CommUnity is an innovative fund generating program

The three major components of CommUnity

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Become a CommUnity Member

Raise money for the causes you care about while you shop. It doesn’t cost you anything and you decide who benefits. Join us in putting some of your everyday spending back into the community.

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Become a CommUnity Merchant

Register as a CommUnity Merchant to grow your community engagement. We are helping businesses balance purpose and profit by turning commerce into community. It’s just better business!

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Become a CommUnity Group

Register as a CommUnity Group to prosper through ongoing funding generated by your members, fans, friends and their whānau when they register and become CommUnity Members. Everybody wins!

CommUnity in detail

It works like this…

Anyone with a New Zealand bank account can register as a CommUnity Member. That might be you, your friends, whānau, business owners, employees, or CommUnity Group supporters.

When you register, we will ask you to choose up to three CommUnity Groups to receive a small percentage of every in-store and/or online purchases you make at participating CommUnity Merchants — paying directly from your bank account or by using any of your eftpos, debit or credit cards. The percentage is agreed upon by the Merchant when they first register with CommUnity.

All funds raised are paid to CommUnity. We then deposit 60% of the total amount raised from all CommUnity Members’ transactions at CommUnity Merchants into the relevant CommUnity Group accounts, each quarter. The remaining 40% goes into ‘The CommUnity Fund’ where all money after operating expenses, goes back to the community through an application process designed to cater for future projects or programs. CommUnity is providing untagged funds for annual operations (the 60%) as well as funding for future projects and programs (40%). CommUnity has the ability to fund up to 100% of the funding required for the successful project or program applicants. CommUnity will work alongside all other funding agencies to make your plans a reality.

CommUnity – Turning Commerce into Community

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What people are saying about us

Sunny Nelson Real Fruit Ice Cream Josh

"I can see the vision of what CommUnity could be and I’m excited. A place where Kiwis back their neighbor to nourish their community.” – Josh, Sunny Nelson Real Fruit Ice Cream

The Incubator Creative Hub Simone Andersen and team

"The arts is often seen as a bit of an indulgence which we know is not true. It’s actually a massive necessity for wellness in society and personal wellness so we’re really excited that people get the opportunity to share some of their goodwill and see it distributed amongst the community," Simone Andersen, The Incubator Creative Hub

Hoppers Garden Bar Jessica and Brownyn Payne, Owners

“Living and working in a community, it’s been really important to find new and powerful ways to connect to our customers. Giving back to the community who support us everyday is really important to us and CommUnity allows us to do that in a really seamless way.” - Jessica and Brownyn Payne, Owners

Everlasting Anna Paterson – Founder / CEO

"We are so excited to be part of the CommUnity group. Through coming on board, it is going to allow us to do greater. Whether  this is by assisting women and families, in New Zealand, with finance or clothing - whatever the need, we love to give and the greater we can give the more impact we can have." - Anna Paterson – Founder / CEO, Everlasting

Fourviere New Zealand Michael Loretz, Fourviere NZ

“Together with CommUnity, local businesses and the families in our community, we can all take a confident stride towards heaven - right here, today!” - Michael Loretz, Director, Fourviere NZ

World Wildlife Fund NZ Livia Esterhazy, World Wildlife Fund

"We’re so excited to be on the CommUnity platform because it allows us to get on with our work and be part of communities and help them." - Livia Esterhazy, CEO, World Wildlife Fund

Ocean Beach Kiwi Surf Life Saving Club

As a group that relies on donations, Ocean Beach Kiwi Surf Life Saving Club is thrilled to have another platform to fundraise.

Rowing New Zealand Simon Peterson

"As a national sporting organisation we're constantly looking regionally and locally to support our members. CommUnity is a way of us supporting commercially, at a local level, and our volunteers, at a local level. For a national body to have that umbrella outlook is very exciting" said Rowing New Zealand's Simon Peterson.

Koha Apparel Phil Goff and Chlöe Swarbrick.

Providing clothing for New Zealanders doing it tough. In 2020 alone this not-for-profit kept close to 4,000 clothing items out of landfill by giving them a new life with those in need.

The Nest – Greymouth Tania Gibson - Grey District Mayor

"A way for businesses and community groups to fundraise in the new technology era. It will raise money for causes you care about while you shop. So watch this space, you will be hearing more about it in the coming months!" - Tania Gibson, Greg District Mayor.

Alpha Sports

“When we opened Alpha Sports we knew we wanted to give something back to local charities, community groups & organisations... for Alpha Sports, this was really important. CommUnity gives us the platform to be able to do that, and more. How could you say no to giving back to your local Community... the same people that support us every day? Let’s do this!” - Mike and Dean, Alpha Sports

New Zealand Alopecia

These incredible ladies are here to support people with Alopecia. NZ Alopecia is a place for Alopecia sufferers to learn more about their condition, to view new developments and to reach out and connect with others.

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