Kiwis are a real giving bunch. We volunteer, we donate, and we give a hand to a stranger in need. With our ‘help thy neighbour’ attitude, we’ve even earned the spot of the third most generous country in the world, according to the CAF World Giving Index.
The issue is, with 27,728 charities in New Zealand, how do you find the one aligned to what you care about? Well, Chive Charities are on a mission to do just that. Their goal is to empower New Zealander’s in the giving process, by making a platform that provides an easy way to find and donate to charities.
Thinking about where to put your money can be hard. When it comes to managing your personal finances, most people know to go to a bank or an advisor for more information. But, when it comes to donating, it can feel like you’re in the dark. There’s so many causes, so many charities, and no easy way to search for them – until now.
Autonomy over financial decisions is something the Chive Charities founders, Stephen and Alice, value highly. That’s why they’ve designed a platform where givers can view the whole picture. Givers can see all of the charities they could donate to, but it allows them to donate to the ones they care about most, in their own time and on their own terms.
As millennials, Stephen and Alice know there’s a big group of 20-somethings moving towards more disposable incomes. For a lot of this group, gone are the days of two-minute noodles in student flats. They’ve now got the ability to make financial decisions about things that will affect their future – and the next generation’s.
Whilst many millennials are scrambling to save for a house, they’re also keen to make an impact with what they do have. That’s exactly Stephen and Alice’s ethos for the Chive Charities platform too. They know not everyone has thousands to give, but it’s about giving an opportunity for each individual to every dollar they donate go to the things that matter most.
The causes people care about most are changing. While things like poverty and homelessness will always be front of mind, growing awareness over things such as climate change and LGBTQIA+ rights, is changing the focus for givers. It’s crucial to have a platform which brings all of these causes together in one place, and gives them equal importance. It gives the power of giving completely back to the giver.
If you’d like to follow along with Stephen and Alice’s journey or you’d like to find out more about Chive Charities, then head along to www.chivecharities.nz