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24 days till Christmas

Christmas is in 24 days, but for some families this is not a celebration...

In our 2022 Needs Survey Community charities reported that families are:

  • Sharing one toothbrush amongst the entire family
  • Deciding whether to buy food or pay the power bill
  • Stressed by their financial constraints
  • Not looking forward to Christmas

The Christmas Shoebox Project provides a way for the community to show they care!  A small donation ensures every child gets a box of presents and essentials and their families are supported by our accredited community partners. 

We have bases throughout Aotearoa ready to receive gifts and donations for the Christmas Shoebox Project. Let's help every child in NZ celebrate this Christmas! 

REGISTER HERE
to give gifts for a Christmas Box


Click here to
DONATE A CHRISTMAS BOX

Thank you for caring for families in your community and we wish you a very happy Christmas from the Catalytic Team


25 days till Christmas Eve

Christmas is in 25 days, but for some families this is not a celebration...

Our community charities have reported back to us in our recent '2022 Needs Survey' that families are:

  • Sharing one toothbrush amongst the entire family
  • Deciding whether to buy food or pay the power bill
  • Stressed by their financial constraints
  • Not looking forward to Christmas

The Christmas Shoebox Project provides a way for the community to show they care!  A small donation ensures every child gets a box of presents and essentials at Christmas and the family is supported with necessary services by our community partners. 

Filling Christmas boxes can be fun!
We have 5 bases in Auckland, Whanganui, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin and support many regional communities with this campaign

REGISTER HERE
for Christmas boxes


Click here to
DONATE A CHRISTMAS BOX

Thank you for caring for families in your community, we wish you a very happy Christmas from the Team at the Catalytic Foundation


33 Days till Christmas

Christmas is in 33 days, but for some families this is not a celebration...

Our community charities have reported back to us in our recent '2022 Needs Survey' that families are:

  • Sharing one toothbrush amongst the entire family
  • Deciding whether to buy food or pay the power bill
  • Stressed by their financial constraints
  • Not looking forward to Christmas

The Christmas Shoebox Project provides a way for the community to show they care!  A small donation ensures every child gets a box of presents and essentials at Christmas and the family is supported with necessary services by our community partners. 

Filling Christmas boxes can be fun!
We have 5 bases in Auckland, Whanganui, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin and support many regional communities with this campaign

 

REGISTER HERE
for Christmas boxes


Click here to
DONATE A CHRISTMAS BOX

Thank you for caring for families in your community, we wish you a very happy Christmas from the Team at the Catalytic Foundation


Otago Polytechnic Charity House A Success for the Community

Otago Polytechnic Charity House Auction a success

Otago Polytechnic’s 16TH annual Charity House Auction, held on Saturday 19 November, raised $110,000 for a range of community groups,

Around 50 people attended the 15th Charity House auction at Otago Polytechnic’s Carpentry facility, at which a fully furnished four-bedroom home was sold for $405,000, eclipsing the previous record (set in 2021) of $365,000.

At the conclusion of the bidding process at Otago Polytechnic’s L Block, Dr Megan Gibbons, Otago Polytechnic Chief Executive, presented Catalytic Foundation Chair John Gallaher with a cheque for $110,000.

“We are proud to play a part in a project that provides benefits to many others,” Dr Megan Gibbons, Executive Director Otago Polytechnic, said.

The Charity House project exemplifies the applied learning approach that Otago Polytechnic provides, highlighting the skills and work ethic of all the many learners involved, along with the passion and commitment of our teaching staff.”

Catalytic Foundation Chair John Gallaher said the organisation would distribute the proceeds from the sale of the Charity House to small to medium community-based charities.

“The Charity House project has demonstrated the power and impact of individuals and organisations joining together and using their particular skills to support those in need in their community.

“We would like to thank Otago Polytechnic staff and carpentry students as well as all the local businesses who contributed so generously to the fit-out of the houses. Strong and resilient communities are built from the support of those who ‘can’, helping those in need.”

Charity House sponsors: Active, Allison Carey Architectural Designer, Aotea Electric, Bayley’s Metro, Carpet Court, Design Windows, Dimond Roofing, Dulux, Foleys, Gib, HN Makeovers, Ideal, Kitchens For Less, Mammoth Insulation, McNeilly Heavy Haulage, Mediaworks, Oakleys, Otago Design, Philips, Placemakers, Schneider Electric, Serene Living, Spotless, Timeless, Viridian, Vision, Windsor Brass.


Gumboot Day Walk of Hope, Friday Nov 4th

Register here

To join for the WALK OF HOPE

Meet at Regus:155 Fanshawe Street, Auckland CBD.  

Don’t forget to wear your gumboots and bring your phone! 

All participants receive: I AM HOPE hat, wristband and map.

2pm: Start your walk around Auckland's Viaduct.

*3500 steps for every person who attempted to take their life last year.

Follow the map provided and stop to take photos and do fun activities.
Upload your photos to social media, using the hashtags #gumbootupNZ  #gumbootfriday  #IAMHOPE

4pm: Meet at finish line for refreshments and a live broadcast with Mike King at O’Hagans, Auckland's Viaduct, from 4pm onwards.

To sponsor the walk and donate to I AM HOPE please click the donate button

DONATE 

This fundraising event is sponsored by Dell Technology and organised by the Catalytic Foundation to raise money for I AM HOPE mental health counsellors.


Donate to the Catalytic Foundation Community Fund

Give to those most in need!

By donating to the Catalytic Foundation Community Chest you will support New Zealanders in their time of need.  All frontline community charities we support are accredited by Catalytic Foundation, to ensure donations go to where it is required the most. If you have a specific region you would like to support please note this in the message section of your donation. 

If you are donating to the Christmas Shoebox Project, please ensure you write 2022Xmas in the donation message and your region.  If you would like us to put together a Christmas Box filled with essential items and gifts for a child, on your behalf, the suggested donation is $50/Christmas Box. 

Tax eligible in NZ: you can receive a 33% NZ charitable giving tax credit on donations over $5.00. All donors receive a tax receipt and E-newsletters about their social impact.

To avoid credit card fees you may like to donate to the Catalytic Foundation bank account: 12-3067-0187344-00
Catalytic Foundation donations are securely processed by Stripe, a secure e-commerce platform.

2022 Community Needs Survey

The Catalytic Foundation are asking community organisations for 4 minutes of their time to complete this quick community survey. This is a check on community organisations well-being and resource requirements in 2022/23. The results will be collated by the Catalytic Foundation to help us advocate for organisations with donors wanting to help their communities.

All charities that participate in this survey will be in the draw to win a DELL laptop to help with IT needs.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank community organisations who participated in our three previous community needs surveys, we obtained very important feedback about the affect of the Covid-19 pandemic and rising costs on community organisations and their social services. This 4th survey will provide further insight into the challenges faced by our community in 2022 and over the coming year.

Click here to start the 4 minute community needs survey


Youth Mental Health

#Youth2022 - Catalytic Youth Mental Health Campaign

Mental health services are in a poorer state than they were four years ago with clinicians struggling to care for the sickest patients, a top doctor says, raising serious doubts about pledges to dramatically improve the service in the face of increasing demand. 

Through our accredited community organisations listed below, we have seen the direct ways young people with mental health concerns can be supported in a way which meets their immediate needs. These frontline community organisations are working to provide professional, direct help along with ongoing community support for young people.

Choose from one of the following charities and 100% of your donation will go to providing their vital mental health services to our young people:  

  • Youthline - Nationwide call centre
  • Youth In Transition - Wrap-around support in Rodney, Auckland
  • AMPSS101 - Mental health and housing needs in Timaru
  • Life Matters Suicide Prevention - Dunedin

 

CLICK HERE TO DONATE


"Donations received ensure we can continue to help our young people create a life worth living, and provide them with the ongoing wrap-around support they and their families need".
Tina Jones, Co-Founder and Director of Youth in Transition


Thank you to Urban Bounty who are donating $5 from every purchase over $50 from their online garden soul store in September.  Customers just need to put YOUTH in the order notes to support. 


Pay Day Giving

Payday giving is a small but effective way to make a big change in the lives of those in your community who are finding life a little tougher right now.

If you donate just $5 each week to Catalytic Foundation, in a year you will give us $260 to support local charities who are providing grass roots care in your community.

The best bit is that we supply a tax receipt so you can claim one-third of your donation back at the end of the financial year. So really, your $260 donation ends up costing you around $170!

That's a win for everyone!

If you would like to make that change today
please click here for more information

We would love to have you on board! 


Pitney Bowes volunteering day 2022

I would like to say thank you to the team at Pitney Bowes for making me feel very welcome at my first-ever volunteering day as a member of the Catalytic Foundation team. The volunteering day, held in early July 2022, supported both our Edu2022 campaign and our Warm Winters campaign. Pitney Bowes team

The day started with the team forming a very enthusiastic assembly line to fill backpacks with school supplies like pencil cases, stationery, books, lunchboxes and drink bottles. Each bag was assembled taking into consideration what a child of that age would like and need. We assembled 40 backpacks in total. We had quite a few laughs as we passed the backpacks around and it was a lot of fun.

After a quick break for morning tea, we moved on to sorting through a massive pile of clothing donated by the NZ Olympic Committee. We ensured all clothes were in excellent condition (they already were!) before sorting them into summer and winter piles. We then neatly folded them and packed them into bags ready to donate to De Paul House.

Once we had loaded the cars we headed to De Paul House in Northcote where we were met by Lesley. Lesley told us that often families turn up to De Paul house with nothing because they have urgently had to leave a domestic violence situation or they have been displaced from their housing with little notice and no option to return to collect their belongings. For the children in these families, this means they do not have the necessary equipment to go to school. We gave all 40 backpacks to De Paul House. The Social Workers were very excited about them because they would help the kids in De Paul house settle into school and feel more secure with a daily routine. De Paul house also offers parents courses, like cooking and budgeting, during school hours so the whole family can be supported and helped towards a better life. Finally, we had a tour of the facilities in De Paul House and learnt quite a bit about the type of support they both give and need.

Pitney Bowes assembly lineDe Paul house was also thankful for the very warm jackets and winter clothes donated by the NZ Olympic committee. With the weather starting to turn icy, they were going to work to get them out to their community straight away.

We finished the volunteering day with a relaxing lunch at a local café, which was kindly funded by Pitney Bowes. We talked about what we had gained from the day, and more specifically, about the work of De Paul House.

The summer clothing will be kept for another campaign when the weather starts to warm up.

Pitney Bowes is an American based company that specialises in mail technology solutions, like letter folding machines and envelope printers, support and encourage their staff to be involved in giving back to the community by matching pay-day giving and giving staff paid opportunities to do volunteer work. We know that these are important factors in encouraging staff job satisfaction and retention. If you would like to know more about how the Catalytic Foundation can help your organisation establish an environment of corporate social giving, please contact us.

I am looking forward to being involved in more volunteering days like this. 

By Jacqui Barker, Communications and Administration, Catalytic Foundation