Alternative Giving Fund

Instead of giving your coins to people on the street, donate your change to the Alternative Giving Fund.

Young man holding a sign that says 'I'm making a big change with my small change'.

Help stop begging on the street

There are lots of reasons why people beg on the street. Each person has their own story to tell, and mostly it'll be one we can sympathise with.

Instinctively, many of us want to give spare change to people we see begging. At best, this only helps in the short term. At worst, your money gets spent on drink, drugs or gambling - and so the problem goes on.

Help to create long-term solutions by donating to the Alternative Giving Fund. All donations go to six organisations in Wellington that help get people off the street and keep them off.

As well as providing basic needs such as food, clothing or transport, these services also help to provide sustainable solutions that prevent the need to beg.

Alternative Giving Posters (420KB PDF)



Frequently Asked Questions (29KB PDF)



Text version (6KB RTF)

See the answers to frequently-asked questions and learn more about what's behind alternative giving.

Don's story

Don shares how alternative giving has helped turn his life around.

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Donate to the campaign

There are three ways you can donate:

  • text 'GIVE' to 4462 and donate $3
  • give a donation that will be split equally between all six charities 
     (download the Pushpay app on your smartphone)
  • donate directly to one of the six participating charities
     (either download the Pushpay app on your smartphone or visit the charity's website below)

Visit the Alternative Giving Fund site to download the Pushpay app and donate:Alternative Giving Fund


Participating charities

Catacombs logo.


Drop-in centre for vulnerable inner-city residents
Catacombs - Givealittle

DCM logo.


Helps the most vulnerable people in Wellington to break the cycle of homelessness.
Donate - DCM

The Soup Kitchen logo.

Soup Kitchen

Provides meals to the homeless and others in need, and supports them to find housing and healthcare.
Donate - Suzanne Aubert Compassion Centre

Wellington Homeless Women's Trust.

Wellington Homeless Women's Trust

Provides support and a safe place to sleep.
Wellington Homeless Women's Trust - Givealittle

Wellington Night Shelter logo.

Wellington Night Shelter

Provides emergency overnight accommodation for men who are homeless.
Wellington Night Shelter - Givealittle

Wellington City Mission logo.

Wellington City Mission

Provides services, founded on Christian care and compassion, for the Greater Wellington region.
Help Us - Wellington City Mission

More information

NZ Police logo.

This campaign is a partnership between Wellington City Council, the Police and organisations that support the city's vulnerable residents.