Voting time – Kiwiblog Charity of 2010

December 21st, 2009 at 2:42 pm by David Farrar

In early November I blogged calling for nominations from readers for the 2010 . There were roughly about 80 nominations which makes me think this is something really positive to fuel some great offline events and fundraising. More about these plans in the New Year, but basically there will be four components:

  1. 10% of gross advertising revenues to go to the charity
  2. Online link to dedicated donation page, and updates on charity’s work
  3. A number of fun offline events as fundraisers
  4. Seeking businesses interesting in doing matching donations

I narrowed the nominations down to a five organisation short-list based on the original criteria I stated:

  1. Charity must be based in NZ (but can have international focus)
  2. Should have broad appeal, and be relatively apolitical
  3. Should have national relevance, not local only, and be topical
  4. Should actually deliver services of some kind, not just advocacy
  5. Should be reportable – as in the ability to keep people interested in the work they do with regular updates

Those that did not make this year’s shortlist are not necessarily out of contention for future years.

It is now time to put this short-list to a public poll.

Please use the poll in the blog sidebar to indicate your choice for the 2010 charity. Voting closes at midnight on New Years Eve.  2010 candidates in alphabetical order are:

  • Alzheimers New Zealand Incorporated
  • CanTeen
  • Fred Hollows Foundation
  • New Zealand Red Cross
  • SPCA

Please remember that this process is designed to select a charitable beneficiary by majority vote from the community here. It is pointless for the vote to be skewed by what we can only call “campaigning” as the cause needs to be one that feels right for the people who naturally assemble here!

All five charities are great causes, and I expect over time many of them, if not all of them, will get to be Charity of the Year at some stage – if the concept proves worthwhile by having people get behind it.

Happy Voting!

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19 Responses to “Voting time – Kiwiblog Charity of 2010”

  1. big bruv (12,354 comments) says:

    This is a great idea DPF, you are to be commended.

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  2. hj (5,692 comments) says:

    I see Red Cross are making sure kids in schools don’t go hungry (I signed up for a regular donation) but I wonder where their money went, was it alcohol, pokies?

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  3. William Fussey (45 comments) says:

    CanTeen gets my vote.

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  4. Murray (8,835 comments) says:

    Give it to the reserve bank. New Zealand is clearly a charity case.

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  5. freedom101 (439 comments) says:

    Fred Hollows. Giving people their eyesight for less than $50 a pop is hard to beat. What would you pay to have your eyesight back?

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  6. Pete George (21,810 comments) says:

    It’s a great idea, but I can’t help feeling the choices are safe rather than inspired. The five are of course all deserving charities, can’t argue with any of them, so it’s worth backing, but I would rather have seen something that could have really said and done something. Maybe next time.

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  7. Jman (84 comments) says:

    SPCA gets my vote

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  8. Andy Moore (74 comments) says:

    CanTeen gets my vote

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  9. Tassman (238 comments) says:

    I thought charity trusts are banned from political roles; and in any case, the Sentencing Trust is one, and the other is the Nationalist Vigilante Trust. I was gonna say the Maori Party but then I thought it’s not a trust…

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  10. Elijah Lineberry (306 comments) says:

    I voted for CanTeen (after Anna Woolf expiring).

    David, if the Red Cross wins the vote can I present the cheque (on your behalf) to the yummy Sebastian who touts for Red Cross donations at the Avondale Market here in Auckland?

    http://www.nightcitytrader.blogspot.com

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  11. calendar girl (1,108 comments) says:

    To help with one element of our choices, does anyone have information on each organisation’s administrative costs as a percentage of total donations received?

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  12. David Farrar (1,810 comments) says:

    Calendar Girl: That is a good question. As we are doing all the fundraising ourselves, it is my expectation that any money we raise will not need to incur any marketing or admin costs by the charity and go directly to projects. When we have a preferred charity we will talk to them about whether money raised goes towards a specific project or activity.

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  13. hj (5,692 comments) says:

    What is reasonable for a charity to ask for? Asking for say $20/ month is like having another expense (like mobile phone) and for some people they have their own future care to think about. On the other hand of course one might go to heaven for it.

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  14. hj (5,692 comments) says:

    The Red Cross spend 10% on administrative cost (I think).

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  15. Nomestradamus (2,769 comments) says:

    DPF:

    This is fantastic stuff – well done!

    One suggestion though: what about adding a sixth criterion for your organisation short-list that automatically excludes the previous year’s winner from consideration? That’d prevent the same charity winning in any two consecutive years, and open the field for other deserving charities. Just a thought… what do you think?

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  16. MikeNZ (3,234 comments) says:

    They all do good work.
    I voted for canteen as its the younger generation.

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  17. Dirty Rat (504 comments) says:

    Having audited several “charities” I can vouch that some who advertise on Television will NEVER get my dollar, despite the images of mistreatment.

    I would watch who I give my money to, a simple search on the Charities website will dislose annual accounts of those who have millions of dollars in term deposits. Obviously the money isnt going to those subjects you feel sorry for.

    Hence, I recommend that the Charity should be Rats drinking fund, lets see if he can get to 1000 Kiwiblog Demerits before Christmas.

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  18. Sonny Blount (1,829 comments) says:

    It’s a great idea, but I can’t help feeling the choices are safe rather than inspired. The five are of course all deserving charities, can’t argue with any of them, so it’s worth backing, but I would rather have seen something that could have really said and done something. Maybe next time.

    What a tosser.

    What you want is a bumper sticker that no one else has right? How progressive.

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  19. Matt Long (88 comments) says:

    SPCA, could be a great charity, however they spend their donations on such clever exploits as importing cats from Wellington to Whangarei to kill our native bird life and putting kiwi killers (Dangerous dog breeds.) into local homes as well. They’ll never see a cent from me without major changes.

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