Sector News in Aotearoa

Internship programme funding available Community groups looking for outside help to upskill can apply for funding to do so, says Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Alfred Ngaro. The Community Internship Programme has $231,000 available to community groups wanting to bring in outside expertise. The priority for many in the sector is to invest any capital and profits into their community it can often be a challenge to find funding to upskill or employ specialist staff. The Programme gives Community groups grants to employ skilled workers as interns. Last year 8 organisations received funds, for projects such as developing an online presence, help with marketing and with cultural competency.” Community groups can apply until 6 September 2017, with decisions to be made in early November. More information: or on 0800 824 824.
Ground-breaking funding research for Wellington Press Release: Nikau Foundation Thanks to the generosity of a Nikau Foundation donor, one of the biggest questions facing grant makers in the Wellington Region has now been answered. What charities are applying to what grant makers for which projects and who is being funded? For the first time Wellington Funders have come together to map the current funding distribution in our region. The Wellington Funding Mapping Project (WFMP) has released an initial report covering the numbers of successful and unsuccessful grant applications according to sector, project type and target beneficiary group. See the press item on Scoop   Three Masterclasses in Wellington open for registration Social Service Providers Aotearoa (SSPA) brings you three masterclasses discussing important topics for the social services and community sector. Visit the linked pages for more details. Collaboration in Social Works Practice – Moving Beyond Boundaries Through Relationship Building by ANZASW A forum for all social workers and social work managers on collaboration and relationship building in social work practice, with three high-quality presentations. From 3.00pm to 5.30pm on 5 September at Oceania Room, Te Papa, Wellington Brokering Partnership for Results by Trish Hall This workshop is for you, if you are active in partnerships or about to be…. and determined that those partnerships are more than fine words. From 3.00pm to 5.00pm on 5 September at Rangi marie room 1, Te Papa, Wellington All you need to know about fundraising by Kate Russell, FINZ A step-by-step guide to fundraising hosted by FINZ. It will look at the different ways of raising money and take you from the planning stage through to final implementation. From 3.00pm to 5.00pm on 5 September, at Rangi marie room 2, Te Papa, Wellington
Beyond Boundaries – Kei Tua o Pae SSPA Conference 4 – 5 September, Te Papa, Wellington The voice of children and young people will be a thread running through SSPA Conference 2017, Beyond Boundaries – Kei Tua o Pae. In the highlight of the conference, Korero Mai, Whakarongo Mai: Children and young people, seen and heard; we will hear the voices of children and young people on social services. This will be the impetus for learning forums on why and how to include these voices in service design and ongoing evaluation. Participants will gain practical tools to take back to their organisation, along with ideas for an action plan. This 1.75 hours session has been developed with the assistance of VOYCE, the Office of the Children’s Commissioner, and Unicef, and will be facilitated by Anya Satyanand of Ara Taiohi. Find out more on  Registration closes on 1 September. Don’t miss out.
Imagine an Aotearoa New Zealand where all our young people flourish Nau mai, afio mai, welcome to the J R McKenzie Trust’s Peter McKenzie Project We want to see a reduction in the number of children, whānau and families living in poverty. To do this we need Big Ideas. We are starting the process of gathering Ideas that will, over time, contribute to a reduction in the number of children, whānau and families living in poverty. We are looking for Ideas that change systems and create circuit breakers in the complex issues that create hardship.  That may mean;
  • Changing the rules, such as, building and ‘selling’ a case to create or change policies, laws, rules and practices, at national or local level;
  • Improving the ability of systems to learn and evolve: such as, strengthening links between different sectors and industries (schools, businesses, NGOs, banks etc) so that families in or near poverty benefit or developing processes for people running a system to be better informed and guided by those the system exists to serve.
  • Changing structures, implicit values or goals: based on a detailed understanding of how they work.
We are prepared to offer funding over a 20-year period so Ideas can be developed, tested and brought to life over the long-term. There is more information, including Q and A, available on our website   You can also see a short video here. If you have questions about the Peter McKenzie Project or the JR McKenzie Trust, please get in touch with Iain Hines, Our vision:  A socially just and inclusive Aotearoa New Zealand Kia hua mai he whenua ka toko i te tika me te pono hei korowai mō Aotearoa
Foundations and endowment funds So you are thinking about establishing a Foundation or an Endowment Fund. This article takes a look at some of the reasons why, what these terms mean, what’s involved in establishing and operating, some pros and cons, and some other things to think about. You may be an existing charity looking to do more and wanting to enhance the longer term financial and operational sustainability of your good organisation.   Or, you may be a philanthropic individual wanting to establish a more formalised legacy for your charitable giving.  Either way, establishing a Foundation or an Endowment Fund are popular strategies. However as with any new endeavour, and especially one that will likely involve ongoing compliance obligations, and may even involve establishing a separate legal entity, we suggest it is important to firstly pause and:
  • be very clear of your objectives
  • understand and consider the main options and implications; and then
  • develop your strategy and act.
With reference back to an earlier article “Please don’t set up a new NFP entity!” New Zealand already has an extraordinarily high number of not-for-profit and charitable entities, considering our relatively small population.  Any decision must be a considered and well-thought through strategy, rather than just “a good idea at the time”, or reacting to the causal, and possibly well-intentioned but sometimes ill-informed, suggestions of others.   Read the full article.
New resources from Community Researc For organisations wanting to ‘design strategic, measurable organisational outcomes’, Community Research brings this sixty-minute tutorial with Dr Jess Dart, and a Kaupapa Maori example from Crystal Pekepo. For ‘Client Level Data, the policy context, and the practical implications for your organisation’, watch this sixty-minute presentation from Brenda Pilott(SSPA), Trevor McGlinchey(NZCCSS) and Garth Nowland-Freeman(LeAD). Book for Community Research Webinars ‘Great Data Collection with RBA™’ 11.00am, Tuesday 15th August. Sharon Shea shows how to use RBA™ to make sense of your data; New research  Kairangahau Alex Barnes explores how Pākehā have become involved in Māori-determined and controlled educational research. Sign up for e-news
The Rise of Public Participation: Critical to Success Press Release: International Association for Public Participation The International Association for Public Participation (IAP2), an organisation of practitioners from across the globe responsible for promoting and improving the practice of public participation on issues that affect the public interest, has appointed as its next international chair, an Australian executive Kylie Cochrane. Currently Global Lead, Communication & Stakeholder Engagement, for engineering and infrastructure advisors Aurecon, Cochrane believes Australia’s high level of public investment in infrastructure compared to other Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries, as well as the increasing interest by government and private stakeholders in the role of ‘collective design’ to deliver transport and social infrastructure, is driving this international recognition. See the full item here.
Equality Network Calls for Immediate Action on Inequality

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