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The Gift Collective helps charitable initiatives to get up and running quickly—ready to receive philanthropic grants, provide donation tax receipts, manage expenses, and spend money—without getting bogged down in paperwork.

The Gift Collective

Charity fundholding made easy

Are you seeking funding?

You'll get the benefits of operating through a registered charitable trust, without having to create one.

On your Collective page, you can tell your story, accept donations, receive grants, thank supporters, and post updates. You can manage expense payouts and track your budget transparently.

You won't need to seek charitable status, or worry about incorporation, registration, or opening a new bank account. We take care of all of that, so you have more time to focus on your kaupapa and your mahi.

Are you a funder?

You don't want to weigh down the initiatives you're trying to support, but you have to ensure your compliance and reporting requirements are met. We take the risk out of funding unincorporated groups through our expert vetting process, automatic reporting, and transparent budget tracking.


We support projects to follow best practice for managing their funds, and as an established charitable trust we can meet your fundholder requirements. Our efficient system enables you to distribute more grants to more recipients with less overhead.

Acceptance Criteria

To be accepted into the Gift Collective whānau, your initiative must be focussed on a charitable purpose in 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.  


The Gift Collective charges an 8% fee on all funds held. Our own budget is tracked transparently too! 

Fees cover overheads, admin, use of the Open Collective software platform, expert charity vetting in the application process, and everything else required to run our service. There's also a 3% payment processor fee on incoming credit card payments. No fees are charged by the Gift Collective on outgoing payments from your budget.

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Ready to join?

Apply to the Gift Collective

Tell us about your community, initiative, rōpū or kaupapa. Once accepted, you'll become a Collective.