We learn with and from our clients, partners and associates. Our print and digital publications give an insight into what we’re learning, and the dynamic and multi-layered nature of change in the sector.


COVID-19 is reshaping the way we will work for the foreseeable future... 

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. 

Blog News

Our latest blog, from CSI's Rachael Trotman, looks at how evaluation supports social impact journeys.

CSI Reports

 A report for Vodafone Foundation into what helps young people shape lives they value...


The panel discussion between Mel Hewitson, Yvonne Powley, Te Aroha Grace, Mai Chen and Caren Rangi on NGO Governance is now available online...


Our second blog on governance is from CSI’s chair, Mel Hewitson.  Mel’s current governance roles include being deputy chair of Foundation North, and an independent non-executive director of Simplicity NZ, Trust Investments Management Limited, Heritage Trustee Company and Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Whai Maia. In this blog, Mel looks at some the approaches a board chair can use to run effective meetings.


Kia ora koutou,

Investment in improving the governance of non-government organisations was one of the recommendations of the What is the Future for NGO Governance? report published in September.

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.