We're grateful for caring companies that want to create healthier workplaces while supporting our work through donations. Bring your team together to have some fun while fundraising for mental health!
Team fundraising ideas
Here are some fun ideas to connect with your team and fundraise for mental health.
Hold a cake baking competition! Invite staff to donate $5 to taste test and vote for the best cake. Invite neighbouring businesses to donate and vote too.
Charge an entry fee and have prizes. Go DIY by writing your own questions or order a quiz package online.
Whether it's a 5km fun run or a half marathon, get a work team together to train and use fundraising for mental health as motivation.
Host a morning tea or before work breakfast and ask people to bring a donation for mental health.
Loud shirt day
Call a dress up day and collect donations for mental health. Team it up with a raffle and morning tea to maximise fun and profits!
Involve your company
We love to work with companies who are passionate about mental health and want to create supportive workplaces for wellbeing. If you want to partner with the Mental Health Foundation on a project or donate proceeds from a product, we’d love to hear from you! Please get in contact with Alanna, our fundraising & campaigns officer.
Whether it’s a monthly donation, a one-off donation or a donation in lieu of a leaving gift for an employee, your donation could support a range of areas of our work.
Charity of the year
Choose or nominate the Mental Health Foundation of NZ as your Charity of the year! Our team will work with you to build an inspiring partnership that engages your staff and customers.
If you want to partner with the Mental Health Foundation on a project, we’d love to hear from you! We love to work with companies who are passionate about mental health and want to create healthier workplaces.
Matched giving is an excellent way to show your company's support for the Mental Health Foundation. By special arrangement we can set up an online company fundraising page for your business, branded with your logo and company colours, for you to promote to staff and clients. By pledging to match all donations to your page over a fixed period (miniumum $1,000) you're not only supporing our mahi directly, you're also helping engage new supporters. For more information, or to enquire about providing matched giving for our major Pink Shirt Day and Mental Health Awareness Week campaigns for maximum company exposure, email Alanna.Ramsay@mentalhealth.org.nz.
Donations made via payroll giving receive an immediate PAYE tax credit of 33% making it the easiest and most tax-efficient way for employees to donate. Organisations can also match their employee’s contribution to make their donation go even further.
Information for employees
Payroll giving lets you donate directly to the Mental Health Foundation from your pay.
Donations made via payroll giving receive an immediate PAYE tax credit of 33% of the donation amount. With other forms of donating you have to collect all your receipts then wait until the end of the tax year to claim your tax rebate, but with payroll donations you don’t need to do anything because you get the tax benefit immediately!
Contact your HR or finance manager for more information or to give them authority to deduct the donation of your choice directly from your pay and pass it onto the Mental Health Foundation.
There is no minimum donation amount for giving and you can stop whenever you like by letting your HR or finance team member know.
If your employer doesn’t offer payroll giving you can still support us by setting up a regular payment via internet banking through our Donate page.
Information for employers
Payroll giving lets your employees donate to the Mental Health Foundation and get an instant tax credit. It's great to be able to offer this to your employees who want to make regular donations to their chosen charity.
Your responsibilities as an employer when you offer payroll giving:
- Deduct the requested donation amount from the employee's salary or wage.
- Adhere to IRD requirements.
- Deposit the donations to the MHF once a month. Advise the MHF of the employee and donation amount by emailing email@example.com.
Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand
Reference: Employer name
Particulars: Payroll Giving
Organisations can also choose to match their employees contributions. This gives you the opportunity to lead by example and show your employees that you are committed to making a difference. All matched donations are also tax deductible.
The Mental Health Foundation runs two major campaigns to promote activites and ideas to nurture wellbeing in the workplace: Mental Health Awareness Week and Pink Shirt Day. For both campaigns we provide free toolkits with activity ideas for staff, posters to build awareness, and stickers to reward participants and fundraisers. Register now to get your workplace involved!
How to donate your fundraising money
Once you’ve held your event and received your team's fundraising money, our preferred method of transfer is by bank deposit. If you’ve touched base with us we’ve probably given you a banking code and reference to use with your banked donation. This helps us to receipt you quickly and efficiently. If you don’t have a donor code and reference, get in touch.
Name of account: Mental Health Foundation
Account number: 02-0100-0752592-097
Reference: as provided
Code: as provided
If you have a question about fundraising at work, fill out this form or call Alanna on 020 417 91531
By raising money for the Mental Health Foundation, you're helping thousands of people access free information on mental health topics.