Running your charity

Governance information for new officers
As an officer your biggest responsibility is to act in the best interest of your charity, making sure it remains focused on its purpose and the benefit it provides to the public.

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CommunityNet Aotearoa
CommunityNet Aotearoa is an online hub where you can find and share resources designed to strengthen community organisations. It puts quality resources in one place making it easy to find the resources you need.

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NZ Navigator
An online self-assessment to help identify your organisation's strengths and weaknesses.

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Geared for success
Regardless of size, income, area of activity or background, there are some key characteristics that effective registered charities demonstrate.

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How to fund your charity
On this page you will find some examples of funding options that are available for New Zealand charities and not-for-profit organisations.

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Tax information
Inland Revenue administers charitable tax exemptions from things such as income tax and resident withholding tax. They also approve donee status which gives tax benefits to people giving donations to your organisation. Inland Revenue generally accepts Charities Services’ decisions regarding charitable registrations, so in most cases tax exemptions and donee status are approved.

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Resolving disputes
Sometimes, disputes can occur between a charity's members, within its governing and management bodies or between the charity and a third party such as a landlord or supplier.

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Charities operating overseas: protect your charity against terrorist financing and other risks
Protecting your charity against terrorism financing resource.pdf

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Volunteers
Volunteers are vital to the success of many charities. Volunteers contribute their time, without pay, to advise, support, fundraise, govern, coach, educate, organise events, answer emails, prepare reports or to generally “help out “ and make a difference in their communities. 

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Charities, elections and political parties
Election time and charities In election years, charities should take special care to ensure their independence from political parties and candidates.   

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