A lot of people around Wellington (and New Zealand) will have heard of Pat Shepherd. He’s a brilliant photographer, publishes a highly sought after magazine and in recent years has launched into philanthropy. It’s very easy to make him sound too good to be true, and very hard to capture in a couple of sentences the amazing work he has done.
After a massively successful start to the Good Karma Project, Pat got his thinking cap on about charity, community and how we can do it better. And he is now launching the One Percent Collective.
People have good ideas all the time. Other people are quick to point out how hard it will be to bring them to reality. Pat is one of the few people I know who consistently achieves things the rest of us only dream about, and he has the backing of some pretty successful people:
Advisory board members include:
- Starfish founder and fashion designer Laurie Foon
- Rippon Festival director Lynne Christie
- Managing Director of The Body Shop in New Zealand Barrie Thomas
- Chairman of Wise Counsel and jobs.co.nz
- Ben Irving
- entrepreneur and businesswoman Melissa Clark Reynolds.
If you believe in bootstrapping, in getting big things done with a little money and a lot of hard work and that if everyone did their bit, we could have a big impact on some major issues, please consider getting involved. And before you ask, I have put my money where my mouth is!
In his words:
The idea behind One Percent Collective is to change the way Kiwis give to charities by encouraging them to donate one percent of their income and help grow smaller New Zealand-based charities.
At its heart, One Percent Collective is an online community where members register to donate one percent, choose one of six charities to support, and gain access to benefits at Wellington’s most interesting cafes, shops, bars and music events. We will be spreading to other NZ locations as things progress.
I’m working with some incredible people to get One Percent Collective off the ground and I want to make sure that 100% of people’s donations go directly to the charities, rather than the setup costs of One Percent Collective itself.
So I’ve created something called the One Percent Collective Founding 40.
The Founding 40 members each donate $20 a week for 52 weeks to secure enough funding to get One Percent Collective off the ground and cover start up and website development costs for her first year of life. That $20 a week is the difference of three less pints a week, a reduced hangover and a healthy conscious. It can make all the difference. Plus, it’s all tax deductible, so a third of it can easily be claimed back.
I’m looking to get in touch with anyone you think might be interested in chatting to me about One Percent Collective and becoming a Founding 40 member (friends, family, work mates, etc). Everybody knows someone affected positively by charity work and all I ask is that you speak to as many people as you can to ask them if they might be interested in getting involved and helping us make a huge cultural shift towards generosity in NZ.
Download the PDF of info and Pat’s contact info