FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions.

Why is cardiovascular disease so prevalent in New Zealand?
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Research shows less than half of New Zealanders get sufficient daily exercise (30 minutes per day) while our average daily intake of calories is considerably more than most of us need to survive. Obesity and diabetes are major precursors of cardiovascular disease and in recent years, have become major health problems in New Zealand. Currently, 65% of Kiwis are obese or overweight.

Why are donations from the general public so vital?
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While we receive some funding from grants bodies and government, more than 80% of our income comes from the general public. We have a number of fundraising programs and it is thanks to loyal supporters at various levels that we are able to continue our work. Regardless of the size of the financial commitment, our donors’ assistance remains vital in helping to achieve our ultimate goal of a future without heart disease.

What percentage of HRI's income comes from government grants?
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Our state-of-the art research has enabled us to win a number of very competitive research grants. As a not-for-profit organisation, we generate the majority of our funds from the general public via our fundraising campaigns. Currently we receive about 15-20% of our income from grants. 

How does the work of our researchers impact the lives of everyday New Zealanders and what are HRI’s long-term goals?
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Heart disease is the world’s biggest killer, and accounts for 30% of all deaths in New Zealand annually. Better detection methods – like using ultrasound to detect atherosclerosis, a technique pioneered by the HRI’s Clinical Group – and better treatments – such as the improved stents being developed by the Translational and Immunobiology Groups – can have a huge impact on the lives of everyday New Zealanders, as well lower costs to the health system.

How does the HRI raise funds from public donations?
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Our income from public donations is mainly received from individuals who make regular monthly donations to support our work. Most people hear about our work from our door-to-door fundraisers, and we also run direct mail and telephone fundraising appeals. Some activities are run by our small in house fundraising team, others are outsourced where they can be more cost-efficiently run by doing so. In total over 80% of our income comes from the public through these activities and provides a vital independent source of income. We are incredibly grateful for such strong financial support from the New Zealand community.

Who might call you?
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The Heart Research Institute contacts our supporters by telephone throughout the year for a number of fundraising appeals – usually for an ongoing donation. If you have any questions about a fundraising call that you’ve received please call us on 0800 909 481 or email supporter@hri.email
My personal information: how is my privacy protected?
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Your privacy is important to us and is protected by the Privacy Act 1993, we take reasonable steps to ensure that the personal information HRI holds remains confidential and do not sell, rent or lease the personal information we hold to anyone for any purpose other than where you have consented or where we are authorised by law to do so.

 

How do I identify HRI fundraisers?
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Speaking with a fundraiser is one of the most common ways that potential supporters hear about our work. They are easy to identify, with HRI-branded ID badges showing their name, identification number and HRI’s contact details, and wear a t-shirt or jumper with the HRI logo clearly visible. They collect credit card or direct debit information only and never ask for cash. If you have spoken with a fundraiser and have any questions at all, or would like to provide feedback to us, please contact us on 0800 909 481 or email supporter@hri.email

How can I donate?
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All donations $2 and over are tax deductable.  You can donate to HRI via:

Online: Donate securely via credit card online.

EFT: Deposit money directly into our account using the following details:

Account Name: The Heart Research Institute (NZ) Ltd
BSB: 021 269
Number: 0021116000
Reference: Your first name and last name and supporter ID (if known)

Please email supporter@hri.email to let us know the donation amount, date of deposit, and your name, phone number and address so we can ensure that you're receipted correctly.

Can I give a regular gift to HRI?
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Regular monthly donations to The Heart Research Institute are an investment in the future of your family and all New Zealanders.  It’s a vital source of income for us and one that means we can plan and invest in long-term research goals for the future. 

You can sign up for a regular gift online by clicking here, by calling us on 0800 909 481 or by signing up with an HRI fundraiser in your local area.

You will receive ONE tax receipt for your total monthly donations after the end of the financial year.

How does regular giving work?
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Regular giving is an easy and flexible way to support The Heart Research Institute on an ongoing basis. Each month your chosen amount is automatically debited from your credit card or bank account. You can increase, decrease or cancel your monthly donation at any time.

Why are regular ongoing donations the most effective way to support heart research?
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All donations are gratefully accepted and make an important contribution to heart research.

Regular monthly donations are vital as they help us to plan for the future by allowing scientists to devote more of their time to science and less to applying for grants and raising funds.

When will I receive a tax receipt for my donations?
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A tax receipt will be sent after the end of the financial year for all regular donations. One-off donations will be receipted as soon as they are received. If you have provided an email address, your receipt will be sent by email, otherwise by mail. By providing us with your email address, you can help us keep our administrative costs down and leave more funds available for scientific research.

How do I cancel my regular gift with The Heart Research Institute?
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You can cancel by simply calling 0800 909 481 or emailing supporter@hri.email in advance of your next debit date and speaking with one of our friendly staff. 

Who can I contact if I have a further question?
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For further information please email supporter@hri.email or call 0800 909 481.
Is The Heart Research Institute’s registered under the Charities Act?
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The Heart Research Institute (NZ) Limited is registered under the Charities Act 2005 - CC: 48711

 

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Do my donations go the NZ Heart Foundation?
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No,  Donations to Heart Research Institute (NZ) do not go towards the NZ Heart Foundation but to Heart Research Institute (NZ) which is a completely separate charity registered in New Zealand. Heart Research Institute (NZ) funds research into the World’s Number 1 killer – heart disease.
Is cancer now New Zealand's and the world’s biggest killer?
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Cardiovascular disease, which encompasses heart attack and stroke, still kills more people every year than any other condition, including cancer. The publicity you might have heard compared cancer to ‘heart attack’ only. Cardiovascular disease is still New Zealand's (and the world’s) number one killer.

What is a bequest?
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A bequest is a gift made to The Heart Research Institute (NZ) from your Estate, through a mention in your Will. Gifts in the form of bequest to The Heart Research Institute (NZ) help accelerate the vital research projects we undertake and support new methods of detecting, preventing and reversing heart disease. It is your legacy for helping future generations to enjoy a longer and more fulfilling life.

Many people, particularly those who have supported organisations during their lifetime, choose to leave bequests of varying forms and sizes to one or a number of organisations. Leaving a bequest is a way of ensuring that after you have remembered your own loved ones, you can continue to support the causes that are special to you, even after you have gone. Arranging a bequest is quite straightforward. It can be included when you first make your Will or be added to your existing Will as a codicil. 

For more information please call 0800 909 481