NZ Charities in the News – archive

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Just So Festival at Kaitoke just two months away – 21 December 2017

Destiny Church to fight Charities Commission in High Court – 20 December 2017

Hype about tinned tomatoes has raised the debate on giving – 19 December 2017

Comments rejecting tinned tomatoes ‘ill-judged’ – 15 December 2017

Supermarket chain makes sure no food goes to waste – 10 December 2017
See also

Destiny Church charities deregistered      
Destiny Church charities caught out by 2015 law change  – 22 November 2017
Charities Services Update   

Beauty plays part in charity – 20 November 2017

A Crowdfunded Chocolate Factory: Let’s Remake the Economy! – 18 November 2017

Bank interested in Whanganui-designed charity app – 11 November 2017

Cause Film Festival calling for submissions – 10 November 2017

Youthquest Kapiti into voluntary liquidation – 3 November 2017

Independent panel to decide whether Destiny Church charities stay tax-free  – 2 November 2017

Disabled Persons Assembly (DPA) have produced the first in a series of 3-5 minute Internet videos promoting the merits of disabled employees – 1 November 2017

Charities’ funding allocation rules under consideration – 1 November 2017

Governing for good: The joy and pain of not-for-profit governance – 31 October 2017

A new social enterprise sets sights on Christmas – 22 October 2017

Fundraising’s creativity teaches marketers a thing or two – 17 October 2017

Simon Draper: the power of social enterprise – 9 October 2017

Funding is not enough – charities need to empower people – 9 October 2017

Auckland community groups needing financial help get a hand from accounting students – 6 October 2017  <See Also>

Destiny Church confident charities won’t be stripped of tax privileges over late filing – 3 October 2017

Investigation into charity trust supporting Maori King sharpens focus – 30 September 2017 

‘Charity companies’ may seek new legal status and tax breaks for social enterprises – 26 September 2017

When charity does more harm than good – 21 September 2017

$1.6m stolen from church to fund gambling habit – 20 September 2017
(Editor’s Note: The final part of the article reads ‘SFO director Julie Read said Papu had full responsibility for the church’s bank accounts. “That authority to record transactions and reconcile bank statements allowed her to manipulate the church’s financial records and disguise her theft. The absence of any segregation of duties or oversight in respect of Ms Papu’s role created the opportunity for her to misappropriate the church’s funds.”  ‘ 
Trustees/Board members of charities and other non-profit organisations must ensure that there are checks and balances in all financial dealing)

How some New Zealand business make billions and pay no tax – 17 september 2017

Family First stripped of charity status – 21 August 2017 
Family First To Charities Board – See You Back In Court  
Family First launches High Court appeal against being stripped of charitable status – 26 September 2017

Tax refund rejections ‘a bit strange’ – 15 August 2017

Emma Espiner: NZ’s double standard on doing good – 10 August 2017

On The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Judith Collins – 22 July 2017
No plans to make churches pay tax on business activities – Collins (video) – 22 July 2017 

New Zealand is not collecting enough tax – which is widening the income gap between rich and poor, a new report says   – 17 July 2017

Destiny Church doing ‘pretty poorly’ in filing annual returns as Charities Services considers new approach – 17 July 2017   
Exclusive: Charities watchdog may sharpen teeth as Destiny Church lags with annual financial returns – 17 July 2017             
Destiny Church founders move into new ‘resort’ home – 24 October 2017

Popular Thank You campaign is coming to New Zealand   – 17 July 2017

“Don’t Panic!” – Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy  – 14 July 2017

Local Charities Encouraged to Apply for Share of $1 Million   – 13 July 2017                            The Trusts million dollar fund is back again

Charities look to blockchain to track aid   – 12 July 2017

New Zealanders give generously – almost $3 billion a year – but rarely talk about it    – 10 July 2017

Brethren charities worth $300m under investigation    – 8 July 2017

Peter Adams: Trust priceless when it comes to charities – 20 June 2017

Dave Adams: 7 reasons you should become a volunteer  – 19 June 2017

Officials fear $140m charity tax rort – 10 June 2017

Exclusive: Family First to lose charitable status    – 16 May 2017

NGOs, charities seek greater support from Brownlee – 25 April 2017

Fresh charity model makes claiming $60,000 back easy – 20 April 2017

Charitable Kiwis owed $200m by IRD – 6 April 2017

Good Tax News for NZ Charities  – 4 April 2017

Editorial: Ever expanding charity sector needs a vigilant eye – 29 March 2017

Increasing number of charities creating duplication, donor fatigue – 27 March 2017 

Charitable payroll enterprise looking to grow  – 17 March 2017

Confusion but food for thought in Charities Report – 16 March 2017

Charities told to merge in order to survive – 13 March 2017

Note: JBWere Press release available here

See also: Definition of a charity; How many charities in NZ?  

Charities deregister over ‘jolly complicated’ rules – 27 February 2017   

See also – Information on Registration matters

‘Alarming’ number of charities breaking financial reporting rules – 23 February 2017  

See also – Information on Registration matters

Scholarships Announced – Catapult Leadership Programme – 20 February 2017

Charity collectors abused for not meeting targets – 15 February 2017

Social Enterprise is fast becoming the new charity in New Zealand – 12 February 2017

See also Social Enterprises

Legislation builds stronger charities  (Press release) – 8 February 2017  (Link to the Bill)

NZers giving directly to causes, less to charities – 1 February 2017

Child sponsorship dwindling  

Kiwis would rather give to charity than to beggars, poll shows

Survey gives peek into business community generosity – 18 January 2017   

Charities regulator risks becoming censor if Destiny Church is booted – 25 November 2016

Budget Buster: Why are we donating millions to the taxman? – 23 October 2016

New Zealanders urged to check charities before donating after Hurricane Matthew
(Click here for accompanying Video interview) – 12 October 2016

NZ finally catching up to world with marathon fundraising – 10 October 2016
sponsored link: Auckland Marathon for Mercy Ships

Collectors tell of getting the cold shoulder and abused: ‘I got asked if I was from ISIS’ – 7 October 2016

Charities hound elderly Auckland dementia sufferer for cash – 19 September 2016

Charities are dealing with national financial reporting changes  – 16 September 2016

Police vetting Bill will distress volunteering organisations – 13 September 2016
UnitedFuture Secures Better Deal For Charities – Dunne – 14 September 2016

Which charities do you support and why? – 6 September 2016

Xero may accommodate charities frustrated by lack of reporting template – 24 August 2016

British-Australian man detained in Dubai for charity work – 20 August 2016

Marianne Elliott: Unravelling charities’ ability to do good (opinion) – 16 August 2016

Hepatitis Foundation defends sharp rise in expenses – 10 August 2016

Givealittle set to start taking a little – 29 July 2016

Funds tight for Marlborough social services – 20 July 2016

Quit Group still has millions of public money – 14 July 2016
Pot of Gold at Mothballed Charity Health Procurement Failure

Social bond programme stalled by negotiations  6 July 2016
Social impact bonds not the answer to anything – NZNO
Government’s first social bond collapses

Hepatitis Foundation under investigation  4 July 2016

Opinion:  Heather du Plessis-Allan: A few hard truths about real charity  3 July 2016

Podcast download (or listen online) from BBC – What are the pros and cons of charities becoming more business -like (ANALYSIS programme). Download/listen here – Scroll down to ‘The Charitable Impulse’.  27 June 2016

Ageing population could contribute to decline in charity  20 June 2016

Charity knockback for churches, knights and huskies  19 June 2016

Submissions sought on Charities Amendment Bill (submissions are now closed)

Non-profit institutions contributed $6 billion (2.7 percent of the total) to New Zealand’s gross domestic product (GDP) for the year ended March 2013, Statistics New Zealand said today.     14 June 2016

Lawmakers gutless about tackling charity Godzillas, critic says  25 May 2016

Charity fundraisers ducking for cover  21 May 2016

Church of Scientology files late return amid crackdown on financial reporting laws  15 May 2016

Amnesty, Greenpeace reject PM’s ‘misleading’ remarks on foreign trust link  11 May 2016

Donating to charity getting easier with new app   9 May 2016

False cancer claims could land blogger in jail   6 May 2016

Shared bank account warning issued  2 May 2016

Electronic darts scheme latest in former bankrupt David Blake’s chequered career  1 May 2016

What are social bonds and should NZ embrace private investment in social services?  1May 2016

South Canterbury charities compete for tightening community dollar 28 April 2016

Medical cannabis charity registered  16 April 2016

Charities Board ‘still gunning for Family First NZ’   7 April 2016

Received an invoice by the NZ Trustees Association?  31 March 2016

Farmers threaten animal rights group SAFE’s charitable status  11 March 2016

KidsCan charity warns of alleged advertising scam   9 March 2016

Shane Warne receives extension to complete charity audit   27 February 2016

Changing the face of charity in New Zealand    26 February 2016

South Taranaki brothel children’s charity fundraiser idea slammed by Family First NZ  17 February 2016

Head Hunters charity removed from Charities Register – 28 Jan 2016

Donation buckets getting hard to fill – 14 Jan 2016

Disadvantaged children’s charity struck off – 12 Nov 2015

New Zealand third most generous country & report says men more likely to give – 11 Nov 2015

Charities struggle to raise money as the wills run dry – 9 Nov 2015

Momentum Waikato: connecting donors to causes – 7 Nov 2015

Govt investigates West Akld charity – 7 Nov 2015

Kiwis are ‘world class’ at giving, but awful at claiming rebates on donations – 3 Nov 2015

Kiwis encouraged to bequest money to charity – 6 September 2015

Charities Services say “We’re putting the record straight” – 4 September 2015

Charity or business? – 25 August 2015

Plan to change the way we give to charity – 16 August 2015

The Business of Giving – 15 August 2015

NZ responsible investments grow 10% in 2014 on back of consumer, charities’ demand – 14 August 2015

Charities deregistered after greater scrutiny – 10 July 2015

Charging for police vetting a worry for charities – 1 July 2015;  Govt fees will hit charities hard – Williams – 30 June 2015

Court rules Family First is a charity – 1 July 2015

Youth exchange students raise over $6,000 for charity – 26 June 2015

Pair found guilty over advertising scam – 12 June 2015

Social Impact Bonds – 3 June 2015;  Investors await detail of NZ’s first social bond, including how returns are structured – 2 June 2015; NZ Herald Editorial – 3 June 2015;  English’s bonds lacking a universal catch-cry – 13 June 2015 ;

Former staff speak out about ‘champagne lunches’ – 16 May 2015

Mastermind behind advertising scam targeting charities jailed – 8 May 2015

Nepal earthquake: Warnings against charity fraudsters – 1 May 2015

Sensible Sentencing Group Trust registered as NZ Charity – 16 April 2015

Call for charities to stop chugging – 13 April 2015

Kidicorp owners give childcare company to charity – 12 April 2015

Charities Must Improve Financial Reporting – 1 April 2015

Food giant Sanitarium appears to be safe from an ongoing Government crackdown on charities …  23 Feb 2015

Charities and volunteer groups are warning the Government they will have to cut back on their services if a proposed charge on criminal checks goes ahead – 16 February 2015

Special needs charity SmileDial to close – 14 February 2015

479 Charities de-registered by Charities Services – 13 February 2015
Charity Blitz threatens Olympic Games Plan  – 14 February 2015

Summer cheer for children battling bowel disease – 31 Jan 2015

Sex trade links to Christchurch youth charity – 31 Jan 2015.    Update 3 Feb 2015    Update 23 April 2015 – Charity to close

Social housing groups are worried charities wanting to buy up and run state houses could be underestimating the task – 29 Jan 2015

Two Timaru Charities fail to file annual returns – 28 Jan 2015

Clothes charity needs new home – 22 Jan 2015

Internet makes giving easy – 17 Jan 2015

Warning as cyber-criminals target NZ charities – 16 Jan 2015

EFTPOS boosts charity donations –  4 Jan 2015

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