UC Staff Making a Difference Every Day

As a UC staff member, you are one of the University's greatest advocates, making a difference every day through your dedication to our students. 

More than anyone, you understand how much the University's work is reliant on philanthropic support. 

On our 150th anniversary, let's make a mark for the next 150 years. 

Donations from our internal community, no matter how big or small, will magnify the impact of your hard work. It's about participation, not the amount.

For less than the price of a cup of coffee a day, you can make a huge difference for our students and community. 

As a staff member, you can select from a variety of gift and payment options to suit your individual circumstances – including one-off gifts, or through pre-tax payroll deductions. All donations are gratefully acknowledged, with 100% of your gift going directly to the cause of your choice.

How to donate

Or you can make a gift through Payroll Giving, where a 33.33% tax refund is automaticaly applied to your fortnightly pay, saving you the need to make an annual claim to recoup the tax credit for the donation. 

To donate to UC via Payroll Giving, please select the University of Canterbury Foundation (3rd item) from the dropdown menu. 


The more people who choose to donate, the greater the collective impact will be. 

Philanthropic support from staff has a powerful effect on the university's ability to remain the bedrock of educational excellence in Waitaha Canterbury. It's hard to ask the community to support UC if we don't believe in our work enough to invest in it ourselves. Corporations and foundations look for high levels of support from our faculty and staff when making funding decisions as well. 

Your gift will be directed through the UC Foundation, a New Zealand based charitable trust registered with the Charities commission, registration number CC27669. All donations over $5 are tax deductible. 

We are grateful for the support we receive from government and from student tuition fees; however, that is not enough to ensure that our students get the best possible experience out of their time in university. Things like Kono Iti - the Emergency Student Fund, which provided heating and necessities for students isolating with COVID-19 in 2022, were all funded through philanthropic support. 

A payroll deduction enables you to donate money directly through your pay and receive an immediate tax benefit as you give.

By spreading your donations through fortnightly pay deductions over the year, you can ease the financial burden of making a larger one-off gift. There is no requirement for you to collect and track receipts as a summary of your payroll deduction donations is recorded on your PAYE Summary.

To set up a payroll deduction, you must be employed on a continuing or fixed term appointment with UC and register for staff payroll deductions, click here to register. In the dropdown menu, please select University of Canterbury Foundation

Payroll Giving offers several options for payroll philanthropy, amongst which is the University of Canterbury Foundation, a registered charity set up to raise funds for the University. Only donations to the University of Canterbury Foundation count as donations towards UC. 

If you would like to speak to someone about the UC Staff Giving program, please contact Thea Kleiber, Director of Advancement on  +64 3 369 1774 or email thea.kleiber@canterbury.ac.nz.

Taxation information is provided as general guidance only. You should always seek independent personal taxation or financial advice. We recommend you contact your legal and financial advisors should you require further information.