According to Giving New Zealand, our regular survey on philanthropic funding in New Zealand, 55% of all giving in New Zealand is personal giving. Most personal giving is in the form of donations of various kinds. The rest is from bequests.
However you choose to give, it pays to ask yourself a few questions first, to make sure your donation is as effective as possible:
- What issues do you feel strongly about and what causes do you want to support?
- How much of your income do you want to give? Many people recommend between 1% and 5% of your total household income but it’s entirely up to you.
- How effective are the organisations you support? You can find information to help you decide this in the annual returns all registered charities must make to Charities Services.