• 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.