The Importance of Community Governance
Many of us give back to our communities by taking governance roles in community organisations. These organisations make a difference to New Zealanders in many ways, from providing services to vulnerable families and whānau, to youth, and to the elderly. They deliver sports, arts, environmental and cultural programmes. They employ around 100,000 people (nearly 5 percent of the workforce) and contribute nearly 3 percent to GDP.
Improving the quality of community governance is a priority for the Centre for Social Impact. This year, we’ve produced in association with the Superdiversity Institute a report, What is the future for NGO governance?, to look at what the needs and opportunities are. We’re now collaborating with a group of organisations to lead the development of a national strategy for community governance.
As we do this work, we hear about why people commit to community governance – and why they think it is important. As part of that conversation, we asked some of our stakeholders to take up their smartphones, and give us a brief insight into their governance interests. Enjoy!
Mapping the philanthropic landscape - A review of trends and contemporary practices
Insights to support the JR McKenzie Trust to harvest emerging ideas and practices relevant to New Zealand’s bi-cultural context
Foundation North’s Māori and Pacific Education Initiative – a 10 year study into success as Māori and as Pasifika
Hospitality, trust building, sharing and storytelling were at the heart of the development of Foundation North’s pioneering $20 million Māori and Pacific Education Initiative (MPEI).
Sweet as innovation from He Korowai Trust
He Korowai Trust, under the leadership of Ricky Houghton (Ngāti Kahu and Ngāti Whātua), has a record of inspiring social innovation. Our associate, Dain Guttenbeil, is leading the Centre for Social Impact’s work with the Trust as it establishes its latest initiative in Kaitaia, the Sweet As Maori Trade Training Academy.
Kōtuitui interweaving conversations: Social Enterprise in New Zealand
'Kōtuitui - interweaving conversations' is the idea of Foundation North and its social business, the Centre for Social Impact. The short, after-work events, focused around a theme, will provide a platform for attendees to meet and learn from thought-leaders in the sector, such as the speaker at the inaugural Kōtuitui on social enterprise (21 Sept), Mary Jo 'MJ' Kaplan.
The rangatahi challenge – the philanthropic response
Changing expectations and outcomes for rangatahi was the focus of our annual learning event this year. For insight and inspiration, the presentations from Dr Terryann Clark, Dr Hana O’Regan, Lani Evans, and Maria Ramsay are now online.
Insights into corporate and philanthropic investment
The 2016 learning event presentations from Antony Welton, Chair of the Vodafone NZ Foundation, and Jennifer Gill, CEO of Foundation North.