We advocate for the interests, rights and wellbeing of children and young people

The ideas for investing in children have been grouped into six interrelated areas of children's lives.  Children have needs across all of these six areas, and we know that supporting any of them will make a difference for children.

Do your homework first, by following the six basics of wise giving to ensure you are not duplicating, but supporting areas of greatest need in your community.

If you need more one-on-one advice then Philanthropy New Zealand may be able to work with you to create a plan.

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The needs and gaps in your community you identified in the 'six steps to wise giving' checklist will help you decide which ideas might work for the children in your area.

Most ideas are targeted towards the four priority groups of kids who most need your support: very young children, those in sole parent families, Maori and Pasifika children, and those in severe and persistent poverty.  Some ideas can be expanded to help all children.

They are grouped into the six areas of a child's life and needs that can be affected by poverty -

  • stable, nurturing families
  • accessible health services
  • an education
  • healthy, safe and affordable homes
  • supportive communities
  • having basic needs met

The ideas also cover the five stages of child development - from before birth to becoming an adult.

Note: In the future, we hope to extend this list of ideas, and make it available in a searchable database.

I'm an individual - what can I do?

Giving2Kids is a guide for philanthropic and iwi organisations and businesses. However, if you're an individual and want to do something to support children here are some tips:

  • find out what the needs are in your community. Ask around local schools, community groups and charities and see where the needs are 
  • you can volunteer your skills whether financial, management, grant-writing, supporting frontline staff - ask your preferred charitable organisation what you can do.  Be prepared to commit for a long period so that any investment in your training, or your ‘learning curve’, will be put to best use, and to protect the trust of children who may come to rely on you
  • if you want to donate money, check if the charity is registered with the Charities Commission. This means there is strong accountability for the use of funds 
  • small organisations not yet registered with the Charities Commission may also be doing great things in the community. Just do your own research to check they are making a positive difference 
  • there are many charities and services focused on children that welcome volunteers. Check out www.volunteeringnz.org.nz 
  • if you want to leave money in your will, speak to your lawyer 
  • A Memory Tree has a list of charities, some of which support children.