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Frequently Asked Questions

I'm going on a trip to a country where Médecins Sans Frontières has a project running. Am I able to fundraise for this? Can I visit a project?

For security reasons we are unable to allow supporters to fundraise for trips to countries where we have projects operating. Similarly, we are unable to allow members of the public to visit our international projects.

I want to invite as many people as possible to my fundraising event; can Médecins Sans Frontières help?
Unfortunately due to resource constraints, our privacy policy, and necessary discretion in contacting our donors, Médecins Sans Frontières New Zealand can’t promote community fundraising projects, or pass on donors’ details for fundraisers to contact them directly.
Can someone from Médecins Sans Frontières attend my event or visit to pledge support?

You are welcome to make a request for a staff member or field worker to attend your event. Due to limited staff and volunteer resources, this is not always possible. However you can certainly make a request, but please note it may take six weeks before we can confirm. You can make a request online:

Can I promote my event to the media?

If you would like to send out press releases then these must be approved by Médecins Sans Frontières New Zealand prior to distribution. In addition, Médecins Sans Frontières New Zealand may allow use of our logo, depending on the proposed usage.

What should I tell the people donating or participating in my fundraiser?

Médecins Sans Frontières New Zealand should be named as the beneficiary of the project, for example including "proceeds of the event will go to Médecins Sans Frontières New Zealand", on all tickets or promotional flyers. In addition, the percentage or actual portion or gross proceeds donated to Médecins Sans Frontières should be disclosed to all participants.

Can expenses be deducted from monies gathered in fundraising?
Yes, ‘proper’ or ‘reasonable’ expenses may be deducted but some legislation gives a strict limit. At least 50% of the total income from your project should be allocated to Médecins Sans Frontières New Zealand. 
NB. Commissions or fees for you are not considered a reasonable expense and should not be submitted.
Can Médecins Sans Frontières issue tax deductible receipts?

Donations of $5 or more will be tax deductible but only to individuals or organisations who make a donation without receiving a product or service in return. Tax receipts can’t be issued for donated services like entertainment or exhibition set-up.

Does Médecins Sans Frontières accept donated material goods?

No, as we don't have the resources or systems to convert them into donated funds, we are unable to accept material goods. Equipment and medicines for the field are prepared by our logistics teams in our warehouses in Europe.