CommUnity develops and protects your business by supporting the communities that support you

Why become a CommUnity Merchant?


Corporate sponsorship has always been a difficult process to justify as they cannot support all approaches. We have all seen New Zealand businesses struggling to decide which sponsorship requests to support, and how to measure whether those sponsorships genuinely expand their customer base and cultivate loyalty. The effect on businesses who cannot support all applications is significant.


Enter: CommUnity.


CommUnity fosters loyal custom by supporting the Community Groups and charities your customers most care about. As a CommUnity Merchant, you decide what % of every CommUnity Members transaction you can afford to give back to your community along with a small annual listing fee of $1000 + GST. For the merchant, both these costs are tax deductible and once registered, copies of the listing fee & % contribution invoices can be viewed and downloaded from the secure merchant portal to be included in annual tax returns.


The merchant % contribution from each sale can be in 0.5% increments and starts at 3% up to any custom % value the merchant feels comfortable with. The average % contribution from every CommUnity Member’s purchase sits between 3 – 5% across our merchant industries.


Every time a CommUnity Member shops with you, you will donate a percentage of the sale to that Member’s chosen CommUnity Groups, positioning you as their preferred Merchant to shop with. CommUnity also saves you the up-front financial outlay involved in traditional sponsorship deals.


Real-time data takes the guesswork out of sponsorship, showing the financial and personal impact of your contribution on CommUnity Groups. Bonus: CommUnity requires very little admin on your part with no loyalty cards for processing at point of sale.


It’s just better business!


Join CommUnity and…

  • Fulfil your Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
  • See your customer retention rise. Retention is cheaper than trying to gain new customers. Happy customers talk to others and loyalty is built both ways
  • The CommUnity App/website allows each store (regional/national office) to list promotions. Each merchant has the option to select a start and end date for each promotion along with a scheduling feature
  • Encourage your customers to become CommUnity Members. This gives you a constructive answer to requests for sponsorship from community groups and charities you would otherwise have to refuse
  • Receive reports relating to how much money you have generated for the community, how many members are your customers and more
  • Find no additional administration costs and no inconvenience to customers
  • Download annual tax information showing your business % contribution and Listing Fee. Plus receive tax benefits
  • The CommUnity App will direct Members to CommUnity Merchants—changing the way we shop
  • Advertise for free using the Merchant search function on the App/website.
  • Be supported with online resources to promote your partnership with CommUnity
  • Gain a competitive advantage over global online retailers by building bonds with your customers
  • Be part of the movement strengthening Kiwi communities

The Benefits of CommUnity

Build a loyal customer base

By supporting the community groups and charities that matter to your customers, you give them a powerful reason to do business with you rather than faceless global retailers.

Build loyalty with your customers to gain a competitive advantage.

Enjoyable shopping experiences breed customer retention. Happy customers refer their friends and whānau—growing your business.

CommUnity will change the way we shop

See the difference you are making

CommUnity gives you visibility of the positive impact you and your customers are having on your community ensuring funds get spread right across grassroot community groups. CommUnity spreads the maximum amount of money across all community groups.

The online reporting function of CommUnity will allow you to see exactly how many transactions you are making with CommUnity Members and how much money you are returning to the causes they care about. See the value of your participation in real time!

We are stronger together!

The CommUnity mission and you…

There are no hidden costs. When you register with CommUnity you agree to a small annual Listing Fee and a fixed percentage of each transaction that a CommUnity Member makes with your business. You only pay the fixed percentage when CommUnity Members do business with you.

CommUnity was founded with the sole purpose of generating funds for Kiwi community groups. CommUnity is helping to secure the future of New Zealand’s community groups and charities spanning the arts, music, culture, sport, health, sustainability, education, welfare, religion, recreation.

It’s not a business, it’s a movement!

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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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