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Catalytic Philanthrophy - Hearts@Work

The Catalytic Foundation Hearts@Work programme provides mentoring and capacity building support for community charities in specialist areas of need. 

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 Hearts@Work 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 facilitate this support. 

We are currently looking for sponsors for Hearts@Work projects in 2024.  

Please contact me for further information. 

Teresa Moore
Catalytic Foundation - CEO

Community Needs are rising

Every year, the Catalytic Foundation conducts a Community Needs Survey to help us better understand what charities need, how people are using their service, and, most importantly, how we can help.
This year, the survey results have been eye-opening, with a massive 98% of charities saying they are seeing an increase in demand for their services. This is a big jump on previous years and shows the community-level impact of the cost-of-living crisis.
Our survey reflects 208 responses from 199 individual community organisations based across New Zealand.
A Christchurch medical support charity said, "We have noted over the past 8-12 months that families need greater support with food items. As such, we now have two family pantries and run a weekly dinner programme to help families out.​"
A nationwide charity supporting parents said, "Demand growth this year has exceeded all expectations. Our volunteers remain under pressure, with rising costs making our mahi more difficult.”​
We know that not everyone has the capacity to financially help others, particularly in these difficult times, but if you would like to pay it forward and help out those in need either on a regular basis or with Christmas gifts, please click here for further information. 
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Thank you for supporting the 2023 Christmas Shoebox Project

We are incredibly grateful to have experienced such heartwarming support for the 2023 Christmas Shoebox Project!

Here are the highlights of the campaign which provided over 2905 Christmas boxes for kiwi kids around Aotearoa.


In Auckland we are thankful for the gracious support of SkyCity, who opened the doors of Federal House to us so we could set up Santa's Grotto - a bustling hub for packing and distribution in the heart of the Auckland CBD. 


In Wellington we are thankful for the help from Wellington Helicopters and East by West Ferries, who helped out in so many ways to get the boxes in, sorted and distributed to charity partners.

In Christchurch, thank you to Mike and the team at Christchurch Community House, always a pleasure to work with you. 

In Dunedin, Thank you to Steve and Sue at Volunteer South and the Dunedin Community House. 

Also, in Dunedin thank you to Laura and the team at Forsyth Barr who opened their doors for over 20 volunteers to sort and wrap boxes. 


The true stars of the Christmas Shoebox Project? 171 volunteers from Auckland, Wellington, Whanganui, Canterbury, and Otago. We're immensely grateful to SkyCity, Hays Recruitment, Grant Thornton, Rockwell Automation, JETNZ, NZ Post, Spark, Cavell Leitch, Forsyth Barr, Chorus and Volunteer South for their invaluable help in organising gifts, volunteers and the assembling many of the boxes.


A special acknowledgement goes to those who generously provided incredible products for the boxes — Deloitte, Dow (Mike and Mel Robb), Pitney Bowes, the NZ Dental Association, NZ Olympic Committee, PlaceMakers, Scholastic Books, Author Karen McMillian, Arvida, Kohler, and The Soap Factory. whose contributions made these Christmas boxes extra special.


This year marked an extraordinary milestone for us as we collaborated with the NZ Team and PlaceMakers on the 'Give the Gift of Play' campaign. A heartfelt thank you to the NZ Olympic Committee and athletes for contributing sports gear, and to PlaceMakers for hosting collection boxes. Together, we amassed 143 items that will bring joy to kids all over the country.

In the South Island, Dunedin's Golden Centre Mall hosted a special display to help people donate gifts resulting in an array of lovely gifts. 


We could not run this campaign without the charity relationships we have, and their reach into the community. Thank you for supporting whānau throughout Aotearoa, from Invercargill to Kaitaia.

Special thanks to Lyttleton Community House, Corstorphine Community Hub in Dunedin and Hakeke St Community Centre in Whanganui, who got their communities involved in the Christmas Shoebox Project and community Christmas events.


As we turn our eyes to 2024, we're excited to announce our next campaign. In the lead up to the new school year, we'll be seeking monetary support and donations of school supplies and devices for children in need. We'll also be looking for teams of volunteers to help put backpacks together. If you or your team would like to contribute, please reach out to us now. Let's keep the spirit of giving alive. 

Thank you once again to everybody involved for your incredible support.

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season and we look forward to making a difference together in 2024.

Corporate Volunteering

Thank you to Rockwell Automation for volunteering with the  Christmas Shoebox Project and Backpacks4Education campaigns.

We had fun putting together over 200 Christmas boxes and backpacks filled with lovely gifts and items for School.

These items will be distributed to families, nominated by our community partners, in time for Christmas.

Thank you also to SkyCity Entertainment Group for hosting our Santa's Grotto in Auckland.

This is where our volunteers will be busy making up the special boxes of gifts until Christmas🎄 👍


I AM HOPE walk for hope fundraiser

Chubb Insurance Team supports I AM HOPE 

Why are the team at CHUBB Insurance doing this WALK FOR HOPE fundraiser on Friday, October 13th?

Last year 3500 young people tried to take their lives. To honour these young people, we are doing a 3.5km WALK FOR HOPE with Gumboots, that's a minimum of 3500 steps per person!

The WALK FOR HOPE starts at the CHUBB Insurance office, Princes Wharf and follows a trail around Auckland's Viaduct with fun activities on the way.

To follow the activities on social media #IAMHOPE #Youthmentalhealth #catalyticfoundation

Please support our WALK FOR HOPE by donating here and help us raise $3,500 in donations for I AM HOPE and youth counselling services.

When you donate you will receive a tax-deductible receipt from the Catalytic Foundation. All donations will go to I AM HOPE and Youth Counselling services.

Please cheer our teams on and consider donating to this important cause.

Donate Here 

*Walk For Hope has been organised by the CATALYTIC FOUNDATION as part of our Youth Mental Health Campaign

Payday Giving - Paying It Forward to your community

Paying It Forward is a way to pass acts of kindness on to others.

Why do so many people live their lives according to the “pay it forward” principle? Quite simply, people believe that one good deed deserves another, and it has been proven that acts of kindness can build exponentially in a community. 

People who donate every payday to the Catalytic Pay It Forward fund, provide necessary financial support to their community charities, who are always there in a time of need. Charities endorsed by Catalytic also benefit from our year-round capacity building support, mentoring and campaigns including the Christmas Shoebox Project and Backpacks4Education.

Your donation can start from as little as the price of a cup of coffee, and because it is tax-deductible, for every $6 donated, you only pay $4.

To Pay It Forward, every payday, please click here for a form to give your payroll operator or fill out the form below.

Here is our bank account to make regular automatic donations # 12-3067-0187344-00  Reference: PIFFund(& your region)  

"Wow! I donate $10 every pay to the Catalytic Foundation and have just received a donation receipt to say I contributed $520 to my community last year!"

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Deloitte help children with school supplies

Thank you to the amazing team of volunteers from Deloitte who spent their day making up backpacks with educational supplies including: pens, pencils, sharpeners, highlighter, educational books, writing pads, felt tip pens, coloured pencils, pencil cases, lunchboxes and drink bottles.

The backpacks are for children in families affected by the floods, Cyclone Gabrielle and/or the cost of living crisis.

Thank you to Deloitte for also donating new laptop bags and digital charging units, these are currently being distributed to community charities around the country who know of individuals and families in need of these items. 


Deloitte people draw on our collective experience and ingenuity to make an impact that matters for our colleagues, Deloitte clients and society
. Deloitte 2022 Global Impact Report

Business Catalyst

The Catalyst for Businesses to Grow their Social Impact

Catalytic connects businesses and donors with grassroots community organisations. Here is how your business can engage and have a positive social impact.

We help businesses:
- Create memorable team-building experiences
- Maximise social impact in line with company and staff values
- Give back to your local community where it’s needed most

Catalytic are experienced donation managers, but:
- The need far exceeds funding
- We see so many social issues that need addressing
- We know that businesses like yours care about your communities

The Catalytic team work to make it easy for you to make a real difference.
- Team and skilled volunteering
- One off donations and giving resources to campaigns
- Payday donations into a local community fund

Campaigns you can participate in
- Backpacks4Education
- Sustainable Healthy Living
- Youth Mental Health
- Christmas Shoebox Project

How we choose our campaigns
- Backed by nationwide community needs research
- Addressing highest priority social needs
- Collaborations with established community networks

What your company gets
For each campaign you participate in, you receive a social impact report that includes:
- Quantitative outcomes achieved, e.g. backpacks donated
- Qualitative feedback
- Quotes and photos from recipients
- Volunteering report

CSR Consulting services include:  
- Social Responsibility (CSR) workshops 
- Staff engagement and teambuilding 
- Marketing / Communications support
- Organising bespoke community campaigns 
Online CSR solutions 

For further information please contact us

Community needs survey 2023

We welcome your feedback in 2023

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 your community needs in 2023.  

In our four previous community needs surveys since the Covid-19 pandemic started, we have gathered important feedback about the effect of the pandemic and cost of living crisis on community organisations around Aotearoa.  The results of the surveys are collated by the Catalytic Foundation to help us advocate for your organisation and community with philanthropists, employers, government and donors. 


Click here to fill out the 2023 Community Needs survey


Topline Findings from our previous Community Needs Research from September 2022:   

  • 85.37% of charities continued to be impacted by the pandemic and cost of living increases in the last year.
  • 81.71% of community charities have seen an increase in demand in the previous year.
  • 57.82% of charities needed additional support for operational costs and expenses
  • 55% of charities require laptops to support their services.
  • 35% of charities needed professional volunteer skills such as legal, IT and accounting to help them with their services.

Anecdotal themes emerging

  • Demand for community services have increased, however, charities are commenting that if additional funding isn't found they may have to reduce services.              
  • Many charities comment increased anxiety levels among the community.
  • Additional staff are required and burn out is an issue.
  • Donations of money and basic requirements for clients, such as food and quality linen/clothing, are appreciated.

Pitney Bowes volunteers help communities

We had an awesome day volunteering with the Pitney Bowes NZ team volunteering at Love Soup Hibiscus Coast Community garden and food storage. A volunteering opportunity inspired by Pitney Bowes dedication to food security and food security. 

In the last 3 years the Catalytic Foundation have conducted online research with our community partners to monitor the effect of Covid and the cost-of-living crisis on communities. Our findings are:

  • 72% of charities have had an increase in demand - Food banks, mental health charities and those supporting youth and the elderly experienced the most pronounced spikes in demand for services

Financial poverty and inability to access food and basics was in the top 3 commonly stated needs that our charities noted.  Food security is essential for children and young people to be happy and healthy, learning and developing. Children living in food insecure households are less likely to consume nutritionally balanced diets essential for optimal growth and development, and this can have immediate and long-term negative consequences for their health and education. Household food insecurity has been associated with a wide range of child health and development problems from infancy through to adolescence.

In NZ one in five children are living in households where food can run out, and one in three are living in unaffordable housing, according to the latest child poverty indicators report.

Thank you to the Pitney Bowes NZ team for caring about education and food security in our communities