Our incredible charities are up to big things every day. So to connect the generous people supporting them with the impact their contributions have, we share stories each month and produce a print and online publication: The Generosity Journal.
Recent stories & interviews.
A few weeks back, Sustainable Coastlines facilitated their 500th beach clean-up to date. On the back of this impressive milestone, their Co-Founder and General Manager Camden Howitt gives us the lowdown on what that number truly means.
When Kelly saw a need in her local community and a means to help, she jumped at the chance. She's just opened the doors of Bellyful’s 19th branch on Hibiscus Coast, with hopes of providing the type of support that meant so much to her when she first became a parent herself.
From a kid who used to lock himself in his room and shut up shop, to killing it in dance lessons at The Royal Palace, Leti’s come a real long way in just a few years. Huia O’Sullivan, and the rest of the Nga Rangatahi Toa wrap-around whānau support crew have been with him all the while.
Manurewa school Rowandale Primary is one of the latest to boast a Garden to Table programme and living garden in 2017, but it’s been the generosity of one local mum, Alphena Wiperi, that has seen something special take place here.
In 2016, Noa Woolloff received a scholarship from Inspiring Stories to attend Festival for the Future and has since launched his own social enterprise, Increase Clothing, to pay it forward and send fellow teen parents along to life-changing courses.
Maurethe was left with little in her tank as she dealt with two energetic boys, serious health issues, post-natal depression and the stresses of work. Luckily there was Bellyful to fill her freezer. Sometimes little things like that can make all the difference.
Sometimes it's not just about getting housed but about staying housed. After spending four years on the street himself, Wellington local Alexi knows what it's like to be homeless more than most. These days, he's a proud part of the team at DCM who offer a helping hand to taumai at risk of losing their accommodation.
Anna Stevenson, Kaibosh’s Lower Hutt Volunteer Manager, spoke with Child Cancer Foundation to learn more about the amazing things they're doing with donated Kaibosh food, and how much a box of goodness can mean to a family in their time of need.
Mum Jade generously shares the story of the Braddock family's newest member, from the time she arrived fourteen weeks early and fit into the palm of their hand, to the superhero they see now.
Otis has Down syndrome, but since he’s been getting speech-therapy training from four months’ old and his communication skills are stellar, he’s been able to keep up. We caught up with Mum Asha and little brother Teddy to learn more.
Since getting her hands into the kitchen and garden at school, 10-year-old Abby has been through an incredible transformation around food. We caught up with her and her awestruck mum to learn more.
SpinningTop Manager Annie shares how the year so far has been in their world, what the current political and humanitarian climate is like on the Thai/Burma border where they work, and what’s ahead for the brilliant wee charity.
Freshly back from a scoping trip to Tonga, Take My Hands’ managing trustee, Janette, is more driven than ever to support the country in delivering better healthcare. Now that many of the needs are known, they're ready to muck in.
Tihema brings her dentist skills to those who need it most as a volunteer down at DCM's Dental Service. She shares some of the recent stories from the dental chair with us, and how for some, addressing that debilitating pain is the first step that's needed on the journey to getting healthy and housed.
Sivan Nathan, a longtime One Percent donor and volunteer with partner charity Nga Rangatahi Toa, shares her experience of mucking in to work with the NRT crew through their recent Matariki photography exhibition project.
As a graduate of Inspiring Stories' Live the Dream programme, and key speaker at their recent Festival For The Future, Jody Burrell shares the experience with us of her journey with mental health, and how it helped shaped the organisation she runs with her two best friends now.
NZ comedy wizard Ben Hurley shares with us his top 12 tips to make a better and more generous world right here in Aotearoa.
Janette shares the story of chucking in her role with TVNZ as organiser of anything and everything, to found and take up the helm at our partner charity Take My Hands, providing spare medical supplies and equipment to people who need them.
Long-time One Percent donor Laura shares her story with us, from struggling teen, to being Bloods, and all the way to her role now as director of campaigns at ActionStation.
Oliver Vetter of partner charity Sustainable Coastlines shares the experience of getting lost at sea, how it only deepened his love for the ocean, and what the innovative charity are up to these days to fight for our waterways and coastlines.
Guy Ryan, CEO of partner charity Inspiring Stories, shares an intimate account of the ups and downs getting the incredible project into smooth waters.
Sarah Longbottom, director of our partner charity Ngā Rangatahi Toa, shares all about her weird and wonderful upbringing, how it's shaped her work and the huge focus they put on a simple human connection.
Funnyman James Nokise breaks down what 'being real' is for us and shares all about what telling the truth is like in the world of comedy and theatre.
We asked Wellington mayor (and One Percent Collective supporter) Justin Lester and DCM director Stephanie McIntyre about common misconceptions around homelessness, what’s needed to end it, and how the average Joe can help.
We caught up with a year two class from Birkenhead Primary School and asked them a number of questions about their world. Here's what the future generation told us…
Dr Max Berry is devoted to helping give preterm babies better outcomes. Her legion of tiny patients and their parents are right alongside her. If only the grown-ups holding the purse strings would understand…
The cover of this fourth issue of The Generosity Journal sprung from the mind and talents of Greg Straight. Here, he explains the process behind the cover artwork, and how it ended up turning into a bit of a monster.
New Zealand you’ve gone and done it! We’ve hit the mark where a cool $1,000,000 is raised through One Percent Collective donors every year for our partner charities and, looking around, we’re fizzing to see the results.
Issue Four is out now! We've been fizzing for this one for months, with amazing features and articles all focused around the theme of 'The Future Story'. Check it out and enjoy!
Ever wondered what a day in the life of NZ's pioneering food rescue organisation looks like? To find out, we followed a team of Kaibosh workers on a typical shift as they carried out their mission to slash food waste and feed the hungry.
As the kids at Papatoetoe West Primary set off to harvest goodies from the garden, we caught up with their teacher and principal to learn more about how Garden To Table has become the kids' favourite class of all.
Life loves to throw curveballs, but Alexis tells us the support she’s been getting from Bellyful Hamilton is a game-changer in dealing with them. She shares the story of her most recent birth, and how the kindness of friends and strangers helped her through.
This is the lucky story of how we came to meet the insanely generous Julian from 1000Minds, who came on board to build our tech systems here at One Percent, and how he earned his name The Wizard.
As a quiet kid from South Auckland who'd been kicked out of school at 15, Teina felt 'invisible' when he turned up at the Nga Rangatahi Toa door. Less than a year on, NRT founder Sarah Longbottom shares the story of the young man she sees today.
Ten-year-old Nikolai just moved to a new school, in a new town – a tough transition for anyone. Oh, and Nikolai’s got Down syndrome. His mum Jacqui shares the story, as well as how important his speech-language training has been during the move.
With two busy little girls clambering over Shaelyn's legs as she pens this article, you'd never be able to tell that they spent the first four months of their lives in hospital. Now, on their first birthday, she shares the incredible journey with us.
Mukhtar Ahmed, a barber in Pakistan, was hit by a truck and lost his leg above the knee. Now we're stoked to announce he's received a new leg all the way from NZ care of Take My Hands, who are gearing up to send another shipment of artificial limbs in the months to come.
For Nga Rangatahi Toa founder Sarah Longbottom, it's all about the human connection – good teaching happens when it comes from a place of compassion, love and kindness. So what's her story, and what does that look like behind the scenes?
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Sustainable Coastlines' Oliver Vetter takes us to school on the clean water issue. In the wake of media commotion around what 'swimmable' really means, he gives us a rundown of the science and a plan for the future – Love Your Water.
After the announcement that international aid will likely plummet under the Trump administration, SpinningTop manager Annie Fischer shares her fears and a reality check on what that might look like for those living on the Thai/Burma border.
Inspiring Stories Operations Manager Jo Bailey shares four of her top picks from this year's Making A Difference short film competition, where young film-makers strive to highlight those making a difference in the community.
Al Norman represents Wellington's homeless community in the Special Circumstances Court on behalf of DCM, where he recently worked with a man with 36 years prison-time under his belt to get out of the justice system's 'revolving door' and start to rebuild his life on the outside.
Kaibosh provide enough food for Hutt based youth health service Vibe to more than triple the amount of Lunchtime Drop In sessions they run in local high schools, where they provide a free lunch and make important connections with young people.
Mt Roskill school Wesley Primary lays the foundations for healthier kids as they kick off their Garden to Table programme. Wesley teacher Ana Tonga and principal Brenda Martin share the vision of what this will mean for their school.
Home from a four-month stay in the Wellington Neonatal ward with her baby Anatia, Porirua local Michaela shares how much it means to have the support of our partner charity Bellyful – they have been delivering home cooked meals so that Michaela can focus on caring for still-delicate Anatia.
The Flagship Education Centre is a game-changer. Just weeks before they open the doors, Sustainable Coastlines CEO Sam Judd shares the inside word with us on what it will mean for our beaches and waterways, and how on earth they've made it all happen.
A couple of days ago, two shipping containers full of much-needed hospital beds and medical supplies were unloaded in the Solomon Islands, where they will be put to use in hospitals with little to no access to resources – and there's 30,000kg more to come.
Until recently, every morning Mudaby would walk three hours through the jungle on her own to the nearest village school, Kwer Le Shue, and then three hours back again at the end of the day. SpinningTop manager Annie shares the epic story with us, and some seriously good news.
When wee Micah was born, all curled up he was no bigger than a bag of sugar. He had arrived over three months early and was immediately placed in neonatal intensive care, where he would spend the next 102 days. This is his story, written by Mum Naomi.
When Bradly met Dom, he pretty much cut the small talk on the spot and opened up about the bullying he'd been going through for years. Two weeks later, Bradly was on stage at Herald Theatre delivering a powerful monologue. This is their story together.
Inspiring Stories Live the Dream programme participant Irene Wakefield used to be in an abusive relationship, but at the time she wasn't aware. Now she's on a mission to give our young people access to education about relationships and early stage abuse.
Thanks to UpsideDowns Education Trust, Kieran, age 6, receives private speech language therapy. Kieran's teacher Kahli Oliveira speaks to us about the difference she's seen it make for Kieran, and how she's seen him grow.
Hannah-Ruth spent her first 97 days in the Dunedin Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. While it was a roller-coaster ride, we're stoked to see she'll be making it home for her first Christmas! To give hope to others going through a neonatal journey, Mum Megan and Dad Josh tell their story.
Kaibosh shares the story of losing their home here in Wellington after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake back in November, how the community came together to help them keep rescuing food, and what's next for this resilient bunch.
From the mean streets up north to a tightrope of homelessness, mental health and substance abuse issues, Tim bravely shares his journey with DCM Wellington back into housing and health.
Lani Evans, Foundation Manager for The Vodafone Foundation, Director of Thankyou Payroll and Vice Chairperson of Action Station, caught up with us for a yarn.
After eight rounds of chemo and just about everything else under the sun, Jess recovered, and now she's all about helping others to do so. She generously shares her story with us.
When two whales were found stranded on a beach near New Brighton, a local Project Jonah medic jumped into action. Over the next few hours over 1000 people pulled together to refloat Sandy.
So, what is my plan to save the world, I hear you say? My plan is to save the world, with love.
Born in the far north where the women are ‘hard’ and the tough rhetoric runs through you, Jess is a talented artist who's lending her creative skills to our partner charity NRT.
Wellington born and bred, Kate Ricketts has travelled the world, overplayed her Red Hot Chili Peppers and Aqua cassettes as a young girl, and now spends the days running Boosted.
Martin is sure that Princess Diana waved to him when he was a young boy, but he hasn’t let the fame go to his head. He shares his time between his role down at Kaibosh Food Rescue and a career in music.
Lead singer of The Black Seeds, band leader for Fly My Pretties and now working on his solo career, Barnaby knows a thing or two about using his platform to make the world a better place.
NZ’s very own award-winning indie/folk/country songstress, Mel shares with us a little bit on what generosity means to her. She wants us to practise empathy, and to make sure we’re really listening.
Why music? Well, why not music? This article is the product of our crowdsourced conversation on music. Why is it so important, and how can we use it to promote social change and bring more awareness to the charitable sector here in NZ?
Essentially a human-shaped beaming smile, Mark's an individual who not only dreams big, but has an acute awareness of his sense of connection to, and place within, the world around us.
We caught up with musicians Thomas Oliver and Louis Baker, to talk about the little things that make music more magical.
Monty’s first live performance was at the age of 16 and now he performs every week, teaching the ukulele to the homeless at DCM and busking on the streets of Wellington.
As a baby, Ryan had an ear for music. He would perk up when a tune was played and beat his tiny hands or feet in time. The doctors told Julie that this was just a coincidence, a symptom of his condition.
As of 1st December 2016, we'll have more charities for lovely peeps to share their 1% between, more volunteer ops, more stories and more events. Yussss.
From new programmes and boxes of food, to "a charitable trust's wet dream", read on to find out what our partner charities have been up to with our 1%'s over the past few months.
Almighty founder Adán's a pretty damn generous guy. We sat down with him for a yarn about social innovation, generosity, and what makes him tick.
Al Brown, a NZ food-icon and general good fella, has come on board as Garden to Table's ambassador to teach our kids the healthy ways.
Daniel shares with us what premature birth is like through the eyes of Dad, and all the little things that helped him, Mum and bub through.
Back in 2015, a group of young Kiwis with intellectual and learning disabilities stood on stage and blew out the Fringe Festival. Nic Lane shares a little of the journey with us.
Te Aro Healthcare Centre have generously partnered with DCM Wellington, providing a walk-in nursing service to a very high needs population.
Steve Gianoutsos, the big papa over at Mojo Coffee, generously shares with us his own journey through the NICU with The Neonatal Trust.
The Generosity Journal is a freely distributed print and online publication and a fresh dose of positive media. Issue Two is hot off the press and ready to enjoy.
These are a few of our favourite stories and vids from the past few years of our storytelling. Check 'em out, get inspired, and help make more awesome stuff happen with your 1%.
It’s all been pretty mad here in our neck of the woods, so we asked all our partner charities what they've been up to over the last couple months. Check out what your 1% has made possible.
Suzie bravely shares with us what life looked like at the bottom of the cliff, and how friends, hope, and Inspiring Stories helped her to get back on top again.