Latest Charity Reporting Awards winners and highly commended announced
- The awards recognise charities that have embraced reporting requirements and are innovative in the way they communicate their performance to stakeholders
Winners range from national organisations through to local ones
The winners and highly commended in the 2020 New Zealand Charity Reporting Awards have been announced.
The awards, organised by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ), recognise best practice among registered charities in adopting financial reporting standards which give greater transparency and consistency among charities.
Peter Vial, New Zealand Country Head for CA ANZ praised the calibre of award entries. In follow up conversations with the winning charities, CA ANZ noted that the qualities of transparency and excellence highlighted in the winning financial reports were also demonstrated in charities' responses to COVID-19. Vial said charities are a critical "shock absorber" when a crisis hits.
First place winners in each of the four tiers received a $1000 prize. The highly commended in each tier and the innovation prize winner received a $500 prize. The prizes are sponsored by chartered accounting firms BDO, RSM, Grant Thornton, William Buck and PKF Hamilton, and CA ANZ.
Tier 1 Winner: Comprehensive Care PHO
Comprehensive Care PHO is a community based not-for-profit Primary Health Organisation. Their purpose is to make a difference to all their people, especially vulnerable children, younger, disadvantaged, older, Māori and Pacific people, in their health and social outcomes, by being a driver of quality, innovation, connection and exciting change for healthcare in the community.
“We perform quite a lot of work in the community, but probably 80% of our workers through general practice where there are an estimated about over 2 million interactions with patients every year across 50 or so general practices staffed mainly by doctors, nurses and practice assistance. So what we're concerned with is the health of the individual, but also the health of population.”
Tier 1 Highly Commended: Barnardos NZ Incorporated
Barnardos works with children, families and whānau in need. They provide a combination of social services and early childhood education to ensure that kiwis have what they need to grow up healthy, safe and happy.
“Every day we are shaping brighter futures together with children and with their families and it helps us to build resilient communities connections between each other and to make our try a place where every child and family feels like they belong. “
“We very much believe that just because someone is facing a tough time right now. It doesn't have to be determinative of lifetime outcomes and that change is possible.”
Tier 2 Winner: The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ
The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ works to end avoidable blindness in the Pacific. They work to restore sight to the needlessly blind through the provision of sight-saving surgeries and treatments, and by training local eye health specialists to deliver eye care services in their own communities.
“We transform lives not only by giving sight back but we give people the independence back as well, restoring someone’s sight cannot only change their lives, but also the lives of their family and their community who may have had to look after them.”
Tier 2 Highly Commended: D V Bryant Trust
D V Bryant Trust is a philanthropic trust established in 1960 in Waikato. They support community organisations that operate in the sectors associated with children, youth and education.
“It was around supporting whatever was that the community organizations were doing and what we did find is that a lot of organisations that would not normally be involved in food, did become involved in food that they knew in terms of their people in the communities.”
Tier 3 Winner: Bellyful New Zealand Trust
Bellyful was 'born' out the desire to see families supported by their fellow community members. Bellyful cooks and delivers meals to families with newborn babies and families with young children who are struggling with illness, where there is little or no family or social support.
“A family come to them, who were down to the last three weetbix, family of five. And they were just so grateful to receive their meals. They just had nothing, and it's just wonderful to know that those meals could be there for the family that needed it.”
Tier 3 Highly Commended: Te Hou Ora Whānau Services
Te Hou Ora was established in 1976 to support young people, whānau and the community of Ōtepoti. Since then, they have diversified and transformed to meet the growing needs of the community. They provide programmes and services to empower families and to help young people positively engage in their communities.
“I'm just really proud of when families turn their lives around and want to give back that really shows that we've made a difference”
Tier 4 Winner: The Reading Revolution
The Reading Revolution aims to facilitate meaningful social contact by providing access to great literature. They run face to face weekly shared reading groups for those who are socially isolated, such as the elderly, prisoners or rough sleepers.
“We help people connect through stories. So if you come to our session, they will help you connect with your inner world, to the group and with the literature.”
Tier 4 Highly Commended: Citizens Advice Bureau Tauranga
The Citizens Advice Bureau Tauranga provides a free, impartial and confidential service of information, guidance and support. They ensure that individuals do not suffer through ignorance of their rights and responsibilities.
“The Aims of the Bureau is to provide free, confidential, independent information and advice to anyone. We help people know what their rights are and how to access services they need. We use insights from our clients' experiences to show when policies and laws and/or their implementation are having a negative impact on people. We work for positive social change.”
Innovation Award Winner: Project Crimson
Project Crimson works with organisations, schools, iwi, communities and individuals to promote conservation and environmental education.
“We've just passed the 500,000 native trees funded mark, which is a huge milestone for us. So that's half a million native trees being planted by community groups, schools, Iwi and farmers and that's 500,000 trees they wouldn't have been able to buy without the generosity of others.”