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Enabling inspiring and sustainable social change in our communities

Te whakamanawa huriranga pāpori pūmau i roto i ō tatou roopu ā Iwi

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The Centre for Social Impact, a social business of Foundation North, supports grantmakers and funders to invest for impact, and changemakers to achieve impact and to learn.

Our purpose is to shift systems and make a difference for the people and whenua of Aotearoa. We support community-led social change, leading practice in philanthropy, environmental regeneration and a stronger community sector.

Our network of associates works with tangata whenua, philanthropic trusts, the community sector, government and the private sector. Our associates share a commitment to equity, inclusion and restoration of people and whenua.

Our services include research and analysis, evaluation, learning, community engagement and participatory design, strategic advice and planning, collaboration and collective impact, capability development, governance development and communicating for influence. We share what we are doing and learning through our knowledge hub, Te Pūaha o te Ako. Learn more.

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Te Pūaha Talks – our online capability building programme for 2023

Our Te Pūaha Talks programme for 2023/24 offers free online capability building webinars for not-for-profits supported by Foundation North. Kicking off the year with a wellbeing webinar on 1st February.

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Te Pūaha o te Ako

Our knowledge hub

Te Pūaha o te Ako is a metaphor for our knowledge hub as a place where learning is shared to enable transformational social impact. Te Pūaha (estuary) is where salt and fresh waters meet, a place where new life is produced and nurtured. Oho ake guides our behaviour to be open, and to share, analyse and strive for future learning.

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