Partnering with KidsCan
We are extremely grateful for the partnerships that we have with the New Zealand business community. Our partners share our mission to improve the lives of Kiwi kids in need.
Our partners financial support allows KidsCan to support more Kiwi kids which means they get to class with a full tummy and a warm body. Together, we’re levelling the playing field, so children whose families are struggling have the same opportunity to learn as anyone else. We also enjoy that our partners get involved to, it’s not just a monetary donation to them, they are truly invested in the good of Kiwi kids and want to help. They do this by kindly volunteering their time and getting involved which allows them and their staff to see and feel at the ground level the true positive difference that KidsCan and their partnership is having on Kiwi kids.
Increasingly, we are finding organisations interested in supporting our work are seeking true partnerships that create meaningful and measurable differences to their people, customers and society.
Find out more about partnering with KidsCan.
KidsCan Principal Partner - Meridian
Good to people, good for the environment
Meridian has been putting their energy into reaching more Kiwi kids in hardship since 2013, after staff volunteered at a local Wellington primary school breakfast club and saw the real need in the community wanted to help even more children. Meridian is one of the leading power companies in New Zealand, generating power from only 100% renewable sources and is committed to doing good things with their energy. To do good to people, and good for the environment.
They have partnered with KidsCan to provide thousands of Kiwi kids with the basics they need to remove barriers to learning because they believe every child deserves a decent start in life and deserve same opportunity to learn as anyone else.
“We feel privileged to have been part of making a difference in the lives of Kiwi kids living in hardship” Meridian CEO Neal Barclay.
More information how Meridian helps KidsCan can be found here
We like to think of our Major Partners as an extension to the KidsCan whānau, helping us make a difference to the lives of thousands of Kiwi kids in over 740 schools and 25 early childhood centres going without the basics, so they can focus on their education. Our Major Partners have access to a range of volunteer opportunities to engage your staff in KidsCan’s work.
ASB has committed 5,000 staff volunteering hours each year to KidsCan, with hundreds of staff already rolling up their sleeves to dish up hot meals and hand out shoes and raincoats at low-decile schools and early childhood centres across the country.
"A country like New Zealand shouldn't be one where our kids are going to school hungry or without these basic necessities, and we're proud to be able to say we're helping to change that" ASB CEO, Vittoria Shortt.
More information how ASB helps KidsCan can be found here.
Freightways is the lead partner on the KidsCan Shoes for Kids programme, the partnership not only allows for team members to participate in handing out the shoes to the kids at school but also a range of volunteering opportunities including skill sharing, breakfast clubs, warehouse packing and school working bees. Freightways is a premier provider of network courier services to New Zealand businesses. Specialising in express parcel delivery, service standards range from 2.5 hours for local deliveries, to overnight by 9.30am for nationwide deliveries.
“We quickly discovered we shared similar philosophies around caring for and supporting whānau in our communities that may need help” Freightways Team.
More information how Freightways helps KidsCan can be found here.
George Weston Foods (GWF)
George Weston Foods has been partnering with KidsCan since 2013, providing over 100,000 loaves of bread to KidsCan partner schools every year. The team have also supported our Crazy For KidsCan day and volunteering with our warehouse packing days for distribution to schools.
“We are extremely proud of the partnership George Weston Foods shares with KidsCan, over 500,000 loaves of bread have been gifted to feed Kiwi kids in need across the country. That’s a lot of happy tummies and engaged minds! Next time you’re at the supermarket, look out for the KidsCan logo on the Tip Top Bakery Bread packaging and know that by purchasing a loaf it’s a simple way to do your bit to feed our future.” George Weston Foods, GM Marketing & Innovation, Victoria McCrea.
More information how George Western Food helps KidsCan can be found here.
NZ Safety Blackwoods
NZ Safety Blackwoods is the lead partner on the KidsCan Raincoats for Kids programme. Along with helping to provide raincoats to thousands of children, NZSB donate $5 from the sale of every pair of Tredlite shoes or boots to KidsCan. The importance of giving back to the local community is key to the staff at NZ Safety Blackwoods.
"KidsCan aligns with our values and resonates well with not only our customers, but also our employees who have expressed an immense sense of pride to be supporting a charity that tackles the important issue of childhood poverty in New Zealand” NZ Safety Blackwoods, General Manager, Andy Antoci.
More information how NZ Safety Blackwood helps KidsCan can be found here.
Trillian Trust has provided valuable support to KidsCan since 2007 and continue to help us reach more children in hardship. Trillian Trust is a Charitable Trust formed to provide support to New Zealand based charitable and non-for-profit organisations through grants for specific purposes that benefit the community.
More information how Trillian Trust helps KidsCan can be found here.
In 2018, KidsCan and Waikato-Tainui announced a landmark one-year partnership marking the first Iwi collaboration for the charity. Waikato-Tainui is helping KidsCan provide food and health items across 23 Waikato and South Auckland schools.
“For Waikato-Tainui partnering with KidsCan is a different way of working together to achieve our strategic goals for tamariki and mokopuna within our tribal rohe and the communities they are in” Waikato-Tainui.
More information how Waikato-Taiuni helps KidsCan can be found here.
Raising money through fundraising is key to supporting the work we do at KidsCan.
Without money raised through our events and community fundraising initiatives, KidsCan wouldn’t be able to help as many Kiwi kids to reach their full potential. We are extremely grateful for the ongoing support from some of our key fundraisers, plus the hundreds of other businesses, schools, community groups and individuals who generously fundraise for KidsCan throughout the year!
Pork Pie Charity Run
KidsCan is proud to be the charity partner of the Pork Pie Charity Run 2021! The 2019 event, which raised $291,000 for KidsCan, was the sixth running of this quintessentially Kiwi event. In homage to the beloved Kiwi classic movie 'Goodbye Pork Pie', 60 teams drive their MINI's more than 2,500km from the top of the North Island to Invercargill over six days. This truly epic journey is a test of willpower, stamina, and fundraising enthusiasm like no other!
The Pork Pie Charity Run raises funds for KidsCan to help provide Kiwi kids with the essentials they need to get into the classroom in a position to learn. With your help supporting Pork Pie Charity Run teams, you help to provide food, clothing, shoes, socks and basic health items to Kiwi kids in need www.porkpie.co.nz
School Fun-Run is a fundraising company that facilitate fundraising events for schools throughout Australia and New Zealand. School Fun-Run partnered with KidsCan in 2019 as their official charity in New Zealand. The ‘KidsCan School Fun-Run’ has raised over $144,000 for KidsCan in 2019. Schools are encouraged to hold a fun-run to fundraise for KidsCan throughout the school year. If you’re interested in finding out more about the KidsCan School Fun-Run, visit: www.kidscanfunrun.co.nz
Masters Builders Association
Registered Master Builders have been building the foundations of New Zealand, its homes, and workplaces for over 100 years. They are the voice of the building and construction industry and represent quality-built environments whether it is the home or the workplace.
The Master Builders Charity auction and dinner has raised over $100,000 for KidsCan since 2018 www.masterbuilder.org.nz
Balloons over Waikato
Balloons over Waikato is New Zealand's premier hot air balloon festival. Held annually, this five-day major iconic event is a Must-Do for the general public on the annual calendar in both Hamilton and the Waikato Region.
The Balloons over Waikato Trust is a non-profit organisation and has been successfully running this event since 1999.
KidsCan are proud to be Waikato Sunrise Rotary’s nominated charity to receive the funds raised at Balloons over Waikato. These funds will go towards KidsCan’s support for schools in the Waikato region. Visit: www.balloonsoverwaikato.co.nz
Spend my Super
Spend My Super aspires to address inequality in New Zealand and have identified KidsCan as one of several charities that are truly making a difference. They encourage generous New Zealanders to donate part or all of their superannuation to support these charities and the important work they’re doing. Visit: www.spendmysuper.org.nz
- Cookie Time Chartitable Trust
- Christmas Cracker Appeal Retail Partners: Countdown, Mobil, Harvey Norman, Toyworld, The Coffee Club, EziBuy, Shoe Clinic, NZ Safety Blackwoods, selected ASB branches
- Christmas Cracker Appeal Prize Partners: Vortex Spas, Jumpflex, The Coffee Club, Easiyo, Resene, Shoe Clinic, Tasti, Planet Fun, Toyworld
- Plus hundreds of other businesses, schools, community groups and individuals who generously fundraise for KidsCan throughout the year!
Trusts and Foundations
We value the ongoing support of the following trusts and foundations that have made a serious commitment to work with KidsCan.
- American Express
- General Mills
- Acorn Foundation
- Charitable Trust administered by RSM Law
- Clyde Graham Charitable Trust
- Eastern & Central Community Trust
- Endeavour Community Foundation
- Greenlea Foundation
- Hawke’s Bay Foundation
- HSBC Employee Community Fund
- Hutt Mana Charitable Trust
- Infinity Foundation
- Jones Foundation
- Len Reynolds Trust
- Mangere-Otahuhu Local Board Community Group Funding
- Maurice Paykel Charitable Trust
- Newman’s Own Foundation
- Pub Charity
- Scarlett Trust
- Skycity Hamilton Community Trust
- The Gilbert & Ines Stringer Charitable Trust
- The Sargood Bequest
- The Tidd Foundation
- The Trinity Foundation
- The Trusts Community Foundation
- The Whitehouse Tavern
- Trillian Trust
- W Duncan Bickley Trust Fund
- Youthtown Inc
- South Waikato District Council
- Auckland Council –Otara/Papatoetoe board
- Auckland Council -Mangere/Otahuhu board
- Auckland Council –Manurewa board
- Auckland Council - West Auckland board
- Auckland Council –Papakura board
- Porirua City Council
- Far North
- Rodney/North Shore
- Great Barrier Island
- West Waikato
- South Waikato
- Tauranga Moana
- North Taranaki
- South Taranaki
- Kahungunu ki Heretaunga
- Coastal Otago