Other useful resources for charities
Information and support from government
Updated 12 August 2020
- All charities should read the guidelines and follow updates from the Government’s COVID website(external link).
- Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori have produced an excellent language resource(external link) that gives te reo terms linked to COVID-19.
- The Office of Ethnic Communities has prepared videos about COVID-19(external link) in a variety of languages for ethnic communities.
- The Government also announced support for people affected by the downturn in business due to COVID-19. More information on help available is on the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment(external link) and Inland Revenue websites(external link).
- Find out more about the wage subsidy and leave support here(external link).
- The government's COVID-19 pages have a simple financial support tool(external link) that lets you know what support you or your organisation may be eligible for.
- Charities may qualify for the Small Business Cash Flow Loan. Find out more information here(external link).
- Our Community Operations whānau have provided information(external link) for those wanting to look out for the next community grant round. They will also remain open, but working remotely, during the shutdown.
- To help charities with financial reporting questions, the External reporting Board (XRB) has collated useful links on its website: Information in response to COVID-19(external link).
- The Ministry of Health has produced specific guidance for aged care providers(external link) in how they can respond to the virus.
- Oranga Tamariki and Ministry for Social Development have put together a list of social sector organisations providing essential services(external link). Please contact them if you are essential service and haven't heard from a government agency.
- Log on to your charity’s online account(external link) to review your rules document and see what procedures and policies you may have in place to deal with this kind of situation.
Resources for charities and boards
- CommunityNet Aotearoa has produced a helpful resource(external link) with relevant up-to-date information from the Ministry of Health, advice on public events and mass gatherings, MBIE’s information for businesses and general advice provided by the World Health Organisation.
- Philanthropy New Zealand has issued guidance(external link) around what charities and people who want to give can do during this time.
- Volunteering New Zealand is the national organisation for volunteering and volunteers, and it works collaboratively with Volunteer Centres. Their website has resources to help manage pandemics and disasters for volunteer organisations.(external link) They have also released guidelines for volunteers working under different alert levels and for community organisations working with volunteers under different alert levels. (external link)
- The Fundraising Institute of New Zealand (FINZ) has brought together a panel of experts for their Ask the Experts page(external link). You can submit your own question to the experts as well as read all the past questions and answers.
- JBWere has published a guide that has seven areas of focus for board leadership to consider during times of crisis. Read the full report here(external link). We have adapted this report into a single page guide here: Governance in a crisis for small charities. [PDF, 77 KB]
- For Tier 1 and Tier 2 entities, the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) Foundation has released educational documents for the consistent reporting of IFRS 16 (external link)Leases(external link) and IFRS 9 Financial Instruments.(external link)
- Transparency International New Zealand has released their pandemic response plan(external link), which can be adapted and used as a template.
- The Institute of Directors has some tips on what Boards can do(external link) to deal with the impact of COVID-19.
- RSM New Zealand provided a blog(external link) on practical steps board's should be thinking about.
- Volunteering Waikato has written a blog(external link) that gives tips for non-profits and volunteer engagement leaders for planning for COVID-19.
- COVID-19 may make your organisation more vulnerable to scammers. Check out our FAQs page for more information. You can also report any scams to Netsafe(external link) or learn more about Spam and Electronic Messaging here.(external link)
Resources for remote working
- TechSoup has highlighted a number of useful tools(external link), online platforms and another page suggesting helpful tech resources(external link) to aid in the transition to a remote workforce.
Resources from abroad
- The Institute of Community Directors in Australia has given access to a library of capacity building resources(external link) including policies and help sheets to support the sector during this time.
- This information comes from the National Council of Voluntary Organisations(external link) in the UK. It has a lot of relevant information for New Zealand charities. They have also written a blog outlining what trustees need to think about and practical tips for working remotely(external link).
- What non-profit board members should be doing right now to address the COVID-19 situation(external link) – a handy blog from BoardSource (USA).