Celebrate and change the world!
The Good Registry helps you use special occasions to change the world.
Choosing good gifts can be hard … and sometimes that means we exchange gifts that aren't really wanted or needed. We wondered, what if some of the money we spend on gifts could go to good causes instead?
So we did some maths: If every person in New Zealand replaced one $10 gift with a donation to a good cause, that would be $47 million of goodness! Plus a lot less wrapping and packaging going to landfill, less stress for gift-buyers, and less clutter in our homes.
We think that is some goodness worth doing. Because the world needs more humanity, not more stuff.
Give a Good Gift Card
A gift card for The Good Registry is the gift that means more. Good Gift Cards can be redeemed to make donations to any of our partner charities. They are delivered by email along with instructions for redeeming them. When buying Good Gift Cards, you can choose from different templates (like Happy Birthday, Congratulations, or Thank You) and add a personal message.
Create a charitable gift registry
If you're celebrating a special event, and you don't want or need gifts, The Good Registry has the answer. Create a registry with us, and instead of gifts, your friends and family can give simply to cause you care about.
All you need to do is:
- Choose the event you’d like to give away — a birthday, Easter, Christmas, Christening, baby shower, engagement, wedding, anniversary, bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah, farewell, house-warming, family bereavement, public speaking events, the list goes on.
- Choose the charity you’d like donations on your behalf to go to and write a few words about why.
- We’ll give you a unique link to share with friends, family and others through social media, wedding or party invitations, or by email or word of mouth.
- Anyone who wishes to contribute can visit your page (using your unique link), make a donation, and share a message.
- You and your gifters will be able to see how much is raised and celebrate that (although we won’t show the individual value of each gift).
- At the end of your event we’ll tally up donations, let you know how much was raised, and make the donation (less our service fee) on your behalf to your chosen charity.
How we cover costs
Creating and operating a website and community such as The Good Registry comes with the costs of website development, hosting, maintenance, administration, marketing and community engagement. We keep these costs as low a possible to keep fees as low as possible too.
The Good Registry is free for anyone to sign up, free to create a gift registry and free for our charities.
We deduct 10% in fees from total donations made before paying out donations to your selected charities.
There are two parts to this fee:
- Card processing/transaction fees (paid to our payment service provider Stripe).
- Cost recovery for administration and management costs, including the ongoing development, hosting and maintenance of The Good Registry website, processing and record keeping for payments to charities, receipting, auditing, user support, marketing and community engagement.
The 10% is deducted from total funds donated to each charity each month, after the aggregation of all donations though our gift registries and Good Gift Cards. The total amount donated to the charity, and the amount they will receive after the 10% deduction, is clearly and transparently communicated to each recipient charity each month.
We are not making a profit yet, but when we do, we will reduce the administration fee (our aim is to get it to 5%, over time), and we will always reinvest at least 51% of any profit that we do make to do more good.
Our business model
The Good Registry is a social enterprise. That means we are a business, with a social good purpose at our heart. We exist to simplify giving and do good. The goodness is two fold: as well as helping good causes, we’re helping to reduce waste.
All donations to The Good Registry are handled by our registered charitable trust (CC54846). The Good Registry Trust receives your donations and and pays forward those donations to your chosen charities, less the service fee.
A New Zealand registered company, The Good Registry Limited, provides all of the technology, marketing and administration to sustain and grow our community and our platform, and levies the administration fee that covers those costs.