Working together to give disadvantaged Kiwi kids at your school the childhood they deserve.
If you haven't done so already, please confirm with Cushla the name and email address of your school's Champion. We can then finish setting up your account in our secure online portal.
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No. While Variety can always use additional funding to help give disadvantaged Kiwi kids the childhood they deserve, we do not expect you to donate as part of these changes.
Variety’s Kiwi Kid Sponsorship programme connects a Kiwi kid living in poverty with a caring New Zealander to provide the child with essentials and opportunities they would otherwise go without: warm bedding, basic clothing, shoes, medicine, a school uniform, school stationery, and extra-curricular activities like school camp, sports and trips.
From Term 2, the school, rather than Variety, will access a child’s funds to pay for school items and renew their sponsorship each year.
Over 3,000 disadvantaged Kiwi kids currently have a Kiwi Kid Sponsor, and that number is growing every week. One of the challenges with that growth is that increasing numbers of children are missing out on school essentials they desperately need – or dropping off the programme altogether – because their stressed parent or caregiver isn’t able to complete the claim or renewal processes.
With the child’s school managing claims and renewals, no sponsored child needs to miss out on being fully-equipped to take advantage of the opportunities the school has to offer them.
Variety manages the child’s sponsorship account on behalf of the family to ensure that, where possible, money to pay for a claimed item goes straight to the provider (like the school).
The Variety Champion at your school can claim funding for school-related expenses for children on the programme.
When a claim is made, Variety pays the supplier directly. If the claim is for an item or trip that the school supplies, then Variety will deposit the funds for that item into the school’s bank account.
Anything that’s needed by the child except for school donations. This could include things like school uniforms, stationery, school trips or camps, or other extra-curricular activities.
That’s OK. It is the child’s family’s responsibility to obtain a tax invoice from the provider of the item or service, for example an invoice for soccer fees from the soccer club.
All you need to do is submit this invoice through the portal. We will pay the provider directly once the claim has been approved.
The school will choose a Variety Champion to be the liaison between Variety, the school and the family.
The Champion’s key responsibilities will be:
Accessing the child’s sponsorship funds to pay for essential school items (excludes donations)
Providing Variety with up-to-date information on the child each year to ensure they can continue to benefit from the programme
Identifying other children at your school who could benefit from a sponsorship, and submitting applications for them.
Most tasks will be completed easily and quickly on Variety’s sponsorship portal, and require minimal or no paperwork.
The time investment for a KKS champion will be minimal and having available funds for a child’s school costs could even save time that might otherwise be spent requesting funds from caregivers.
Specifically, uploading an invoice could take less than two minutes. Once every year, we request that a photo and short ‘About Me’ page completed by the child be uploaded, so we can update their sponsor. In situations where many students are sponsored by Variety, the champion is encouraged to collaborate with other staff to make the process even easier.
The reason we’d prefer the family to submit the invoice through the KKS champion is so that there are no unexpected reductions in a child’s funding as a result of the champion being left out of the claim process.
A tax invoice for the item or service being provided. Please see an example of a tax invoice below.
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