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The recently released national COVID-19 impact survey of tangata whenua, community and voluntary organisations identified a strong commitment across the sector to respond, recover, and then reshape for the future. To assist organisations to build their capability to meet current challenges and take advantage of post-Covid opportunities, CSI will offer a series of online capacity and capability workshops designed and curated based on the survey responses and the identified ongoing need in the sector.

An initial offering of five 90 minute workshops in November will cover grant writing, marketing and communications, innovation, strategy, and wellbeing. The sessions will offer practical learning with supplied ‘take home’ resources/toolkits.

A full programme and registration process is available below:


Kia Whiti Tonu - an online capability building programme for community organisations
after COVID-19

24 November – 4 December 2020

Foundation North with the Centre for Social Impact wants to help build capability and capacity in the community and voluntary sector as it responds to the disruption of COVID-19.  To support this, we are delighted to announce Kia Whiti Tonu, a free introductory programme of five 90 minute workshops that will cover grant writing, marketing and communications, innovation, strategy, and wellbeing. The sessions will offer practical learning with supplied ‘take home’ resources/toolkits.

The programme has been developed following the recently released national COVID-19 impact survey of tangata whenua, community and voluntary organisations.  Carried out over May and June 2020 by CSI in partnership with Hui E! Community Aotearoa, Philanthropy New Zealand, and Volunteering New Zealand, the findings of the survey were published in the Time To Shine report. The survey identified a strong commitment across the sector to respond, recover, and then reshape for the future. It also identified some key areas where respondents wanted support to help them shine brightly and build back better after the disruption of COVID-19.

The Kia Whiti Tonu programme of workshops has been designed to meet those capacity and capability development needs. CSI has harnessed the individual skills and experience of our network of associates to deliver Kia Whiti Tonu.  Where workshop numbers are limited, priority will be given to Foundation North grantees.

The Kia Whiti Tonu Programme

Registrations are now open. Where workshop numbers are limited, priority will be given to Foundation North grantees.

WELLBEING - The Ora of Self
Date & Time:     Tuesday 24 November @ 10am – 11.30am
Presenter:         Tuihana Ohia

This interactive wellbeing workshop will focus on your self-awareness and self-care.  Leaning into a Reflective Practise, we will speak to and share our pūmanawa (natural gifted talents, magic, superpowers), pūkenga (our skills, expertise) and learnings.   Also, how we ‘live’, nourish, practise and apply these to our roles, mahi, whanau and the communities in which we serve. Places limited to 70 maximum. Register here

**Following the Wellbeing workshop, we are thrilled to advise that the links are now available. Please click here for the recording, presentation and take-home kete.


INNOVATION - Innovating a New World
Date & Time:    Friday 27 November @ 10am – 11.30am
Presenter:        Louise Marra

This session is introductory and will explore what type of innovation we need in our world today so we don’t get more of the same and we take a leap into living an interconnected future where all can thrive. It offers practical tools and resources for this way of innovating as a way of being in our life and work. Places limited to 70 maximum. Register here


STRATEGY - Strategy in a fast-changing world, learning from COVID
Date & Time:    Monday 30 November @ 10am – 11.30am
Presenters:       Kat Dawnier and Rachael Trotman

The session will look at the strategic issues and implications that have come up for the community sector through COVID-19, and how NGOs have used this disruptive moment to rethink and revitalise their work. By sharing evidence, case studies and learning from the sector, participants will be supported to consider how and where they might need to respond to our changing post-COVID landscape and how to build their strategic thinking capacity. Places limited to 70 maximum. Register here


GRANT WRITING - Kick A** Content – Developing Winning Proposals
Date & Time:     Wednesday 2 December @ 10am – 11.30am
Presenters:        Adrian Field and Anne Bateman

This webinar will walk you through the proposal development process and methods of strengthening your funding submissions to secure more resources.  Participants will also be introduced to collaborative writing resources and be given access to resources for proposal content development. Register here


MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS - Creating content that counts in a changing world
Date & Time:    Friday 4 December @ 10am – 11.30am *Rescheduled date*
Presenter:        Suzanne McNicol

This webinar is a refresher on communicating your purpose and impact to current and potential supporters. Focusing on the importance of doing digital right and creating compelling content, you will be taught what donors, funders and the media care about and how to get their attention and support. Register here

Please promote these workshops amongst your networks, especially people involved or interested in building their capability in the community sector.

The Kia whiti tonu events are delivered by the Centre for Social Impact through its knowledge hub, Te Pūaha o te Ako and funded by Foundation North