Policy and research updates


October updates:


  • We have released a research paper that provides more information about the Class 4 gambling system and community distributions.  Our membership has high interest in this topic and we wish to facilitate further discussion on the issues arising as part of our “better philanthropy and grantmaking” mission.



September updates:

  • As electioneering ramps up, Philanthropy NZ has created its own Election 2020 webpage which hosts recorded conversations with some political party representatives. It shares their views on issues of interest to the philanthropic sector, as well as contains links to other major party policies.


  • Charities Services has launched Te Puna Atawhaitanga as a new section on their website to provide guidance on charity matters relevant to new and existing charities with a kaupapa Māori focus.


  • Two reports of note published this month are Salvation Army’s The State of Our Communities 2020 and Inspiring Communities’ Funding for Change in Ōtepoti. This research examines community need and funding considerations in specific communities but contains findings that are more widely relevant and which deepen our understanding of what is happening in New Zealand communities.


  • The Government has released its latest action plan to support digital inclusion and assigns government agencies for key initiatives. Concerns have been raised since the publication of the plan around the need for continued affordable connectivity and the distribution of devices when current arrangements instituted during the Covid-19 lockdown end shortly.



August updates:

  • The Centre for Social Impact launched their ‘National Action Plan for Community Governance’ on 19th August 2020 which focusses on six outcome areas. Improving governance was one of the key areas identified in the recent Time to Shine survey, as a way to support the community sector navigate its future.


  • Government led discussions on how to best support an effective and sustainable social sector have led to the publication of: Social Sector Commissioning: Progress, Principles & Next Steps. This document outlines the response to conversations with the social sector so far and the next steps that will be taken.


  • The Time to shine,  time to take stock,  time to shape our future report that examines the impact of COVID-19 on the tangata whenua, community and voluntary sector is now out. The findings are based on 1,424 responses includes discussion on the challenges and opportunities that have arisen for the sector, what could be done to take action and how organisations and the sector could be strengthened for the future.


  • Community groups can now apply for the first round of a $36 million fund established to encourage locally-led solutions in the Covid-19 recovery period.  The Community Capability & Resilience Fund can go towards activities such as operational and administrative costs, technology to provide remote services, building economic capability and developing fundraising campaigns. Funding will be targeted towards community-led initiatives that support Māori and Pacific communities, as well as culturally and language diverse (CALD) populations. More information on the fund and how to apply is here.



July updates:

  • The results of a survey of more than 3000 people have been published in the State of Volunteering Report 2020. This pre-Covid 19 research highlights the importance of supporting the current volunteer workforce, while reconceptualising what the future of volunteering will look like. Key areas of focus include increasing the diversity of volunteers whilst also tackling an aging workforce and lack of volunteers.


  • The latest Waikato Vital Signs report was released this month.  This includes the analysis of data  by the National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis (NIDEA) relating to 34 indicators across eight impact areas.  It follows a Vital Update Report for the city of Tauranga also delivered this year with additional priority group reports. The Vital Signs research programme is co-ordinated by community foundations around the world and collects community driven data and knowledge at regular intervals to measure the vitality of a community.  The programme drives further conversations and supports action towards improving the quality of life for local populations.



  • This month a Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Education, philanthropic & grantmaker organisations and Philanthropy New Zealand was signed. This is to support collaboration between all parties for the purpose of improving education outcomes and equity gains for Māori and Pacific students, and students with learning support needs. The first national meeting for 2020 was also held to identify connection points and workstreams of mutual interest. Digital equity was also discussed given the prominence of this issue during the Covid-19 lockdown.


  • There have been a range of government funding packages announced over July which include $80.2 million towards ensuring Pacific learners and their families are better equipped to achieve their educational aspirations; $15 million to support wildlife institutions; $124 million Government investment in recycling infrastructure; a $200 million clean-powered public service fund; $761 million to invest in in under-pressure water services to ensure safe drinking water; an estimated $259 million of funding to ensure kiwi jobs and investment in New Zealand screen industry; $3 billion national infrastructure fund to kick-start the post-Covid rebuild (which likely includes an also announced $30 million infrastructure plan for renewable energy); $80 million for sport recovery at all levels; and a $44,000 Discretionary Fund to help fund children with disabilities into sport.


Philanthropic Sector COVID-19 Updates

Read our past updates that share philanthropic and grantmaking activity and insight as the sector seeks to supports communities in the wake of Covid-19.

Read past updates:

June – monthly sector update

 22 May – Sector weekly update

15 May – Sector weekly update

May 8 – Sector weekly update

May 1 – Sector weekly update

April 24 – Sector weekly update

April 17 sector weekly update

April 9 sector weekly update

April 3 sector weekly update

March 27 sector weekly update