Running your charity

Governance information for new officers
As an officer your biggest responsibility is to act in the best interest of your charity, making sure it remains focused on its purpose and the benefit it provides to the public.

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CommunityNet Aotearoa
CommunityNet Aotearoa is an online hub where you can find and share resources designed to strengthen community organisations. It puts quality resources in one place making it easy to find the resources you need.

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NZ Navigator
An online self-assessment to help identify your organisation's strengths and weaknesses.

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Geared for success
Regardless of size, income, area of activity or background, there are some key characteristics that effective registered charities demonstrate.

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How to fund your charity
On this page you will find some examples of funding options that are available for New Zealand charities and not-for-profit organisations.

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Tax information
Inland Revenue administers charitable tax exemptions from things such as income tax and gift duty for people who give gifts to charitable entities. Inland Revenue generally accepts Charities Services’ decisions regarding charitable registrations, so in most cases tax exemptions are approved.

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Resolving disputes
Sometimes, disputes can occur between a charity's members, within its governing and management bodies or between the charity and a third party such as a landlord or supplier.

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Protecting against terrorism and money laundering
Charities are at risk of being misused by individuals or other organisations to finance or support terrorism or assist money laundering. It is wise to be aware of the risks, and to take appropriate precautions.

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Volunteers
Volunteers are vital to the success of many charities. Volunteers contribute their time, without pay, to advise, support, fundraise, govern, coach, educate, organise events, answer emails, prepare reports or to generally “help out “ and make a difference in their communities. 

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