New Zealand Post will give more than 1.2 million ‘postage-included’ envelopes to non-profit community organisations and programmes this year.
In all 2,781 groups will benefit from the envelopes, provided as part of Community Post, New Zealand Post’s annual show of support for community-based initiatives.
This year, for the first time, national organisations were able to make a single application for the free envelopes - instead of each branch needing to apply individually - and 110 organisations have taken that approach.
10 of those organisations each received more than 10,000 free postage-included envelopes each, with a further 11 organisations receiving more than 5,000 each.
Nationally, the top ten organisations to benefit (by number of envelopes received) are:
Child Cancer Foundation
Macular Degeneration NZ
Special Olympics NZ
Life Education Trust
Spirit of Adventure Trust
Parkinsonism Society of NZ
Open Home Foundation
In addition, the Child Cancer Foundation, CanTeen, Special Olympics NZ and the Asthma Foundation each received $10,000 worth of free marketing services from New Zealand Post - as did the Epilepsy Association, the AIDS Foundation, the Arthritis Foundation, the Life Flight Trust, Surf Lifesaving NZ, and the Clown Doctor NZ Charitable Trust. Those marketing services will assist them in communicating more effectively with key stakeholders, and assist in activities such as fundraising.
New Zealand Post’s head of sponsorship, Nicola Airey, says it’s a real pleasure to support organisations as they strive to make real positive impacts in their communities.
"Groups like these, with a passion for improving and informing the communities they live in, deserve to be recognised for the excellent work they do," Nicola Airey said.
"Community Post is our way of expressing gratitude on behalf of the community.
"It’s a chance for New Zealand Post to support these groups as they help make the world a better place, one community at a time," Nicola Airey said.