FREE webinar series for charities and not-for-profits who carry out some of their purposes overseas

Published 23 August 2019

If your charity or not-for-profit carries out some of its purposes overseas, or if you are interested in the following topics, you are invited to attend a series of free webinars from August to October 2019.

The webinars will be delivered by officials from several government agencies including Inland Revenue, the Ministry of Justice and Charities Services, a part of the Department of Internal Affairs. The purpose of the webinars is to help you understand some of the rules and obligations that may apply to your charity or not-for-profit organisation. The webinars will cover tax rules for donee organisations and charities, protecting your organisation from terrorism financing and ways to detect and prevent fraud in your not-for-profit.

Webinar 1: Know your tax obligations
Tuesday 27 August 2019, 12.00pm-1.00pm

Inland Revenue will walk you through recent tax changes for charities and not-for-profits that carry out some of their purposes overseas.

We will cover:

  • Our new guidance about donee status, including what to do if you apply 25% or more of your funds overseas and how to establish a New Zealand fund
  • How you could be eligible for overseas donee status
  • The tax benefits you can offer if your volunteers include student loan borrowers who work overseas
  • Your obligation to pay income tax if your charity receives business income and your purposes are not limited to New Zealand.


There will be opportunities to ask questions during the webinar.

Ahead of the presentation you may wish to familiarise yourself with the guidance Inland Revenue provides on its website for not-for-profit and charitable organisations working overseas(external link).

Sign up for Tax rules for donee organisations and charities(external link)

Webinar 2: Protecting your organisation from terrorism financing
Thursday 26 September 2019, 12.00pm-1.00pm

Police and the Ministry of Justice will walk you through what terrorism financing is and how organisations like yours can unwittingly be taken advantage of to fund terrorism.

We will cover:

  • What terrorism financing is
  • What our international obligations are and why it matters to New Zealand
  • How not-for-profits can be abused to raise and move funds for terrorist purposes, especially overseas terrorism
  • How to stop terrorism financing, what to watch for and how doing this can actually help your organisation.


There will be opportunities to ask questions during the webinar and we will point you towards contacts who can help you when you need it.

Sign up for Protecting your organisation from terrorism financing(external link)

Webinar 3: How to detect and prevent fraud
Thursday 24 October 2019, 12.00pm-1.00pm

Charities Services will walk you through how to detect and prevent fraud in your charity or not-for-profit organisation.

We will cover:

  • What fraud is
  • What your responsibilities as a member of a board or committee of a charity are
  • How to detect fraud in your organisation
  • How to prevent fraud in in your organisation
  • What you should do if you identify fraud in your organisation
  • We will also discuss examples of fraud that have resulted in significant losses to the charitable sector.


There will be opportunities to ask questions during the webinar.

Sign up for How to detect and prevent fraud in your not-for-profit(external link)