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If you would like to donate to us, you can do so in many different ways:
• Direct giving
• Funding in kind
We would like to make giving as simple as possible, so here is an explanation of some of these methods:
Direct giving is the most common and recognisable form of giving. The key to most forms of direct giving is that its implementation is simple. However, with that simplicity comes a trade-off with the ability to control what the amount given is used for, for a clear breakdown of some of those trade offs see the Philanthropy NZ website.
Here are a few different ways to give directly:
Cash donations - one off or regular donations
Cash donations are very simple, hassle free and in many instances can provide a limited tax benefit to the donor, in the form of a donation rebate or income tax deduction. They help to provide immediate financial support to charitable organisations to assist with their costs. Due to the level of uncertainty associated with donations received, however, it is often difficult for organisations to plan how to use the funds in advance.
If you would like to give a one-off donation, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you BRCT's bank details.
An alternative to this option is a regular planned giving, where a donor indicates in advance what will be given, or sets up an automatic payment so regular amounts are contributed.
If you would like to set up a regular payment, please email us at email@example.com and we will send you BRCT's bank details so you can set up a Direct Debit.
Donations of income - payroll giving
Rather than donating cash, a person may choose to create an income stream to the charity by assigning income to the organisation. This could include a donation from your wages, or from interest, rent and dividends but cannot include personal services income. In this way the benefit of the income accrues to the charity, but ownership and control of the asset remains with the donor. This option also removes the taxation liability in respect of that income as the income accrues to the tax-exempt charity and not the donor. For more information specifically on Payroll Giving - see our leaflet.
If you would like to set up a regular payment through payroll giving, please give the following details to your employer:
Donee organisation: Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust;
Account Name: Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust;
Account Number: please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you BRCT's account number.
A further option on this theme is to make the charity of your choice (such as BRCT) a beneficiary of a discretionary family trust. In this way the charity is simply entitled to benefit from the family trust at the trustees discretion, being unable to force the trustees to make distributions. The advantage is that any amount of that year's income can be distributed as beneficiary income to BRCT which is exempt from tax, whilst the asset is still own by the trust.
Income-earning assets - shares, bonds and personal property
Taking the next step in direct giving, the donor may wish to gift the income-earning asset directly to the charity. Examples include shares, bonds, personal property etc. In this way not only is the value of the underlying asset transferred, but also the resulting income stream. This form of giving does not qualify for a tax rebate for the donor.
Funding in kind
Along with cash, volunteer services are the most recognised and valuable form of direct giving to a charity. Donors of time need to consider how to best use their time and skills for the benefit of the organisation (for some examples, see the Volunteering section below).
Pro bono Support
Pro bono support is usually referred to in relation to professional services. In situations where a charity would be required to incur costs to meet its obligations, professionals provide their services free of charge or at discounted rates in support of the charity. Examples include honorary audits, legal and tax advice, information technology support, printing, design etc. We have many people and organisations to thank in terms of pro bono support.
A donor may also donate (or sell at a discounted rate) goods to their choice of charity, here at BRCT we are open to your suggestions and offers. We have limited space in our office so don't be offended if you offer us furniture but we can't accept it if it is too big. Other examples include damaged or obsolete stock, office furniture, computers, etc. In this way the charity is able to reduce its overhead costs so that more funds can be applied towards its purpose.
Giving time as a volunteer is a very important way in which people can contribute to their communities. There are many ways in which this can be done. It may be just for a short period of time such as helping putting in fences or culvets (for Blueskin Wind Cluster project, thank you Murray, Gerry, Peter, David, Bruce and Basil) or installing insulation (in our office, thank you Carl) or more long term such as getting new projects off the ground (solar project, thank you Chris and also the solar kit share project, thank you John), starting community iniatives (BLOC, thank you Virginia), assisting with policy analysis (DCC policy and BRCT advocacy, thank you Lawrence, Craig and PJ), or providing essential design IT services (for this BRCT website, thank you Craig and Tom) or beautiful images (thank you Jenna).
Or it could be a longer term commitment such as becoming a board member (thank you to all our past and present Trustees).
If you would like to volunteer for BRCT please email us at email@example.com and we will contact you to see what it is you would like to do and how we can help.
A bequest is a method of making a lasting gift to a cause or issue that you feel strongly about. It can make your caring last for future generations. In order to ensure that your gift has lasting value it is important to structure the gift well, the Philanthropy NZ website gives more details about how to do this.
For more information about different ways to donate, whether that is your time, services or money then please see the Philanthropy NZ website (summary of options).