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What is Fundholding?

Fundholding is where a project sits under the umbrella of an existing entity so that it doesn’t have to set up its own infrastructure. It’s also called fiscal sponsorship, fiscal hosting, or auspicing. Funding is then received by the umbrella organisation to be spent on the charitable purpose of the project.

As a fundholder, Gift Collective is a legal entity and has a bank account – through which you can interact with the world, so you don’t need to manage your funds personally or incorporate a new legal entity.

Projects get access to registered charity status, qualify for grants and give tax credits to donors. This is done through the registered charitable trust status of the fundholder entity, The Gift Trust (CC40774).

Your project can raise and spend money and operate in the world, without seeking charitable status, incorporating, reporting to IRD or charities services, or opening a new bank account. We take care of all of that so you can stay focused on your kaupapa and mahi.

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What the platform can do

Accept philanthropic grants or donations

Provide donation tax receipts

Pay expenses and manage funds

Run monthly reporting

Give progress reports to funders

Provide a transparent budget

Crowdfund online

Know you’re staying aligned with your charitable purpose

Ensure due diligence


What we don’t do

Operate like a bank account. You can’t draw money out whenever you need it. We pay once a week, after checking your expenses meet our criteria.

Write your grant applications. But we may need to sign off on them, depending on who you are applying to. We can supply any details you might need from us (ie charity number, bank account details).

Get funding for your cause. You can try Hui E! for help with funding information and grantwriting, or check out our fundraising guide.


Got any pātai?

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.

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