Schools with children who would benefit from KidsCan support can apply to become a partner school. Once a school finishes our application process, and we have adequate funding to support them on an ongoing basis, they have access to our free food, clothing and health products.
Shelf-stable, nutritious food including canned fruit, pasta, soup, scroggin and baked beans is delivered to schools once per term. Schools then distribute this to children needing breakfast, lunch or snacks.
Fleece-lined jackets are provided to the entire school roll to encourage inclusiveness, and shoes and socks are given to students identified by the school as needing them. Health products including hand sanitiser, nit treatment and period products are ordered as needed.
How do you support early childhood education centres?
Early childhood education centres that hold a category equity index 1-4 and have a community-based authority, can apply to become a KidsCan partner ECE. Once an ECE finishes our application process, and we have adequate funding to support them on an ongoing basis they can access to our free food, clothing and health products.
KidsCan support in an ECE is universal, meaning all children receive the products. Children receive their own fleece-lined jacket, shoes and socks, nit treatment products and daily snacks and healthy lunches. These lunch recipes are created in partnership with The Heart Foundation and include meals such as chicken stirfry, veggie curry and lasagne.
How do you ensure your support reaches the children who need it most?
We work very closely withourKidsCan partner schools and early childhood educationcentres, as the teachers and staff know their students best. They let us know which products children are going without and how many needoursupport.
How do you decide on what to provide to schools and early childhood education centres?
Ourteam works closely with schools and early childhood educationcentres to identify what support children would benefit from. On-going research and feedback from organisationsworkingin child hardship help us ensure we are supporting tamariki in the best and most effective way possible.
How do you choose what schools or early childhood education centres are added to your waitlist?
Schools with children who would benefit from KidsCan support can apply to become a partner school. Early childhood education centres that hold a category equity index 1-4 and have a community-based authority, can apply to become a KidsCan partner ECE.
They then go through an application process, so we can understand the level of support needed, the products their children would benefit from, and their ability to distribute the food, clothing and health items. Qualifying schools and ECEs partner with KidsCan once we have adequate funding to support them on an ongoing basis.
KidsCan’s mission is to help kids participate in learning, so our support is provided to children throughschools and early childhood educationcentres. We dounderstandchildren in hardshipmayneedothersupport overtheschoolholidays andencourage our communities to seek help from otherorganisations or foodbanks in these times.
Donating to KidsCan.
How do I make a monthly donation?
Your monthly donation will provide Kiwi kids affected by poverty with the essentials they need to participatein learning.
You can join our caring group of Kiwis helping children in need online using a credit card or debit card here. You’re also welcome to phone our friendly supporter services team on 09 478 1525 who can take your details directly.
If you would prefer to make donations by automatic payment, please email [email protected] and include your full name and contact details, the amount of your regular donation and when you would like those donations to start. We will reply with our bank details and your unique ID reference number which you can give to your bank. The reason we provide a unique ID reference number is so you can be assured you will receive an accurate tax receipt for your donations at the end of the financial year.
How do I make a single donation?
Every dollar you donate to KidsCan helps more Kiwi kids reach their potential.
If you would prefer to donate by online banking, please email [email protected] and include your full name and contact details and the amount of your donation. We will reply with our bank details and your unique ID reference number which you can give to your bank. The reason we provide a unique ID reference number is so you can be assured you will receive an accurate tax receipt for your donation.
How much of my donation goes to the kids?
AtKidsCan, we pride ourselves on our efficiency and transparency, and we strive to keep our administration costs as low as possible. Over the last four years, at least 80 cents from every dollar of a monthly donation goes directly to ourprogrammes for kids. The remaining 20 cents goes towards our operations that enable us to run these programmes and extend our reach to the children who need it around New Zealand. The details of exactly where your donations and our funding goes can be found in our annual reports, which are available here.
Can I support a specific child?
Our support model is to work with ourKidsCan partner schools and ECEs to provide children with the essentials they need. Their teachers and staff know theirtamariki best and can identify the kids going without. For this reason, we don’t have the ability to tag donations to a specific child – and insteaduse our funding where it’s needed most.
Can I make a donation to KidsCan from outside New Zealand?
Absolutely! Many Kiwis and other caring people from around the world sign up to support us on a monthly basis through our website and we welcome their support. Simplymake a donation using your credit card on this page.
Will I get an automatic tax receipt for my donations?
All monthly donors are emailed or posted their annual tax receipt by the end of April for the previous financial year. Please ensure that we have your correct email or postal address. If you have new details, send us an email at [email protected] and we can update this for you.
When you make a single donation the KidsCan website you’ll be emailed a tax receipt automatically at the time of your donation.
For more information on claiming donation tax credits visit the IRD website here.
How do I change/update my contact details?
Please email us the details at[email protected]. Our friendly supporter services team will make these changesand send you a confirmation email.
How do I change/update my monthly donation?
Please email us the details at[email protected]. Our friendly supporter services team will make these changes and send you a confirmation email.
How can I support KidsCan through payroll giving?
Payroll Giving enables employees to donate money to registered non-profit organisations through their company’s payroll. This initiative provides tax and administrative benefits for employees while giving them the opportunity to “make a difference” to a charity of their choice by donating directly from their pay.
KidsCan Charitable Trust is an approved IRD “Donee” charity which means you can donate directly from your pay. By making a regular donation you are helping to raise much needed funds for Kiwi kids living in hardship who are less fortunate than others.
Payroll Giving makes donations to KidsCan easy and eliminates the need to hold onto receipts each year and make rebate claims. Speak to your Payroll Officer about making a charitable donation to KidsCan. Your employer can deduct your donation from your pay which reduces your PAYE by the appropriate tax credit, and they then forward the donation to KidsCan Charitable Trust.
Giving a regular donation through your pay gives you the opportunity to regularly gift as much or as little as you like each time you are paid a salary or wage. You do not have to set up any automatic payments or direct debits through your credit card or bank account, your payroll will take care of this. You don’t have to wait until the end of the tax year to claim rebates as this is done instantly when you make a donation.
Some workplaces offer encouragement to their staff by matching donations dollar for dollar, so it might pay to ask!
Benefits for employers
Payroll Giving is a low cost and simple way to support employees who make donations to their charity of choice, which can be of mutual benefit to both employers and employees by giving back to the community. Visit the IRD's payroll giving page for more information.
If you or your employees wish to donate to KidsCan Charitable Trust via Payroll Giving please email [email protected] to get our bank account details and reference requirements.
You will not be given receipts for your payroll donations. Individual employees will not be issued with receipts as the tax credits for donations made as part of payroll giving will be immediate, in the form of reduced PAYE. Tax credits will not be eligible to be claimed again through the end of year tax credit claim form.
I’d like to hold a fundraiser in support of KidsCan, what do I do?
If you would like toraise funds forKidsCan and help children in need, we’d love to hear from you!Visit our Fundraise forKidsCan section for information, to download our fundraising toolkit and register your fundraising event.
Does KidsCan take second-hand clothing donations?
As much as we’d love to be able to accept second-hand clothes and shoes, unfortunately we do not have the resources or facilities to process, store and redistribute these types of donations.
However, there are other charities nationwide who are better equipped to accept these donations and distribute them accordingly. We’re sure they would appreciate you contacting them directly.
Does KidsCan take donations of new products?
If you would like to donate a large quantity (100+) of new clothing or shoes, please get in touch with our schools team at [email protected].
As much as we’d love to be able to accept smaller quantities of new clothes or shoes, unfortunately we do not have the resources or facilities to process, store and redistribute these types of donations. You may like to contact a KidsCan partner school or early childhood education centre directly to see if they would benefit from this donation. See a list of all KidsCan partner schools and ECEs here.
I am interested in working at KidsCan, how do I apply?
We advertise any job opportunities on Seek, LinkedIn or our Facebook page, so keep an eye out!
Does KidsCan have any volunteering opportunities?
At thisstage all our volunteer needs are met by our corporate partner teams. They generously donate their time and resources to assist with major food distributions from our Auckland warehouse.