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Every cent will go to FREE kids counselling!

Thank you for your support. 100% of your donation goes to counselling for Kiwi kids and young people. Remember to claim a donation tax credit as a great way to make your donation go even further! Learn how to claim.


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Frequently asked questions

What is Gumboot Friday?

Gumboot Friday is an initiative by the I Am Hope Foundation, a fundraising and advocacy organisation that supports young people who are struggling with their mental health. We help connect young people with existing counsellors or therapists and provide funding for counselling, so that they get help as soon as they need it.

The Gumboot Friday counselling funding service is designed to take the pressure off current services and give young people facing long wait times an alternative pathway.

Gumboot Friday is not a long-term solution designed to take over from government services, rather, it should be seen as a bridge between current services and immediate need. Everyone is encouraged to seek government funded help while utilising our service.

What is the money used for?

100% of your donation that's deposited directly into the Kiwibank Gumboot Friday account goes to counselling for kiwi kids and young people. Kids (with the support of their adult supporters) can make an appointment directly with a counsellor or therapist that meets our criteria.

How can I get a donation receipt?

If you donate via the Direct Donation option, a receipt can be automatically generated and sent to your email. After you receive the donation successful message, simply click the continue option until you are returned to the Gumboot Friday website. A popup will then appear requesting you provide your full name (or company name) and an email address where the receipt can be sent. Be careful to enter your email address correctly, and check your spam folder if you don't see it in your inbox. If you still can't find it, drop us a message and we can dig it out for you.

If you make a donation via your online banking, or by directly depositing in a branch, we can also generate a donation receipt for you but the process takes longer.  We would need you to provide us with the time, date, amount and any reference used for the transaction, so that we can locate it within the account and generate a manual receipt.

Is Gumboot Friday registered with IRD for payroll giving?

Yes, the I Am Hope Foundation is registered with IRD as an approved donee organisation.

As an employer, you can offer payroll giving so that your employees can make donations from their salary or wages to Gumboot Friday and/or I AM HOPE.
Employees who donate can receive the 33% tax benefit as they go (e.g. a $30 donation will reduce their PAYE by $10, and so the actual cost to the employee is only $20).

Set up payroll giving for Gumboot Friday under the following:

  • Organisation Name: I Am Hope Foundation
  • Bank: Kiwibank
  • Bank Account Name: I Am Hope Foundation - Gumboot Friday
  • Bank Account Number: 38-9020-0336055-01

Set up payroll giving for I AM HOPE under the following:

  • Organisation Name: I Am Hope Foundation
  • Bank: BNZ
  • Bank Account Name: I Am Hope Foundation
  • Bank Account Number: 02-0428-0086124-000

More information on tax credits and payroll giving can be found via these pages: Tax credits for donations ( and Payroll giving as an employee (

Can I donate from the US?

Our organisation has received CAF America credentials, making us eligible to receive tax-efficient donations from US donors. If you are a US taxpayer wanting to donate to the I Am Hope Foundation, you can easily do so through CAF America.

To donate online, please follow this link: donate through CAF America.

Your support and generosity are sincerely appreciated.

Who can access Gumboot Friday funding?

Anyone in New Zealand who is 25 years of age or under.

What sort of counselling services do you offer?

We provide funding for young people aged 05-24 yrs to get counselling.
Counsellors are not employed by the I Am Hope Foundation. We're collecting a database of counsellors qualified to work with young people, so we can share their details on our website (counsellors can sign up here). Young people can get a counsellor from our database to make an appointment.

We have strict guidelines about the types of counsellors and therapists we accept onto our database.
They must all fit one of the following categories:

  • NZAC – New Zealand Association of Counsellors  Te Roopu Kaiwhiriwhiri o Aotearoa.
  • NZCCA – New Zealand Christian Counsellors Association.
  • NZPB – New Zealand Psychologists Board, Te Poari Kaimātai Hinengaro o Aotearoa.
  • PBANZ – The Psychotherapists Board of Aotearoa New Zealand Te Poari o nga Kaihaumanu Hinengaro o Aotearoa.
  • SWRB – Social Workers Registration Board Kāhui Whakamana Tauwhiro.

Counsellors and Therapists on our database are not a recommendation or exhaustive list of available professionals in New Zealand. We encourage everyone to do the necessary research to find a practitioner who suits your personal needs.

We expect all counsellors and therapists on our database to provide I AM HOPE and Gumboot Friday clients with the same quality of service and professionalism as clients who pay directly.

“Mike and Gumboot Friday literally saved my life if it wasn’t for those free sessions I would have never found out what was truly wrong with me and how to fix it. After my suicide attempt I went down hill real fast and had no way out until Gumboot Friday helped me. Me and my family thank you Mike more then you could imagine”
Counselling Client
When we found our counsellor I was surprised, amazed and so very very thankful to hear that my daughter’s first session would be free thanks to Gumboot Friday, and that should she require it, the counsellor was able to apply for up to another 2-4 sessions, also paid for by Gumboot Friday for my daughter.  Thankfully my daughter responded well to the counselling and being a single parent there was a great sense of relief knowing that any financial constraints I may have had were not going to be a barrier to her getting the support she needed.With that said, ‘affordability’ was never even questioned when I first spoke with the Counsellor, and I am still in awe that anyone in New Zealand under the age of 25 has the opportunity to receive free counselling thanks to Mike and your team.
Counselling Client
“Through Gumboot Friday both my sister and I were able to access additional counselling sessions as we had used up our funded free sessions prior. This was a big help for me as I was on the waiting list for a psychiatrist and I know it was helpful for my little sister to talk to someone who could help her wrap her head around what had happened.
So thank you for Gumboot Friday, it’s helped so many people in New Zealand and my sister and I are just 2 people that have been helped. ”
Counselling Client
“Hi there, I just wanted to let you know my daughter has made contact with one of the councillors on your list & had her first session with her tonight, despite only being the first visit she feels like someone actually understands what's going on with her head & is back next week for another session.   I just wanted to say thank you for taking the time to reply to my message especially since she didn't fit into you age bracket that you are aiming to help & of almost desperation. I've long been a Gumboots supporter & we have already lost 1 son to suicide so didn't want to lose a daughter as well. thank you from the bottom of my heart.💕”
Counselling Client
“Counseling was not there when we needed it.  It’s very expensive for some of us and was not going to be funded through ACC for us.We needed to pay ourselves. We paid for some sessions and then her counsellor said she was able to get funding for 2x sessions through I Am Hope. We were delighted!  This was in December 2021. It made such a difference to us and our Christmas. More importantly though, it gave our girl a boost to know someone else cared about her enough to do that.  It gave her enough of a boost to start fighting for better days. So, thank you, it means so much more than you would realise.”
Counselling Client
“Tearing up with joy. Well done New Zealand. And thank you Mike, Jo, and the rest of Gumboot Friday team for helping myself directly and so many others on their journey.
Your support, quick response, and words of encouragement has already made such a massive difference to me, and I can’t wait to speak with one of your team very soon! It’s truly life saving.
Thank you again. Much aroha you troopers 🙂💙”
Counselling Client