Former volunteer becomes inaugural VSAfuture member

Published on 19th July 2010

Former VSA volunteer Merrill Holdsworth has become the first member of our new regular giving programme, VSAfuture. Merrill, who lives in Wellington, taught at a girls’ secondary school in Fiji for two years in the 1960s, and she has continued to support VSA since then.







“I like the fact that VSA works at a grassroots level with local partners – it provides great value for money.”


Merrill has decided to donate her monthly national superannuation payments to VSA.


“My husband had already set a precedent by giving his national superannuation to a charity, so I decided I’d like to give mine to VSA.”


VSAfuture is just one of several new fundraising initiatives at VSA.  We are also one of six NGOs who have signed up as 'lead charities' with the Payroll Giving Foundation. The Foundation has been set up by Auckland businessman David Living to help make workplace giving as easy as possible.


Workplace giving was introduced in January this year. It allows employees to donate money to approved charities directly from their pay, and receive a 33.3 per cent tax credit.


The Payroll Giving Foundation will visit workplaces to pitch the concept of workplace giving, and to promote VSA and the other lead charities as potential recipients.


VSA’s fundraising coordinator Karla Paotonu says she is very excited about the possibilities offered by both VSAfuture and workplace giving.


“The best way of supporting VSA is through regular automatic payments.  This reduces administration costs, and means more of each donation goes where it is needed. VSAfuture and workplace giving are two new ways that our supporters can become part of VSA’s future."


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