The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is the official humanitarian agency of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
ADRA New Zealand works as part of the global ADRA network. Through this network, our reach extends into more than 130 countries. We exist to serve humanity, so all may live the way God intended. We work to change lives at home & overseas, by inspiring and collaborating with others to responsibly facilitate transformational development and relief projects.
‘Serving humanity so all may live as God intended’.
Connected – Courageous – Compassionate
Being connected means:
Living the vision and mission of ADRA.
Having clear expectations of each other: mutual accountability
Transparency through open communication and understanding of our operations.
Being courageous is signified by:
Acting with agility; in trusting relationships that allow for delegated decisions on behalf of all.
Boldly leading innovative change in a disrupted world.
Protecting and advocating for the rights of our beneficiaries, partners, and employees.
Compassion is displayed through:
Solidarity with the people and communities we serve through our vision and mission.
Being ‘alongside’ our employees,
Genuinely caring for each other.
ADRA New Zealand’s board is accountable for the achievement of our purpose as outlined in our constitution.
That being, to reduce poverty by serving people and communities in need, by the provision of humanitarian, development and relief aid and assistance in New Zealand and overseas without regard to ethnic, political, racial or religion association or qualification.
With the exception of ex-officio members (which are selected from specified leadership positions within the Seventh-day Adventist Church), Board members provide their services on a voluntary basis.
Experience represented on the ADRA Board includes international development, community and emergency management, administration, finance, legal, research and marketing.
ADRA is people – staff, volunteers, supporter and project participants working together to make amazing things happen.
Our highly experienced leadership team works together to design, monitor and implement transformational projects that help people thrive. None of this would be possible without the amazing volunteers and others who partner with us. You can read more about our people in our Annual Report.
Join with us in restoring communities by working with us, volunteering your time or joining a supporter circle.
ADRA is operational in over 130 countries around the world.
300 million people positively impacted by the ADRA Network over 30 years
Over 100 disasters responded to as a Network every single year
ADRA works in partnership with thousands of civil-social organisaitons, governments, multilaterals, other faith-based organisations, corporates, and NGOs.
What percentage of my donation does ADRA keep?
ADRA New Zealand does not take any commission from donations. All donations are used for program support and additional fundraising, with the actual percentage allocation remaining within a range approved by the Board and published in our annual report. In the 2018 financial year, we allocated 8% of our expenditure to the essential administration, accountability and compliance aspects of program support, which include activities such as fraud prevention and child protection. We allocated an additional 3% of our expenditure to raising funds from the public and the New Zealand government. These percentages do not represent a deduction or commission from donations, they are simply a presentation of the actual costs of carrying out the work that we do.
What does ADRA do?
We inspire and collaborate with others to responsibly facilitate transformational development and relief projects overseas and in New Zealand. We seek to address not only the symptoms of poverty, but the systems and structures that cause it.
Where does ADRA work?
We implement transformational development and relief projects both in New Zealand and overseas. We work across a wide range of places in New Zealand thanks to the support of thousands of ADRA volunteers. During times of disaster we work through the global ADRA network to respond in countries in which ADRA has an office, but with whom we do not have a standing partnership.
Overseas, we work with partner ADRA offices that have an established presence and official recognition in their countries. For the most up to date information about where ADRA is working internationally, visit our projects page.