and quality education for all and promoting lifelong learning.

She said, “I believe our young people can really benefit from learning in and about the natural environment. Through the charities we work with, I can see that many of our young people are struggling because they don’t feel like they have a direction or purpose in life. Once the charities we work alongside help these young people establish a sense of purpose, their lives turn around for the better. For me, I can see the dual benefit of supporting charities that encourage these young people to build a passion for the environment.”

Teresa understands the sense of responsibility and benefits a connection with the environment brings because of her foundations in marine biology and sustainability. Teresa has a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology and earned a Master of Management with her thesis on renewable energy. This passion and experience has well-equipped her to identify the benefits and challenges of supporting community projects with an environmental focus.

Teresa said, “It is my lifelong ambition to care for the environment and to pass on an appreciation for the environment to future generations. Planting the seeds of environmental awareness in the fertile minds of the young is like planting a tree. With time and nurturing, this seed grows into a steadfast force, shaping individual actions and influencing future choices. Early environmental education helps children and young people develop the roots that ground their values, the branches that reach towards sustainable choices, and the leaves that reflect green initiatives in every aspect of life. Learning about the environment at a young age is not merely an act of planting a tree; it is about growing a forest of guardians for our planet's future."

Teresa has had the opportunity to witness first-hand the benefits of getting youths involved in caring for our environment by leveraging the Catalytic Foundation work with Sustainable Coastlines (volunteering and STEM education activities) and as an umbrella charity for Within Nature. The Northland charity WithinNature helps youth face their challenges by refocusing them on whakapakari whenua (regenerating the land). The youth, who are directed to the programme through youth providers and marae, work on restoring degraded ecosystems and revitalising the land while strengthening their cultural identity, learning leadership skills, and understanding the need to care for, and not exploit, the land.  

Explaining how she fell in love with nature, Teresa said, “I was born in Whangārei and while visiting my grandfather, I would sit on the wharf at Port Albert, and listen to him talk about the ecosystem around us. I fell in love with the ocean because of its life force. That passion has helped me pursue opportunities I would never have thought possible.”

For example, Teresa went on to work as a scientist aboard deep-sea trawlers and has sailed in every major ocean around the world. She established a sailing boat charter company in NZ and Tonga and has also served as CEO for the Sir Peter Blake Marine Education Centre. She accredits the inspiration for this work to those earlier days with her grandfather, her mentor, who took the time to show her the environment around her. 

Teresa’s current work with the Catalytic Foundation sees her supporting youth charities and social based services from Northland to Invercargill. She plays an active role in obtaining and managing large donations to ensure smaller charities, who may not have the capacity or skills to access larger grants, are given financial support, mentoring, and any other help they may need.

In addition to this, as CEO of the Catalytic Foundation, Teresa works closely with companies to help them meet their sustainable development goals and attract and retain the best staff by involving them in bespoke volunteering opportunities, as part of the quarterly Catalytic community support campaigns.

Teresa believes mighty trees grow from small seeds! If you too would like to support our environment, our youth and their mentors, please consider becoming a regular donor to the Catalytic Foundation. For further details please click here. 


Fund supports single parent/caregiver families

Isolation is very much a reality for sole parent/caregiver families, having limited support from other family members and friends. Birthright has regional branches that keep in regular contact to support families and their individual family needs. 

Families have shared their feelings of not being able to have any respite, as having to be available for their children 24/7. This can take a toll on mental health and well-being, as they are the only adult in the household. Basic needs such as food, heating, clothing and bedding have also increased during this time, making stress levels even higher.

Donations to the Catalytic Community Fund help to ensure sole parents/caregivers and their children are supported and getting what they need. 

Birthright supports families to be nurtured, inspired and resilient, and is the only organisation in Aotearoa New Zealand that specialises in working with families led by one person. This support is vital now more than ever before because of the cost-of-living crisis. Sole parent families can be a mother, father, grandmother, other whanau member or adult. They are some of the most vulnerable groups in our society, and we can assist them in their time of need. 

All DONATIONS to the Catalytic Foundation Community Grants are tax deductible and 100% (less credit card fee) and you can nominate charities in your region to get the support. 


Catalytic supports Auckland charities

Over the last year the Catalytic Foundation has supported the following 7 community charities in the Auckland region with financial support.

This has been made possible by our Payday Donors who pay a small sum each payday, so collectively we can support important work being done in our community. 

  • Living Without Violence (Waiheke Island Network) Inc.
 
  • Budgeting and Family Support Services - Mangere, Tuakau and Otara
 
  • Estuary Arts Orewa - Neurodiversity and Inclusion Art Exhibition
 
  • Love Soup Hibiscus Coast - Food Rescue
 
  • Sweet Louise - supporting people with incurable Breast Cancer
 
  • Woven Earth - helping family violence survivors by furnishing their houses 
 
  • Element One Trust - Backpacks4School in West Auckland
 

Letter of thanks from Love Soup – The Hibiscus Coast Team

" Many of our families already experience financial hardship, then on top of that, the additional stress of damage to their homes and personal items during the floods.  It was such a blessing to be able to pass on a backpack filled with essential school items to help restore some normality for the children so they can get back to focusing on their education."

From Tracey

 


Working with Northland Charities to help whanau

Through the generous giving from our online and company donors we were able to drive through the Auckland Covid border at 5am on the 15th December, to deliver 296 Christmas boxes to two very hard-working family support charities in Kaitaia.

The first stop was at Whare Timatatanga Hou Ora (Kaitaia Womens Refuge), where we were greeted by the team, ready to receive the carefully wrapped parcels for their whanau in need. The team told us that many families leave their homes in a hurry during a domestic violence situations, so they were not only thankful for the lovely gifts for each member of the family, but also the essential personal items included in the boxes.

Our second stop was to deliver Christmas boxes to Te Rarawa social services in the centre of Kaitaia, and we received the following feedback: 

Te Rarawa social services would like to take this opportunity to thank the Christmas Shoebox Appeal for the time and effort in gaining resources that our organisation could distribute to whanau in need during the Christmas period 2021. The gifts were welcomed by whanau and their children with excitement and helped relieve some of the financial stresses whanau faced during this time.  Below, I have attached some feedback received from families and workers who had the pleasure of delivering these shoeboxes.

Many, many thanks to the shoe box appeal organizers who tirelessly continue to give. The cause has not gone unnoticed or unappreciated. Again, many thanks for helping make a positive difference for our whanau in our Community.

"Whanau were very thankful and appreciative in receiving the shoe box gifts".

"Very thankful as they were unable to financially provide for the children last year due to COVID.  The uncertainty of having enough provisions.  When the gifts were given the faces on the children lit up.  Many wanting to open them up and taking guess of what could be in them".

"My whanau were very grateful and appreciative receiving their shoe boxes, as some were in a really hard place going into the holidays".

"Receiving them gave a little bit of joy as seeing their babies open a present and the happiness it brought them started their holidays off on a good note".

"Spoke with caregiver today she was very appreciative of the boxes, she said it really helped for her moko to have presents" 

"All the whanau were amazed with the boxes they were gifted and how the gifts they received in the boxes were so on point for their children".

"I had a 14 year old boy who was very humbled by the gifts he got. He never expected anything and was so overwhelmed".

"Young girls were so excited being able to explore what was inside their gift boxes".


The Catalytic Foundation would like to thank the charities involved who provide such important family services in the Far North, our donors, and our volunteers including: Luana Smith who helped drive the Ute with our CEO Teresa Moore to Kaitaia and George Makene for the use of your vehicle.  Collectively we made a difference.

Photos: Unloading at Te Rarawa Social Services

 


Black Fern supports Tauranga youth

When Cheyelle Robins-Reti contacted the Catalytic Foundation about supporting the Christmas Shoebox Appeal in Tauranga we were excited. Cheyelle was in France on tour at the time, so we put the wheels in motion to ensure we could make Christmas a happy time for rangatahi in Tauranga.

Through our contacts at the Acorn Foundation we were connected with Tanya Grimstone at Te Aranui Youth Trust. 

They were very thankful thankful for the Christmas boxes. Cheyelle also provided sports gear for the young people which was amazing.  They had a great party with their rangatahi and have also been able to spread the joy with the extra gifts being distributed by Police youth workers.

"We work with vulnerable youth in the Western Bay of Plenty between the ages of 7-14.  We also support and work with the Police Youth Development Team and the Police Family Harm Team so we were delighted to be able to support these organisations to get gifts to some of our youth". 

Thank you very much for considering us. Ngā mihi nui. Tanya Grimstone

 


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!"

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