The Vodafone Foundation partners with the business in a variety of different ways. We work together on technology innovations and community projects, like our accelerator partnership with Vodafone Xone and by leveraging the power of the business through our people, our partners, our ability to influence and our ability to motivate and galvanise a movement for change.
We also have specific programmes to engage staff in the work of the Foundation and we have a range of high impact projects around the world – some of which operate in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Vodafone Employee Programmes
Vodafone is committed to supporting staff that want to get involved with the Foundation. There are a number of Vodafone employee programmes that give people the opportunity to do their bit for the charity of their choice – while inspiring their colleagues, family and friends to make a difference too. Vodafone Foundation manages these programmes and supports the business to encourage employee participation.
We are establishing a Vodafone Foundation Champions network made of Vodafone people who are passionate about making a difference in the lives of young people and supporting the work of the Foundation.
We are looking for people who want to connect the Foundation to resources and people at Vodafone, tell stories from our partners and be part of a group of like-minded colleagues across the country. Vodafone staff will get the chance to attend Hui, meet amazing young people and the incredible humans working with them.
Are you permanent Vodafone staff interested to join our new network? Visit our Vodafone Hub page for more information.
We believe in the power of skilled volunteering and in leveraging the unique expertise from Vodafone to support the mahi of our partners. Our hackathons are a great example of this where we bring together a group of skilled Vodafone volunteers to support our community partners and swarm around a specific problem. These problems could be anything from discreet technological issues to creating business plans, Marketing, HR and Legal and policy advice… that can be solved with the application of Vodafone’s expertise.
Our inagural hackathons were held in February 2018 in Auckland, followed by the Wellington hackathons in June 2018. The Vodafone Foundation Champions support us explore the problems and assess which ones can be solved by Vodafone staff.
For more information visit the Hackathons website.
Please note that hackathons exclude building websites or making films, due to the very limited resources at Vodafone within those teams. We also won’t provide hardware of any kind as per our Vodafone Foundation policies.
Double Your $ Employee Programme
Double Your $ supports Vodafone staff that are raising money for their favourite New Zealand charities. The Vodafone New Zealand Foundation matches the amount raised dollar for dollar up to $3,000. In the 2016-2017 financial year, the Double Your $ programme raised more than $291,600 for charity.
Each permanent staff member can request up to $3000 per year to go towards their charitable fundraising.
If you are a permanent Vodafone staff interested in Double Your $, please visit the Vodafone Hub page for more details.
Hands Up Employee Programme
Hands Up provides an incredible opportunity for Vodafone staff to volunteer their time, skills and knowledge to organisations they’re passionate about, while still receiving their salary. It means the Foundation’s community partners and other organisations our people are passionate about get the expert assistance they need (free!) and Vodafone staff can make a positive contribution to the community as part of their job.
Each permanent staff member has access to up to two weeks of fully paid volunteer time to put their hands up!
Read more about it and download your application form in the Vodafone Hub page.
Through this voluntary scheme, Vodafone employees are able to donate to Vodafone NZ Foundation and other community organisations each time they get paid. They receive an immediate 33.33 percent tax credit via PAYE on the donation and the money goes directly towards funding our partners to do what they do best. To support young kiwis to live lives they value, Vodafone encourages its staff to engage in payroll giving to the Foundation or its partners.
We encourage staff members to give to a registered charity of their choice via payroll giving.
Business Mentors and virtual learning
There are a range of ways that Vodafone staff can support the work of the Foundation.
Each year Vodafone employees become mentors to our community partners with the goal of helping their organisation to be more sustainable. Through one to one relationships, they support our partners to increase their skills in governance, strategic planning, finance, marketing and other areas.
The also Vodafone Foundation runs virtual learning sessions every quarter with our community partners. These are run on topics like financial management, communications and government relationships and are run by Vodafone staff with high levels of expertise and experience.
Our work around the world
There are numerous examples of life changing interventions developed by partnerships between Vodafone and the Vodafone Foundations. Like M-PESA, a mobile phone based money transfer and financing service that allows people to deposit, withdraw and transfer money and pay for goods and services via their mobile phones. Developed for use in Tanzania, the service has now spread to Afghanistan, South Africa, Romania, India, Albania and Kenya, providing millions of people with access to formal financial systems.
Or the Instant Schools programme that we developed and delivered in partnership with Learning Equality. Instant classroom is a digital school in a box, providing free access to online learning materials to children and young people in refugee camps. Each classroom weighs 52 kilograms and comes equipped with a laptop, 25 tablets pre-loaded with educational software a projector, speaker and a hotspot modem.
Each Foundation works on developing tools, technology and programmes related to the most pressing needs in their locality. We believe ours is the wellbeing of our young people – but alongside that, we also support the Instant Network, a programme that has assisted relief efforts after natural disasters in the Philippines (Typhoon Haiyan and Typhoon Bopha), in Kenya (severe drought) and following Cyclone Winston in Fiji. Using Instant Network, over 1.04 million calls have been made and 1.98 million texts sent during those deployments.