Collaborations & Projects


Sue McCabe is leading the first sprint which will look at engaging the broader governance community in valuing community governance.  She brings to the role her experience as chief executive of Philanthropy New Zealand, and as a co-founder and trustee of not-for-profit the Community Comms Collective, and of social enterprise The Good Registry.  We asked Sue why she supports the development of a national strategy for NGO and community governance.

This exciting collaboration between the Centre for Social Impact (CSI) and community organisations is swinging into action.  The first of six workshops to design the strategy will be held in Wellington on 11 and 12 March. 

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! 

To support and lift the capability of those in governance roles in the community, not-for-profit, and non-government sectors, the Centre for Social Impact is collaborating with a group of organisations to lead the development a national strategy for community governance.

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).

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.