Funding Guide and Social Media - Gift Collective

Funding Guide and Social Media - Gift Collective

Kia ora koutou,Funding GuideLast week we sent out a Funding Guide to the primary contact for each Collective. We hope you found this helpful and informative! A few emails have bounced back to me, so if you're in charge of...

Change in Gift Collective Structure - Gift Collective

Change in Gift Collective Structure - Gift Collective

Kia ora koutou,We're reaching out to let you know about a behind the scenes change to the structure of Gift Collective. This will not impact the services provided to Collectives; we just want to be transparent about it so you...

Outgoing payment fee increase - Gift Collective

Outgoing payment fee increase - Gift Collective

Tēnā koutou,As you know, we use a third party provider called Wise to pay expenses through the platform. Up until now you have been paying a fee of $0.76 per transaction, but unfortunately Wise have let us know that they...

New website launched!

New website launched!

We're very excited to share our new website with you! Along with the new website, we have had a brand refresh. Please head to and check out our new look.You'll see there's a tab called "Tips for Collectives" on...

Funding Tips

Kia ora whānau,Firstly, I'd like to thank those of you that have submitted annual updates. There are some really great write-ups that have been published and it's lovely to have an insight into the awesome mahi you're doing. I'd like...

End-of-finanical-year updates

Kia ora to all of our collectives!We'd like to take a moment to welcome the newest additions to our Gift Collective whānau: thank you to Purpose Trust, H.E.R. Weekend New Zealand, and Aramaho Table Tennis Club for joining us!Writing an...

Annual Report

Annual Report

Kia ora koutou,Check out the great 2-page write up about Gift Collective in The Gift Trust's Annual Report. It features several of our collectives. To read the full report, please click here. ...

Happy New Year!

Kia ora koutou,I hope you've all had a lovely summer break and have been enjoying the sunshine!We're back in the office and back to our usual schedule, so feel free to get in touch if you need help with anything....

Last chance to submit expenses today!

Kia ora koutou,Can you believe there are only 6 days until Christmas?! As I mentioned in an earlier update, today (Dec 19th) will be your last chance to submit expenses for 2023. Gift Collective will be closed for a couple...

Christmas dates

Kia ora koutou,Can you believe it's nearly December already?! With that in mind, we thought it was time to let you know our summer plans so you can organise your payment schedules accordingly. Gift Collective will be closed over the...


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Who is the Gift Collective for?

A lot of groups are already using the Gift Collective in Aotearoa  in fact there are over 80 groups now! What they have in common is being collectively organised, valuing transparency, and needing to get up and running quickly without getting bogged down in paperwork and admin.

What is a collective?

In our language, your rōpu or group is a collective. You collectively organise and have a social good purpose. You’re maybe just one person, or a group – but you all want to do something charitable. 

What are your acceptance criteria?

To be accepted into the Gift Collective whānau, your initiative must be focussed on a charitable purpose in Aotearoa New Zealand. The Gift Collective team will assess each application submitted against the criteria below. We’ll let you know if we have more questions or if your application has been successful.

Your activities must:

  • Have a charitable purpose, according to New Zealand law¹ which includes:
    • the relief of poverty,
    • the advancement of education, or
    • any other purpose beneficial to the community.
  • Be based in and be of benefit to New Zealand².
  • Provide a public benefit, and none of your activities can have a private benefit or provide profit to any individual.
  • Not provide support for political campaigns, candidates, or to support purely lobbying activity.³
  • The Gift Collective will not accept recipients that it believes, in its sole discretion, are supporting or engaging in hate speech or hateful activities, whether online or offline.⁴  
  1. For more information on what is considered charitable, see this info from Charities Services.
  2. Expenses cannot be paid internationally, unless express advance written approval is given by the Gift Collective.
  3. A limited amount of lobbying can be classed as a charitable activity; we use the Charities Services definition.
  4. ‘Hateful activities’ means inciting or engaging in violence, intimidation, harassment, threats or defamation, or targeting an individual or group based on race, colour, religion, national origin, ethnicity, immigration status, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.  
Is this the same as registering as a charity?

No, it is not. By registering with Gift Collective, you get to sit within our charitable entity, making you eligible to apply for charitable grants. This doesn’t mean, though, that you are a charity in your own right.

Do I have to put my whole kaupapa under Gift Collective or can I sign up just to cover a portion of my mahi?

It is perfectly acceptable to sign up to Gift Collective for a portion of your work only. We can only accept charitable work, and expenses related to this. Some groups may choose to keep their business separate from their charitable arm, and run their charity work through us.

What do I get if I sign up?

Essentially three key things: 

  1. A fundholder, a legal entity with a bank account, through which you can engage as a group, so you don’t need to manage your Collective’s funds personally or incorporate a new legal entity. 
  2. The ability to apply for grants and funding by sitting under the Gift Collective’s umbrella.
  3. A tech platform to help your Collective thrive, with features like crowdfunding, transparent budget tracking, and community engagement tools. 
Do I need to charge GST on funds I raise?

It depends. Unconditional donations – where nothing specific is given in return – do not attract GST. Conditional payment – where the buyer gets something in return, like membership, a product, service, or event ticket – may attract GST. Our platform is set up for both scenarios.

Will you help me get funding?

We are a fundholder only, so we can’t apply for grants or shoulder tap donors for you. We can, however, provide support letters for your grant applications. We also provide a funding guide and hold webinars that cover tips and tricks for funding applications.

The good news is that by sitting under our charitable umbrella, you open yourself up to more funding options.

If I’ve applied to Charities Services and have been rejected, can I still sign up with you?

No, if Charities Services doesn’t think your mahi meets charitable purpose, then we won’t either. To meet our criteria your mahi must be charitable.

Which grant makers or funders have given grants through Gift Collective?

A diverse range of funders have given to Collectives sitting under our umbrella – individuals, community foundations, city councils, family foundations and government organisations. These include DIA Lotteries, Spark Foundation, One NZ, Tindall Foundation, J R McKenzie Trust and Wellington Community Fund.