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Registered Charities

Promoting your registration

If you are now a registered charitable entity - congratulations!

We encourage you to promote your unique charity registration number and refer potential donors and supporters to your charity's information on the Charities Register.

The best way of doing this is to use your unique registration number to show the public that your charity has met the requirements of registration under the Charities Act, and is proven to have a charitable purpose. Members of the public are entitled to ask fundraisers for your registration number, and some funders may also ask you for it when you apply to them for funding.

We encourage you to refer supporters and potential donors to your charity's information on the Charities Register itself, at www.register.charities.govt.nz as it will help people to make well-informed decisions about your charity, and about supporting you.

Displaying your registration number on your promotional materials is not compulsory. However, if you choose to do so, we suggest you use the wording below on your print materials and website, alongside your organisation's logo.

You might also want to create an electronic link from your CC number to your summary page on the Charities Register. See our instructions, below.

Please note: the Charities Commission does not make its logo available for any other organisation to use.

EXAMPLE

Happy Days Trust
Registered charitable entity
www.charities.govt.nz
CC12345

Hyperlinks (also called URLs) are an easy way to direct people to your page on the Charities Register, and promote your registration status. These links can be used in - for example, e-mails, on your website and in electronic letters or promotional material.

Here are some quick steps to get you started:

  1. Go to the Charities Register and find your summary page (these words, in blue, are an example of a hyperlink)
  2. Copy the page link from your browser's address bar at the top of the page. It will look something like this:
    http://www.register.charities.govt.nz/CharitiesRegister/CharitySummary.aspx?id=9bf6fbd7-bee8-dc11-99cd-0015c5f3da29 (example only)
  3. In your document or email, type in the words you wish to add the hyperlink to - for example, "ABC charity is registered with the Charities Commission" and insert the address copied in step 2 into these words. How you insert the hyperlink will depend on the application you are using but generally speaking, highlight the words you want to link from, --> Right click --> Insert hyperlink.
  4. Test the link to see that it works.

You can also give this link to your web administrator, and ask them to add it to your website so that potential donors are aware that your organisation is registered under the Charities Act.