Like Minds, Like Mine Community Partnership Fund

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The Health Promotion Agency is calling for submissions to their new community partnership fund:

“Like Minds, Like Mine is a national programme to promote the reduction of stigma and discrimination and to increase social inclusion for people with experience of mental illness. The programme is guided by the Like Minds, Like Mine National Plan 2014-2019

More info on their website here.

Resilience Within – A short guide to resilience for NGOs

Resilient Organisations has published a guide to resilience for NGOs. It’s a quick read at only 20 pages and includes a tool to measure your resilience. There are links to more guidance and tools too.

The emphasis is on being a great organisation, able to deal with both threats and and opportunities – including funding cuts.

You can download the guide as a PDF from

Resilience Within - A short guide to resilience for NGO's
Resilience Within – A short guide to resilience for NGO’s

2014 Matariki Auahi Kore – Smokefree Fund

MatarikiSouthern District Health Board have four $500 grants available for community groups planning an event to celebrate Puaka Matariki.

The event will need to be smoke free and advertised as such. You can increase your chances of getting the grant by offering to share information on stopping smoking at the event.

The closing date for applications in 7 April 2014.

You can download the application form as a PDF: Matariki smoke free application.


MSD Capability Investment Resource funding available

MSD logoMSD funded organisations have until 28th February to apply for the third round of CIR funding.

This is a flexible resource aimed at helping organisations develop their capability and capacity. This can be through implementing new systems, new partnerships or strategic changes. There is still money available for the review and planning phases too.

If you are MSD funded and haven’t applied yet, its a good idea to check out how this funding can help your organisation get it self ready for coming changes. Full details are on the MSD website.

Two reports on pay and performance in NFPs published

Grant Thornton, a business advisory company, and their partners Strategic Pay have released two reports on the Not for Profit Sector in Australasia – with a heavy slant towards Aotearoa New Zealand. The reports are free of charge.

Passion and Purpose: What drives CEOs in the Not for Profit Sector 

This 24 page document is based on a survey of 33 Chief Execs along with Strategic Pay’s ongoing cross-sector research. One headline is that NFP senior staff are paid an average of 30% less than in the private sector and 10% less than those in similar roles in the public sector. Reasons for accepting the lower pay rates vary but there is consensus that the benefits of doing good and working with like minded people are factors.

There are no surprises when it comes to what is seen as the top challenge in the sector, funding is cited by 1/3. But with Governance and management prioritised by a ¼ each there may be more to consider for the health of the sector than money.

Page 6 contains the research findings and is definitely worth a scan.

Doing good and doing it well 

With a different research methodology this report finds funding the top priority for 3/4 of Kiwi NFPs and 2/3 say it’s the top priority for the whole sector. The priority given decreased across organisations as turnovers increased.

The research delves into 4 topics:

  • funding: 39% of NZ NFPS say they have frozen salaries
  • governance: only 3% of NFPs report they have a responsibility to report to the general public/community
  • social enterprise: 25% of NFPs have considered buying an existing business
  • social media: 79% of NZ NFPS have websites compared to 99% of Australian NFPs

This report doesn’t do quite so well with the images chosen to illustrate the findings. They are mainly male and when a woman does appear on page 32 balance is offered with a corresponding male character. This is despite half of the CEOs interviewed being women. And that’s before we look at the activities depicted.

The 4 page Significant Issues section starting on page 6 gives a handy overview.

You can download PDFs of the documents from the companies’ websites: