Sunrise workplace giving is an easy way for companies to help their employees give back to our local community with regular donations through their payroll system.
It is simple for both employer and employee.
Companies aren't required to contribute any money up front.
All a company needs to do is enable staff to donate through the payroll system (we can help set this up); include workplace giving information in induction packs for new staff; and give us the opportunity to talk to your staff about workplace giving. We keep presentations short and can do them in small groups to minimise the impact on our business. There is no obligation on your employees to participate.
Not only is workplace giving an easy way for people to donate a little often, it also has the added bonus of an immediate tax benefit.
Employees receive an immediate tax credit for their donations, instead of having to retain their receipts and wait until the end of the year to claim a rebate.
For every dollar donated they receive a third back as a tax credit in the same pay period. If you donate $7.50, the government pays $2.50 of that meaning only $5 is deducted from your pay packet.
Workplace giving is a very powerful way for our community to support itself and build a strong legacy for the future.
Every little bit helps - Turanga Health
In their first year of workplace giving the Turanga Health team collectively donated nearly $5000 to Sunrise.
Reweti Ropiha, Turanga Health CEO, says you don’t even notice the dent in your weekly pay packet when you give a little bit each week. “My workplace giving is less than a couple of cups of coffee, an easy sacrifice to make to support local needs.”
Glenda Stokes, Sunrise Executive Officer, believes many people underestimate the potential of workplace giving. She says that if just 1 percent of the Gisborne District’s population donated $5 a week that would equate to over $170,000 per year.
If those people gave over a ten year period, their donations (including income retained to protect the donated funds from inflation) would grow to over $2 million - all for the price of a cup of coffee a week.
Glenda says workplace giving is not only an easy way for anyone to donate, it also has the added bonus of an immediate tax benefit. “If you donate $7.50 per week, the government pays $2.50 of that, meaning only $5 is deducted from your pay packet."
"Workplace giving is a very powerful way for our community to support itself and build a strong legacy for the future.
Reweti compares workplace giving to building a brick wall. “We can enable our staff to give a brick or two a week. The more companies that help people give bricks, the bigger and stronger the wall. I encourage all Gisborne companies to join us in workplace giving and help to build a prosperous future for Tairawhiti, brick by brick.”
Laura Biddle was surprised how much the team at Turanga Health have donated in the short time they’ve been doing workplace giving. She says it’s been easy to do and it feels great to be making a difference for our community.
“It’s important to me that Sunrise is a local charity and my donations are going to help build a more prosperous Tairawhiti for my mokopuna.”
Coates Associates is the latest Gisborne business to join Sunrise’s workplace giving programme.
Coates Associates partner, Robyn Tomlinson, says that they regularly support a wide range of worthy causes. “But what particularly appealed to us about Sunrise’s workplace giving are the long term benefits for the region and the simplicity of the scheme for both employer and employee.”
She says Sunrise’s endowment model (funds are invested for the long term) and local focus (all money raised here, stays here) meant workplace giving was an easy decision for them. “It was very simple to set up the programme through our payroll software so that anyone employed at Coates can make a regular donation.”
Joining Sunrise's workplace giving was an easy decision for Coates Associates as it was simple to set up the programme through their payroll system. Glenda, Mitchell McFarlane and Robyn Tomlinson.
Glenda Stokes, Sunrise executive officer, says that workplace giving is not only an easy way for anyone to donate, it also has the added bonus of an immediate tax benefit. “If you donate $7.50, the government pays $2.50 of that, meaning only $5 is deducted from your pay packet,” she says.
“Sunrise workplace giving is a powerful way for our community to support itself and build a strong legacy for the future. If just one percent of the Gisborne district’s population donated $5 a week that would equate to over $170,000 per year. If those people gave for ten years, their donations (including income retained to protect the donations from inflation) would grow to over $2 million - all for the price of a cup of coffee a week.”
Mitchell McFarlane, Coates Associates partner, says the company are delighted to support workplace giving as they can see the potential of many people giving small amounts over time. He likes the analogy that workplace giving is like building a brick wall. The more companies that join and help their staff to give a small donation (brick) each week, the bigger and stronger the wall.
“It’s pretty impressive to think that as more people get involved, our small community can make big steps to help future generations.”
Born and raised in Gisborne, he says that now he has his own family, “it’s even more important to me that we look after our place for our children and their children’s children.”
The team at Coates Associates were already familiar with Sunrise having introduced some of their clients to giving through Sunrise.
Robyn added that they have clients with no family members to inherit their estate and no clear succession plan for when they pass away. She says that “one of the most appealing aspects is how flexible Sunrise is, “Glenda can work with donors to ensure that their wishes are adhered to once they pass away. Sunrise also sets up a named fund for donors with assets over $50,000 meaning grants from the proceeds of their estate will go out in their name indefinitely.”
Gisborne Herald Group joins workplace giving
Gisborne Herald Group is the latest organisation to join the Sunrise Workplace Giving programme.
Catherine Chrisp, Gisborne Herald Group Company Accountant, says she was impressed with workplace giving as it makes it easy to give and donating $5 week is achievable for many people.
The Gisborne Herald Group, which includes Te Rau Press and Office Product Depot, are well known as philanthropic supporters of a wide range of causes across our community. Catherine says they are offering workplace giving to their staff because Sunrise is a local charity and all the funds stay in the Gisborne District. “These days you can’t always be sure the donation you give a charity isn’t going to disappear. Either out of the region, or wasted on overheads and admin costs. Sunrise doesn’t use any of the funds donated to pay for running costs and grants are only given to local charities and organisations. This was very appealing to us.”
The Eastland Community Trust, J N Williams Memorial Trust and Clark Charitable Trust have sponsored the running cost of Sunrise for the first five years. Glenda Stokes, Sunrise Executive Officer, says this support has allowed Sunrise to concentrate on growing funds and supporting those in need in our community. “It has also given donors the confidence that 100% of their donation will help make a difference to our community.”
She added “Sunrise workplace giving is a powerful way for our community to build a strong legacy for the future. If just one percent of the Gisborne district’s population donated $5 a week that would equate to over $170,000 per year. If those people gave for ten years, their donations (including income retained to protect the donations from inflation) would grow to over $2 million – all for the price of a cup of coffee.
Catherine added that Sunrise’s endowment model (all donations are invested, protected and grown in line with inflation) is reassuring as the funds will be there for future generations to benefit from. The surplus investment income is distributed to charities and organisations in the Gisborne District. She believes the Sunrise granting process, where applicants apply for funding for specific projects and are obligated to report back how the funds were spent, ensures there is transparency and eliminates wastage. “Workplace giving is sustainable giving with clear outcomes and accountability.”
Staff at the Gisborne Herald, Te Rau Print and Office Product Depot can now donate to The Sunrise Foundation automatically through payroll and will not only get to see their donations working in our community, they will also enjoy an immediate tax benefit. If someone chooses to donate $7.50 a week, the government pays $2.50 of that (PAYE), meaning only $5 is deducted from their pay packet.