Giving New Zealand is based on research commissioned by Philanthropy New Zealand and carried out by BERL. The research is updated every four to five years and provides a snapshot of philanthropic giving and associated trends during a single financial year.
Giving New Zealand measures giving in three main areas: personal giving, giving by trusts and foundations, and giving by corporations and businesses. The most recent report was published at the end of 2015 and measures charitable giving in the 2014-2015 tax year. It found that total giving for that period was $2.788 billion. Of this, 55% was personal giving, 42% was trust- and foundation-based giving, and 3% was business giving.