Giving it your one percent!


Kowhai and Pat from One Percent Collective

There aren’t many situations where you can say that you are going to ‘give one percent’ and expect to get a positive response – a job interview, at the beginning of your social Saturday netball game, at the base of Mt Everest.

But Pat Shepherd definitely wants your one percent, that’s actually all he wants, which sounds pretty doable really. At that level of contribution your only competition is probably a rock.

So who is this Pat guy? *Drum roll please* Pat is the Chief Doer of Things for One Percent Collective – our newest resident at the BizDojo in Wellington. And what do they do? We’ll let Pat explain.   

One Percent Collective is a charity that partners with artists, businesses and kind citizens to inspire generosity in Aotearoa, all with the aim of encouraging people to donate 1% of their income to help small New Zealand based charities grow.”

As individuals, we probably can’t save the world, but the point is we can contribute to a cause that will make a big difference in the life of a charity. Especially if we do it all together – strength in numbers so to speak. Pat has always pondered about how he could play his part in helping others and one day he was really inspired by a book by Peter Singer called ‘The Life You Can Save’.

“It made me think about how every little bit helps and how $5 or so a week will have no negative impact at all on our lives, but when all those 1%’s come together, it can and will make an incredible difference to help the causes we care about,” says Pat.

One Percent Collective is partnered with six NZ based charities for an 18 month period and during that time Pat and his team do all they can to raise their profile and to get new donors to support their awesome work. One Percent pass on 100% of people’s donations and donations can be split between any of the six charities.

Basically they are making donating super duper easy, it takes less than three minutes to sign up (while you are enjoying your cuppa latte perhaps?) Then BOOM, you are immediately a part of a generous community and will be among the first to hear about some epic gigs One Percent put on, like this one with Thomas Oliver and Trinity Roots front man Warren Maxwell.  

Over the next six to 12 months, One Percent Collective’s biggest goal is to raise the amount of people who are donating their 1% to causes they care about. As well as encouraging donations to their partner charities, they also exist to inspire people to be more generous by volunteering their time, their skills and supporting the generosity movement.

“We also aim to continue with our weekly Generosity Talks, hold more fundraising gigs and work on a publication based around our Generosity Talks.”

Pat is pretty gosh darn passionate about what he does on a daily basis, and he would love to see more people to who are financially stable to be supporting a cause they care about with their 1%. He says that if we don’t step up and try to make the world a better place, then who will?

“It always comes back to the great quote from Margaret Mead – ‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has’.”

Pat has been trying to work out for a long time how he could be based at the BizDojo, because working on a startup charity means a desk in the bedroom was all he could afford. But now that Kowhai has joined the crew, it meant more space was needed and they are stoked to be in the BizDojo with so many wonderful creatives.

If you’d like to know more check out our website or if you’re in Wellington, just come say hello - we’ll be in here on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

“BizDojo rocks our charity world!”