How your money creates change


Making sure every dollar works for children

ChildFund New Zealand’s work is funded through the generosity of New Zealanders via several income streams including child sponsorship, regular monthly giving, public appeals, New Zealand Aid Programme grants, donations from individuals, trusts and foundations, and bequests.

We Pride Ourselves on Accountability

ChildFund works to a number of international and local Codes and Standards that guide NGOs working in development to do it ‘right’. These include the ChildFund Alliance Standards, the Fundraising Institute of New Zealand and Keeping Children Safe. ChildFund New Zealand is a member of the New Zealand Council for International Development (CID) and a signatory to the CID Code of Ethics, ensuring high standards of corporate governance, public accountability and financial management

ChildFund carries out regular monitoring visits to ensure the work we fund is carried out to a high standard and meets the standards we ascribe to.

Each year ChildFund New Zealand is audited by well-known and reputable accounting firm, KPMG.  ChildFund employs strong fiscal controls that are embedded in its policies and procedures and throughout its payment processes. We also have anti-fraud strategies, including a whistle-blowing policy that allows any individual to report a potential problem. You can view our Annual Report here.

How We Decide What to Fund

ChildFund starts by working with the community to make plans that will improve lives for children. These plans are supported by annual priorities and budgets set by the community. ChildFund works hard to fundraise enough money so the community can achieve their plans. Sometimes these plans are complicated by emergencies such as droughts or floods, and then we need to seek even more help from generous New Zealand supporters.

If ChildFund raises more money than we need for a particular project or community, the funds will be directed to the next project of greatest need.

Community plans are broken into sectoral needs below:



Children need nutritious food, education, healthcare and shelter – and most of this comes with a cost. ChildFund helps families find sustainable ways of earning a decent living to cover these necessities, and to grow healthy, educated, resilient children.



Without clean water and proper sanitation, children will always be at risk. Wells, bores, pipes and hand-pumps are vital in any community. And then there are hygienic pit toilets and training in hygiene practices for good health.



Education means opportunity, and children who miss out are much more likely to remain trapped in poverty. By sponsoring a child you can provide children with books, pencils, textbooks, school blackboards and desks, and even training for teachers.



Simple illnesses, like diarrhoea, can put a child’s life at risk. A combination of health checks, local nurses, immunisation programmes and teaching families the warning signs of disease means children are safer. 



ChildFund believes that every child should grow up in a safe environment where their dignity and worth is valued. ChildFund’s work in child protection strives to protect children from violence, exploitation, abuse and neglect so that children can grow and achieve to their full potential. 


During the 2016-2017 financial year, alongside our regular monitoring process, ChildFund carried out evaluations for three significant projects. Evaluation infographics and ‘lessons learned’ can be found here: 


As ChildFund New Zealand is registered with the New Zealand Government’s Department of Internal Affairs - Charities (formerly Charities Commission) as a charitable entity (CC10081). This means you can claim a third of your donations to ChildFund New Zealand from the IRD. You need to complete the tax form IR526 for the appropriate year. You can find the forms on the Inland Revenue website.

So if you donate $100 to us, $100 of your donation goes towards our work. The New Zealand Government will give you the $33.33 refund to you at the end of the financial year. So don’t worry, it isn’t coming out of the work we are doing.

You can also donate your tax refund back to ChildFund New Zealand if you wish, increasing your impact!


ChildFund takes feedback from all our partners and supporters very seriously – the good and the bad! We have policies and processes for handling feedback (including complaints) that will ensure you are not identified, if you do not wish to be. You can either call us directly on 0800 808 822 or file a complaint with The Council for International Development by emailing

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