How does CommUnity work?

How does CommUnity work?

The building blocks of CommUnity

The building blocks of CommUnity

There are three groups that CommUnity aims to bring together; Community Groups and Charities, Merchants, and the General Public.

  • Merchants rely on a loyal and stable customer base within their local communities to support them into the future. Merchants need to help create this loyalty by supporting their community and by providing an enjoyable shopping experience.
  • Community Groups and Charities need money to carry out the work that makes their communities thrive, both in annual operations and at future development level.
  • The General Public want to see their local communities succeed and enjoy the purpose of their community groups and not be continually focusing on raising money.

CommUnity aims to bring these groups closer together so that they can support and strengthen one another.

CommUnity - It is just better business!

Turning Commerce into Community

It works like this...

It works like this...

  • Businesses register with us as a CommUnity Merchant and agree a small percentage of each transaction to go to community groups plus a very small annual outlet fee.
  • Community groups and charities in need of funding register with us as CommUnity Groups and receive money without it costing them anything.
  • Individual members of community groups and the general public register with us as CommUnity Members and raise money while they shop, it doesn't cost them anything and they choose who receives the money.

Every time a CommUnity  Member does business with a CommUnity Merchant using their credit or debit cards, a small percentage of the resulting transaction is given to up to THREE CommUnity Groups, as chosen by the Member (card owner). It's as easy as that!

CommUnity has only ONE focus and that is delivering funds to our grassroots communities!

CommUnity Members...

CommUnity Members...

  • can be any member of the public, including those belonging to one or more of the community groups they choose to support.
  • can select up to three CommUnity Groups when they register, to receive a percentage of each transaction they make with any CommUnity Merchant.
  • will receive special offers and promotions from CommUnity Merchants in their local community.
  • can use the CommUnity website or smartphone app to find CommUnity Merchants in their immediate area
  • will have access to online reports detailing how much they’ve raised for the groups they choose.
  • can change which Community Groups they support at any time.
  • the member chooses where the funds go!

To become a CommUnity Member, simply register your credit/debit cards with CommUnity (in partnership with Paymark) and we'll handle the rest!

CommUnity -  It's as simple as that and it doesn't cost you the member, anything!

CommUnity Groups...

CommUnity Groups...

  • must be legitimate community groups or charities.
  • can encourage their members and associates to also register as CommUnity Members and Merchants in order to broaden their fundraising base.
  • raise funds simply by reminding their members to shop with CommUnity Merchants whenever possible.
  • the more CommUnity is promoted within a community group's networks, the more funds the community group is likely to raise.
  • will have all funds raised distributed into their bank account every quarter.
  • have regular annual income plus the ability to ultimately gain up to 100% of the cost of a future project, through the 'CommUnity Fund'.
  • achieve your short and long term goals

CommUnity -  It really is that easy!

CommUnity Merchants...

CommUnity Merchants...

  • can be any New Zealand business, large or small.
  • must register separately for each outlet, even if a part of a nationwide chain as we want to put each outlet in touch with their local community.
  • agree to a small percentage of each transaction with a CommUnity Member being given to CommUnity for distribution to each Member’s/Shoppers chosen Community Groups.
  • will have access to online reports detailing sales from CommUnity Members and funds raised for CommUnity Groups plus many other reports of shopping trends.
  • can offer promotions direct to CommUnity Members via the website and smartphone app.
  • Tax certificates available showing spend on advertising and charitable donations.
  • involve suppliers meaning each Merchant might supply only 1/3 of agreed percentage on each transaction.
  • only costs a Merchant when there is a transaction with a CommUnity Member.
  • If you choose, no more loyalty cards or loyalty program costs.
  • No more approaches for those small sponsorships.
  • Good news for you and your existing customers, join CommUnity and they will stay shopping at your outlet.

Make shopping fun and build loyalty with your customers and they will continue to choose your business over a faceless global retailer. Support the community that supports you!

CommUnity -  It’s just better business!

Turning Commerce into Community

CommUnity in detail

CommUnity was founded with one singular purpose: to deliver as much money to Kiwi communities as possible. A primarily online company with no physical product to manufacture or sell, CommUnity is focused exclusively on creating and maintaining working relationships between New Zealanders and their communities.

To achieve this, CommUnity has been built from the ground up to be lean and agile, operating with the fewest possible overhead expenses. Although our marketing reach will be predominantly online, leveraging both existing social media channels and the CommUnity website and smartphone app, we will also participate in the traditional media space and anticipate significant natural growth via word-of-mouth. We will have two physical offices – a head office in Hamilton, and a South Island office in Christchurch – we also have mobile staff working remotely all over New Zealand to present the benefits of CommUnity to retailers, community groups and the general public.

Following the money

CommUnity will move funds between Merchants and Community Groups based on information provided by Paymark. It works like this…

  • CommUnity Member shopping reports are received daily from Paymark and automatically merged into the CommUnity database which keeps a running total of how much of each purchase from each participating Merchant is to be passed on to CommUnity Groups.
  • Once a week, CommUnity invoices Merchants for the agreed percentage of all their transactions with CommUnity Members for that week.
  • The Merchant pays CommUnity
  • The CommUnity database then calculates the total amount given to each Community Group by all the CommUnity Members who have nominated them as a beneficiary and makes a payment directly to their bank account every quarter.

How does CommUnity benefit?

CommUnity will fund its own operations in three potential ways…

  • Merchant outlet fees. Each outlet will pay a fee of $1000.00 (plus GST) per annum for access to the CommUnity program.
  • A small fraction of the per-transaction percentage agreed between CommUnity and participating Merchants will be used to fund the day to day running of CommUnity.
  • CommUnity will have a maximum of 12 major sponsors.

The 'CommUnity' Fund

Once established, CommUnity will aim to spend around 5% of all income on operational expenses, with everything else becoming part of a fund to which community groups and charities can apply for financial help with facilities, community programs, capital projects or just making ends meet. Grants from this fund will be allocated at the discretion of CommUnity management and could be for any percentage (up to and including 100%) of the cost of the program or project. You won't need to take our word for it, as our accounts will be independently audited regularly to make sure that we are honoring our commitment to New Zealand communities.

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