MATES is committed to working in partnership with corporate organisations to ensure that MATES services remain viable and relevant to all New Zealanders.
Corporate Partners must be willing to work towards raising awareness and financial support for MATES.
The Benefits of Partnering with MATES are:
Alignment with a nationally respected charitable organisation that is focused on the provision of services to all New Zealanders within a framework that is focused on quality, continuous improvement, innovation, transparency and accountability.
Enhance the reputation of your organisation as one that is socially responsible
Joint organisational and/or program promotional opportunities to broad or targeted demographic groups within the New Zealand community.
Joint organisational and/or promotional opportunities that target specific social issues of relevance to your organisation or your employees eg: emotional wellbeing, suicide prevention.
Employee engagement opportunities.
The Benefits Corporate Partnerships bring to MATES
Alignment with nationally respected businesses that share the same values and focus of Blokesline
Increased/enhanced national Blokesline profile with New Zealand businesses committed to becoming more socially responsible.
Opportunities to obtain professional support, expertise, products, services and/or funding from businesses that enhance Blokesline internal capacity to deliver professional, relevant and innovative services to the New Zealand community.
Increased awareness of Blokesline’s services through engagement with employees of corporate partners.
Corporate Partnership Opportunities
Blokesline welcomes contact from corporate organisations that may be interested to partner with Blokesline. Partnership opportunities may include any or all elements of the following:
Support of MATES Services
Professional Expertise or Mentoring
Product or Service Alignment
Joint Program or Tailored Program Alignment
Specific Cause or Issue Promotion
If your organisation would like to discuss partnership opportunities with MATES, please contact MATES national corporate relations coordinator on 0800 4MATES or by email to email@example.com
Why engage with MATES?
MATES is non-discriminatory. We provide crisis support to all New Zealanders, including your employees and their families. We are a relevant, unique organisation who meets the needs of the community; and we save lives. Understanding the types of issues facing New Zealanders living in rural and regional communities, often a helping hand and a little support is all that is needed to connect people with the care that they need.
The power to make a real difference in any community is in numbers, so even a small weekly amount donated by a number of employees can go a long way towards helping Blokesline.
Volunteering with MATES helps us to continue providing vital community services, while giving your staff the opportunity to give something back to the community. It’s great for staff morale, team building and diversifying skills.
MATES relies heavily on community support and we know that strategic alignment with national partners can make us truly sustainable. We will work with your organisation to align our brands and values and to achieve partnership objectives to continue to deliver services and raise awareness of both organisations.
MATES acknowledges our national partners, corporate supporters and workplace giving partners. The funding, expertise and/or products and services provided by these organisations are helping us to realise our goals.
10 reasons you should consider supporting MATES:
MATES save lives, and you can too! Engage with MATES and help us connect people with crisis support.
Whether you’re considering MATES for a company donation, as a workplace giving partner or as your strategic national charity partner, MATES will demonstrate time again that we are a charity of choice, that our services are relevant to all New Zealanders, and that our professionalism and business understanding will lead to win-win partnerships.
MATES is relevant to all New Zealanders With around 1 in 5 New Zealanders affected by a mental health concern such as depression or anxiety, and up to approximately 2 New Zealanders dying by suicide every day, support of MATES is both lifesaving and socially significant. MATES crisis support service is relevant to everyone - including your staff, your stakeholders and your community.
Strong national brand awareness MATES has a unique position in the New Zealand Community in that it is a much needed service indicated by statistics of men’s health and wellbeing and by community feedback. MATES will utilise this unique selling potential to create 96%* brand awareness and 92%* trust among the New Zealand population as an organisation that is serving the community as one of New Zealand’s most highly recognised and trusted charity brands.
Experienced in collaboration MATES will demonstrate its ability in working collaboratively with its partners and supporters, and in managing each relationship on its requirements and merits. We tailor our corporate activities to meet the needs of our consumers and partners alike, while meeting our own strategic objectives.
We are unique MATES is occupying a unique, prominent and vital position in the mental health sector and is the nation’s professional crisis support and suicide prevention support services for men and their families.
Our partnerships are results driven MATES is recognised for our innovation and results oriented partnership activities, and together with initiatives such as MATES Men’s Network, Blokesline, Life Crisis Consultants will lead the way in community awareness, education and empowerment.
We communicate well We understand the importance of knowing how your support and donations are helping the community. That’s why we communicate regularly with our corporate supporters and inform them about our work in the community, what is new at MATES and what additional opportunities there are for your engagement with our organisation.
We are progressive By embracing new technology and responding to environmental change, we acknowledge the need to change with the times in order to meet the demands of the community. We are a leader in technology and service applications.
Your brand can make a difference As they say, every dollar helps, but our alignment with high level partners can make us truly sustainable. Your established brand provides the opportunity for MATES to reach more New Zealanders in need, while generating much needed awareness that will generate additional funding opportunities.
We are leaders MATES will be the leading provider of suicide prevention services in New Zealand, and offers services that lead the way in terms of quality, accessibility and innovation.
MATES saves lives! MATES believes that suicide is mostly a preventable cause of death. Even one life lost to suicide is a life too many. Those who donate and support MATES, quite literally help save lives.
MATES will continually demonstrate how to work with the business community to develop successful cause-related marketing strategies that create mutually beneficial relationships
With an extensive corporate relations program, MATES will demonstrate time again how it works with the business community to develop successful cause-related marketing strategies that create mutually beneficial relationships that make a difference in the New Zealand community while meeting your business objectives.
We know that the right partnership will impact and improve the quality of life of your workforce, their families and your stakeholders, which in turn will increase your workplace morale, employee productivity and overall visibility within the community.
We also know that:
66% of consumers would choose a brand that promotes its support of a charity over one that does not
In the last year 23% of consumers had switched due to a brand’s support of a cause
49% of New Zealanders are concerned about mental health as a social issue
- Real Not Spiel, Sweeney/Cavill + Co, 2008.
You can partner strategically with MATES in the following ways:
Fund the development of MATES suicide prevention community projects to connect people with care in high-risk communities
Provide cash funding that allows Blokesline to increase its brand awareness, increase community support and develop programs that will contribute to our future sustainability
Fund Blokesline’s existing 24 hour telephone crisis support service – to continue upskilling and training our Professional Telephone Crisis Counsellors and provide online services
Provide MATES exposure to your existing markets and customer touch points, connecting the public with care and generating more community support and donations
Fund a new MATES initiative – we have many projects waiting to happen but need the resources to take the project to the next phase. Your corporate funding will allow us to develop trial and implement a range of projects that address mental health in New Zealand.
Corporate Volunteering and Fundraising:
Companies need stable, healthy communities in which to prosper and many recognise that volunteers play a key role in developing and maintain healthy communities.
New Zealand companies are encouraging employees to volunteer and support a cause to help the wider community. Some companies even offer their employees paid leave to undertake community-based work.
Corporate volunteering and fundraising can have a very positive impact on your workplace including:
Fostering good staff morale
Promoting a sense of community within your organisation
Providing a cost-effective strategy to reduce employee absenteeism
Engaging your clients and suppliers
Helping to build individuals’ confidence and self-esteem by giving them an opportunity to put something back into the community.
Volunteering with MATES assists and supports us in continuing to answer our 24 hour crisis support service. Staff may choose to volunteer regularly or on a needs-basis, assisting Lifeline with specific campaigns and fundraising events.
Our team will work with you to develop a tailored volunteering program for your staff. Your employees can choose to volunteer as a team or as an individual, locally or nationally.
Workplaces can choose to raise funds for MATES by organising specific events within their workplace. National fundraising events are the perfect opportunity to raise funds and help support MATES services, while at the same time raising awareness of stress management, health and wellbeing in your workplace.
Your workplace might decide to hold a special event for Blokesline. We can assist with your event by providing ideas, promotional material and supplying you with the necessary information. For example, you might choose to host a charity ball in MATES honour, or facilitate a networking function with your stakeholders with funds directed to MATES.
For further information about fundraising for MATES please view MATES fundraising guidelines on our website. To discuss your corporate volunteering and fundraising options, please contact MATES Fundraising team: Phone: 06 759 1163 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Workplace giving donations are deducted from pre-tax employee salaries, which mean that individual taxable income is reduced. MATES has Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status through MATES Trust NZ, which means that workplace giving contributions qualify for an immediate tax deduction.
By volunteering your time and skills to MATES you can help connect others with care.
Workplace giving provides individual employees with the opportunity to make a difference to the lives of other New Zealanders by donating a nominated amount from each pay.
The power to make a real difference in any community is in numbers, so even a small weekly amount donated by a number of employees can go a long way towards helping MATES provide its vital services and programs.
Workplace giving is an incredibly easy, hassle-free way to donate to MATES on a regular basis – and the donations really do make a difference. Low administration costs ensure that the money donated is used where it is needed most.
Funds received through workplace giving helps MATES to...
Answer calls to Blokesline’s 24 hour telephone crisis support service
Provide training in suicide prevention and awareness
Develop suicide bereavement support programs
Recruit Facilitators and Telephone Crisis Supporters
Provide access to self-help resources
Promote help seeking behaviour and awareness of mental health issues and suicide prevention
Approach your CEO - boost your workplace contribution
Some workplace giving partners might choose to further boost the contribution provided by employees by matching the amount dollar-for-dollar at a corporate level. This provides further tax deductions for the employer and means that more funds are raised for MATES. This is of course an optional approach to workplace giving.
Getting started - how workplace giving works:
Setting up workplace giving Fundraising Team is easy with the assistance of MATES. Below, we describe what you need to do and how MATES will help you achieve your giving goals.
Speak to your management/payroll team about adding MATES to your existing list of charities, or ask payroll to set the program up. MATES can provide you with a tailored workplace giving nomination form that you can adapt for your payroll and employees to use, and discuss workplace giving with your payroll area if required.
Contact MATES to notify us of your decision to support our organisation. MATES will provide you with brochures and other printed material (e.g. posters) to provide you with more information about MATES and how your donations will be used.
Promote the program to your staff and encourage participation. You could also ask your management team if they are willing to encourage staff contributions by matching donations dollar for dollar (optional). Circulate MATES marketing materials and workplace giving nomination forms to staff. Consider inviting a MATES representative to visit and provide more information to staff.
Deposit your donations to MATES (monthly, quarterly or bi-annually) MATES provides interested employees with access to a bi-monthly e-newsletter which demonstrates programs and initiatives that MATES is involved with. We can also provide your employees with self-help resources from the MATES Information Service.
Keep MATES updated on your news and initiatives from your organisation. MATES is keen to help promote your organisation to our e-newsletter subscribers. We can also contribute articles to your staff or client newsletters and website to keep donors updated on what’s happening at MATES and how their funds are used.
Your financial assistance will help to grow a MATES Center in your Community and SAVE LIVES...