Collective strengths-building for social entrepreneurs

Gift Collective

Ākina is an impact development consultancy service that helps businesses, government agencies, social and community enterprises uncover the best ways to tackle challenges like poverty, inequality, environmental degradation and climate change. We recently reached out to them in an effort to support their work with social enterprises.

After hearing from their Director of Capability Building Roschelle Marshall about her work and sharing what our partner project Gift Collective can offer, it became apparent that we could be a useful service for some of the social entrepreneurs under her wing. We put together a presentation explaining how Gift Collective works as a charitable fundholder and what we can offer and pitched it to twelve social entrepreneurs gathered by Roschelle. The people we spoke with all had a charitable aspect to their social enterprises, so we made sure to draw a clear line between the business and charity sides of social enterprise. The attendees were a great bunch and had a lot of good questions.

We’re pleased to have a continued relationship with some of these attendees, and have since welcomed two of them to the Gift Collective whānau:

  • Fitness Sci Tec has a vision of providing “accessible, targeted and evidence-based fitness and nutrition services to help address non-communicable diseases unfairly impacting our Māori and Pasifika communities”.
  • Girl in Motion Foundation is launching an in person, group coaching programme to help women in West Auckland experiencing hardship start a service-based business.

Another two attendees have also expressed interest in starting Collectives under Gift Collective. We hope to be able to onboard the other two groups soon, and look forward to seeing the awesome mahi we know all of these collectives will do.

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“The Gift Trust provides a personalised service for my plan to give, donate and support the causes that are important to me at a reasonable cost.”

— Gillian, Gift Trust donor

"The gift accounts offered by The Gift Trust are a good option for individuals or organisations wanting to consolidate their charitable giving. I encourage all financial advisers to consider this important development."

– Dr Rodger Spiller, Financial Adviser, Money Matters

“An area of importance to our clients is charitable giving. The Gift Trust offers an opportunity to streamline the gifting process, while adding increased confidence and transparency. It also provides robust due diligence of eligible charities and access to additional support services for clients with complex needs.”

— Philip Stevenson, Bloomsbury Associates. CEFEX Certified Investment Adviser

“We would like to recognise and offer thanks for the support we receive though The Gift Trust’s donation. An annual donation from one of your donors is one of the largest donations that Kaibosh receives each year and has been absolutely pivotal to our ability to operate with confidence and to expand our operation across the Hutt Valley. We are extremely thankful.”

— Matt Dagger, Kaibosh, Gift Trust grant recipient

“My gift account has made my giving easy. It lets me get straight to the fun and satisfying part of giving to the causes I care about, without the hassle.”

— Anake, Gift Trust donor

"The Gift Trust provides a flexible and robust structure, to support donors' charitable giving intentions, while still enabling them to have a say in the investment of donated funds."

– David Ireland, Partner, Dentons Kensington Swan

"A Gift Account with The Gift Trust is a great option as an alternative to setting up a charity or private foundation while still preserving clients' control over their giving."

– Steven Moe, Partner, Parry Field Lawyers

"The administration and ongoing compliance requirements involved in setting up a private charity can be onerous, and even risky. Setting up a Gift Account allows The Gift Trust to look after those requirements, and provide support that allows the donor to focus on what they really want to do with their gifts."

– Sue Barker, Sue Barker Charities Law

"The Gift Trust takes the guesswork out of giving. Having support with research and due diligence on donations ensures that funds are truly making the desired impact. It has been a real pleasure to work with The Gift Trust."

– Ben, Gift Account holder

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    Wellington, New Zealand

    04 391 4438