The Aotearoa Social Enterprise Forum in October brought together social enterprises from across New Zealand and organisations that support the sector.
For all aspects of the forum, organisers Ākina were committed to minimising waste and using their purchasing power for good.
So they decided to say thank you to the forum’s speakers with Good Gift Cards — the gift card that can be redeemed to make donations to any of the 60 charity partners at The Good Registry.
Ākina Project Manager Kareena Harris said Good Gift Cards were perfect for the forum, for two reasons.
“The first one is that we wanted to make sure we walked the talk with using as many social enterprises as possible to supply the event. Since The Good Registry is a social enterprise, it was a good fit!” Kareena said.
“The second reason is we wanted the event to be zero carbon, and zero waste. The Good Registry’s Good Gift Cards aren’t actually plastic cards, they arrived via email which meant no additional plastic or printing for the gifts — an important feature for us as we had already decided to not give out attendee swag bags either.”
Kareena said the speakers are generous people, for whom ‘paying it forward’ is important.
"We felt that it was also a good way to give two gifts in one, a gift to the speakers and then a gift to the charities through the speakers.”
“The cards were also very easy to organise, which is a huge bonus when there’s a lot of moving parts in organising the day!”
Speakers have redeemed their Good Gift Cards at The Good Registry to donate to a very wide range of charities — such as Pomegranate Kitchen (training and employment for former refugees), Seed Waikato (youth development), the World Wildlife Fund, Asthma NZ, Kaibosh Food Rescue, and Wellington Night Shelter.
If you'd like to thank someone with a Good Gift Card, you can do that here, or email us if you're interested in making a bulk order like Akina did: email@example.com.