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GIVIT appoints Chris Staines as new Chief Executive Officer

Media release | 02 April 2024


Not-for-profit donation platform GIVIT has appointed Chris Staines as Chief Executive Officer. Chris brings a deep understanding of the not-for-profit and government sectors with over 20 years' experience both in Australia and abroad.

He spent ten years with the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), including heading operations in the Philippines and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) and in IFRC’s Geneva headquarters and Malaysia.

Chris led the Australian Red Cross response to the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami and has extensive experience in state government and community-based roles in Australia.

As CEO, Chris will be responsible for providing strategic leadership, driving organisational growth and furthering GIVIT’s commitment to inspiring an online network of givers.

GIVIT Chairman Iain MacKenzie said the appointment marks the beginning of a new chapter for GIVIT.

“We look forward to the new perspectives Chris will bring to GIVIT donors, supporters and charity partners,” said Iain.

“As GIVIT continues to grow, our focus remains on building resilience in communities around Australia through effective donation management.”

Chis Staines is preceded by Sarah Tennant who leaves GIVIT as CEO after ten years of service.

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GIVIT is the smart way to give. Through, we channel generosity where it is needed to support
vulnerable people and communities in Australia.

Working with more than 4,500 support organisations, we ensure people get what they need when they need it most – whether recovering from an emergency event, or experiencing hardship due to circumstances such as drought, domestic and family violence, homelessness, disability, and mental health.

GIVIT captures all offers of goods and services online, removing the need for charities and services to sort, store and dispose of unrequested donations, saving valuable resources. 100% of donated money received by GIVIT to support people in need are used to purchase essential items and services. We buy locally, wherever possible, to support local businesses and the economic recovery of affected communities. GIVIT’s operational costs are covered by government contracts and corporate partners.

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