CSI Reports

This report by the Centre for Social Impact associate, Rachael Trotman, presents the story of and lessons learned from a collaboration between four philanthropic funders that led to the establishment of VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai. VOYCE is an independent charitable trust for children and young people in foster care.


Social change agendas are often driven by a focus on ‘fixing’ people and their problems.  It’s a negative focus that for those being ‘fixed’ can feel disempowering. The new focus by Government on a social change agenda driven by promoting well-being, however, is aspirational.

CSI Reports

A solid evidence base supported the development of Foundation North’s  2018 Strategic Plan.

This two part report commissioned by Foundation North, from the Centre for Social Impact and Ākina Foundation, looks at how impact investment could help the foundation, other philanthropic funders, and investors achieve both financial returns, and measurable, beneficial social or environmental impacts.

Client Publications

The development of Foundation North’s fifteen year strategies has been informed by a solid research base.  The Centre for Social Impact helped create this foundation of information and evidence for strategies which will guide the grantmaking of New Zealand’s largest philanthropic grantmaker through to 2033.

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).


A brief explanation of how evaluation changes to support investment across the CSI grantmaking dial.


Kathrine Clarke (Ngāpuhi) is the latest associate to join our team. Kathrine has more than twenty-five years’ experience as a senior manager, general manager and CEO in the health sector across central government, NGOs and Māori health providers. Her significant contribution was recognised last year when she was announced as the Māori Public Health Tū Rangatira mō te Ora Award winner for 2017. 


Around half a billion dollars will be invested in Auckland and Northland communities by Foundation North over the next fifteen years.  A new strategic plan has been created by the Foundation to ensure that this investment will enhance the lives of everyone in the region. 

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.