‘Tis the season for giving… and giving back

A recent New Zealand charities survey showed personal giving to charities in New Zealand is up by 20%, however corporate sponsorship and corporate giving to charities is down by 22%.

Supplied by Arnet Law

llTimes are tough for many charities.
It’s hard raising funds for the amazing work that many of them do. If you regularly donate money to charity, we salute you. If you feel like your budget is too stretched to hand over a chunk of money, there are still plenty of things you can do to give back to the community — for free. Volunteering can be a painless way to give back to the community, especially if you do it with your family or a group of friends.
Give Virtually: Volunteering online in your spare time by helping charities meet challenges they face is a fantastic way to get involved.
Make closet cleaning charitable: Have a clear out. Donate all your unwanted items. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
Play games online: when you have a few spare minutes, play the vocabulary game at www.freerice.com and donate 10 grains of rice to the World Food Programme for each correct answer. It’s free to you, as it’s funded by sponsors who advertise on the site.
Christmas is often the season of excess and over indulging. We give and receive so many things, many of which we don’t need or will never use. Some people are easy to buy for and some are extremely difficult.
Have you considered making a donation on someone else’s behalf as a Christmas gift?
And don’t forget, one of our specialist areas, wills. Whilst you may not be in a position to make a donation during your life time, consider a gift in your will. It’s never too late.
At Arnet Law this year, we have decided to cut back on the corporate gifts, and you may have read a few weeks ago, we have adopted the Life Education Trust Counties Manukau as our charity of choice. In place of sending client gifts which we have no idea if they ever use or even appreciate, this year on behalf of our clients through the Life Education Adopt a School Programme we are assisting to bring the messages of Life Education to the children of the Franklin District.

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