Discounts and donations
This page has information about discounts, donations and free publications.
Recycled glasses for art projects
Optometrists all around New Zealand collect used eye glasses and save them for the Lions Recycle for Sight project, which sends reading glasses to the Pacific Islands. The remaining glasses go into landfill. Helen Whitcombe, a keen recyclist, is offering these glasses to arts centres and groups. Chandeliers, jewellery and other arty products can be made from lenses and frames. Artists at Vincents Art Workshop use the lenses to creative popular brooches. You can also check out this Pinterest page for inspiration.
To order eyeglasses and cases send your name, physical address and advise quantity of boxes of each you would like (e.g. ¾ eyeglasses and ¼ cases) to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The cost for delivery is $15 to an urban residential address or you can collect free from Papakura by arrangement.
Employees can give to community organisations through their pay. Payroll giving enables donations to go directly from a person’s pay to a chosen community organisation. The scheme will be administered through the PAYE tax system, so people whose employers sign up for the scheme will receive the tax benefits of their donations each payday without having to present donation receipts or wait to claim at the end of a tax year.
Payroll giving is a voluntary scheme that enables donations to go directly from an individual donor's gross pay to their chosen community organisation listed on Inland Revenue's donee list. Visit the Payroll Giving website for more information.
Becoming an approved donee organisation
Are you a not-for-profit organisation? If so, are you registered with Inland Revenue as an approved donee organisation? This page lists all of the donee organisations and tells you how you can apply. It's important to do this so donors to your organisation can claim a tax rebate on their donation. There are significant tax rebate benefits for individuals and companies making donations to not-for-profits.
Check out Creative New Zealand’s useful online donations toolkit. It includes recent changes to New Zealand’s tax rules on donations and how to make the most of these. There’s also a section on how to find the right donors and build strong relationships with them.
TechSoup New Zealand donations
Do you need to upgrade your computers and software? TechSoup New Zealand provides donated software and hardware from companies such as Microsoft to eligible New Zealand groups and organisations registered as a charitable organisation under the New Zealand Income Tax Act 2004.
To demonstrate that you are registered as a charitable organisation, you will need to provide at least one of the following:
• a copy of your IRD tax exempt status letter
• your Charities Commission registration number.
Once TechSoup New Zealand has received your details and assessed your eligibility, it will let you know if you are eligible to proceed to the next stage.
For more information, visit TechSoup's website or call customer support in Auckland (T: 09 887 0291), Wellington (T: 04 887 0236) or Christchurch (T: 03 667 0235).