What matters most to us is the impact we’re having - for the environment, for good causes, and for people. Here’s a taste of that in the words of some of our givers, and some of our charity partners.
From birthday registry users:
I have enough ‘stuff’ and can buy my own drinks, so I really didn’t need traditional birthday presents, but the registry was an opportunity for those who wanted to make a gesture for my birthday to still do something meaningful. - Kate Richards
My friends felt good about giving to charity, I felt good about giving to charity and it meant that the focus of my lunch was about friendship rather than my opening presents. Result for good! - Kirsty Fyfe
It's brilliant. Very rewarding. You feel that it's making a difference to someone in need. - Deb Wood
It was great to enjoy my birthday without receiving material gifts, and to know the money is going to a good cause. - Amanda Rowe
From Good Gift Card recipients:
Loved this! So much so that I told my family and we’re going to do this from now on for Christmas. Such a great idea and being able to pick and choose the charity felt so rewarding — Kiwibank staff member
Thank you for the awesome Christmas ‘gift’! The Good Registry donation was a fantastic idea :-). We get so much, and there are so many people and organisations that get so little (and two of my fave charities were in there!) so it was really, really appreciated! Always makes you feel good to gift to someone else – so thank you! — Stuff commercial customer
This concept is just amazing. It is such a good idea and spreads a lot of love around. It also ties in to our values and empowers staff that they can contribute to a cause that is close to their heart, with the support of the company that they work for. So, thanks for this – brings a big smile :-). — Co-operative Bank staff member.
I’ve been involved in giving staff Christmas gifts for 20 or 30 years and I’ve never really had an email saying thank you — but this year I got 40 emails from staff, very emotional emails saying thank you and how wonderful it was and what a great representation it was of who we are as a brand to give individuals the opportunity to give to a charity that mattered to them. It made us all feel so good.— David Cunningham, CEO, The Co-operative Bank
When we think about our values at Kiwibank, it felt so right. It was important for us to transition into doing something that was more about how our people could benefit the people of New Zealand because that’s what we do as a business… It’s so good to be giving something where the money stays in the country and makes a real impact for New Zealand, and something that all people can resonate with, as opposed to trying to find a gift that fits all. — Erin Quigley, Engagement Specialist, Kiwibank
Countdown is committed to growing local communities as well as organisations that work across New Zealand to 'do good'. As such, it made perfect sense to use The Good Registry to offer the people we work with an opportunity to spread cheer last Christmas. — Kiri Hannifin, GM of Corporate Affairs, Quality, Safety and Sustainability, Countdown
We loved the idea of being able to make the gift of a charity (of their choosing) to our clients over the festive season. Not only did we feel good about it, but so did our clients, and most importantly it actually goes to making the world a better place for all. — Andrew Pascoe, CEO, MarginFuel
Every presenter who received a Good Gift Card expressed what a fantastic gift it was; so much more personal than a bottle of wine or bunch of flowers could ever be. - Alison McKessar, the Association of Administrative Professionals NZ
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. - Kareena Harris, Aotearoa Social Enterprise Forum
It felt great to give a gift that benefits others... And the ability for the recipient to be able to choose a charity that is meaningful to them personalises the whole experience. - Terri Van Schooten of Verve, for the 2018 Alzheimers NZ conference.
From partner charities:
For fundraising, it’s important to offer choice – as every persons situation is unique and the options need to be right for them. The Good Registry has given us a new way of receiving donations - and a chance to engage with a new group of generous people. Importantly, the process is simple for all. We’ve really benefited from the generosity of the companies and individuals that have chosen to give through Good Gift Cards. Ps, With environmental and sustainability issues a key concern for many, this aspect of reducing the waste from packaging (etc) has been noted by our supporters - The Neonatal Trust NZ
For us, as an organisation that relies solely on donations for funding, support like this is simply brilliant. This money will be put to good use helping us to distribute our Step by Step support pack which we aim to get to all New Zealanders newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Thank you from the very grateful Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition team.
On behalf of everyone at Cure Kids, we would like to say a huge and heartfelt thank you! Cure Kids has funded, or are currently funding, research that is targeting treatments and cures for inherited heart conditions, childhood cancers, respiratory conditions, child and adolescent mental health, among many others. We rely on donations and can only continue this work through the generosity of wonderful people like you.
Thank you for generously donating to KidsCan! Your amazing support will help deliver more food, clothing and health & hygiene items to our 742 partner schools, giving Kiwi kids in our own backyard, who would otherwise go without, the hand up they need. Thank you from the whole team at KidsCan – we really appreciate your support!
Your donations translate into serious funding and support for a cause that is deeply personal to so many people living here in Aotearoa, New Zealand — the mental health and wellbeing of New Zealanders. With your donations the Mental Health Foundation can create campaigns to help normalise conversations about mental health, so that people are more likely to speak up and seek help when times are tough.