How we raise & spend donations
We also receive funding from the WWF Network, private foundations, trusts & grants, corporate sponsors and earned income. You can click this link to read our latest annual report, which gives a breakdown of funds.
Your donations mean we are able to have a powerful impact in protecting endangered animals and defending our natural world. We ask people to contribute to a specific conservation cause through our telephone, face-to-face and postal campaigns. We also ask people to become regular supporters of WWF's work, and make a contribution on a regular basis.
All donations are important - without the generosity of you, our supporters, we simply wouldn't exist.
Your support is critically important to our ability to campaign. The more people on whose behalf we speak, the more influential we are in persuading governments, businesses and communities around the world to reduce their impact on our planet’s natural environment. Regular givers in particular give us reliable, long-term income which is vital for successful conservation work.
Our fundraising teams
Our fundraising teams are an important part of WWF-New Zealand's work, and we train our fundraising teams to operate by WWF’s own values, and engage with people in a respectful way.
Regular supporters - how your donations fund our work
The vast majority of our funds are donated by generous New Zealanders, people who make regular contributions to fund our work to protect nature here in New Zealand and around the world.
All fundraising methods have a cost, and the average cost of recruiting a new supporter through our door-to-door teams is 20-25% of the average contribution of a donor. WWF is a member of the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association (PRFA), and we comply with their code of conduct which is available here.
Along with directly funding our conservation programme, a proportion of your donation also goes to fund our operational costs - administration, marketing & communications, and fundraising. All parts of our organisation are essential to delivering our conservation programme - if we didn't raise funds, or employ staff to process donations, we wouldn't be able to run campaigns to protect wildlife and wild spaces. You can find more details of how we invest funds in our annual report.
How we keep supporters informed
New regular givers receive welcome packs with information about the conservation programmes they are supporting.
We also update you on how your funds are being spent through letters & receipts, and through our Living Planet newsletter which we send out to our regular supporters, with news and information about current campaigns and programmes. We also send out regular e-newsletters which include links to our Facebook & Twitter profiles which are a fresh news stream about the progress of our campaigns.
If you have any questions you would like us to answer, or thoughts on how we can improve how we communicate to you about how your donations are spent, please do get in touch with us, either over email - email@example.com – or call our team on 04 499 2930 between 8.30am and 5pm Monday to Friday.
Out of office hours, contact Greg Millar, Head of Fundraising and Operations on 021 148 4593.
Thanks again for supporting WWF to protect our living planet.