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Helping Christchurch Rangatahi to Blossom

A story about youth leadership programmes in Christchurch....

May 16, 2022

Measuring Levels of Food Insecurity to Help End It

To move beyond the food parcel model to food security we first need to measure what's being distributed....

May 16, 2022

Building Warm, Dry Whare for East Coast Whānau

Read about housing innovation from our community partners Hikurangi Enterprises....

May 16, 2022

How Funding Systems Change is Changing Us

Staff reflections on being funders of systemic change....

May 16, 2022

Our Learning Partners Point and Associates

Read about our new approach to evaluating long-term change....

May 15, 2022

Being Human, Systems-focused, and Learning

Our journey to better outcomes for children, whānau and communities.  There are no quick fixes to complex issues such as reducing inequality or responding to the long-term social and economic effects of Covid-19; areas where the Todd Foundation aims to make an impact. How do we embrace complexity, learn from it, and continually improve the way we serve the leaders in our communities who are driving change? How can we best work collaboratively to catalyse and support longer-term social chan...

May 3, 2021

Working together to build food security in the Hutt Valley

A partnership forged between two Wellington organisations to provide food to people in the Hutt Valley during the Covid-19 lockdown has led both of them in exciting – and unexpected – directions.Tākiri Mai te Ata Whānau Ora Collective and Common Unity Project Aotearoa (CUPA) teamed up during the lockdown to provide groceries, fresh produce and freshly cooked meals after local foodbanks temporarily closed down. Tākiri Mai te Ata, a collective of seven health, housing, and social servi...

May 3, 2021

Te Hiko: Sparking and Supporting Community Solutions to Complex Problems

After more than 30 years of working alongside communities in Porirua and the Hutt Valley, Wesley Community Action knows the power of letting communities take the lead when it comes to solving complex problems such as poverty and food insecurity.“We have learned that community-led development is where real, profound change can happen,” says community innovation lead Kena Duignan.At the heart of this way of working is the belief that people are the experts in their own lives. Rather ...

May 3, 2021

How to fund the future – a regional perspective

ToiEDA Workforce Development Manager, Barbara MacLennan, shares her thoughts on how funders can support future generations....

December 9, 2020

Developing a new approach to supporting Māori-led solutions

Project Hoake –  an example of how funders can listen to communities, develop shared tikanga/values leading to mana enhancing relationships....

December 1, 2020

Fairer futures for children and whānau

We’re exploring ways that we can support efforts to address poverty and inequality in Aotearoa New Zealand.Our Fairer Futures change initiative supports community-led action to shift the social and economic conditions contributing to poverty and inequality in Aotearoa New Zealand and to enhance opportunities for children and whānau to reach their aspirations....

November 19, 2020

Inclusive Aotearoa Collective: Developing a national strategy to build a socially inclusive Aotearoa New Zealand

Most New Zealanders were deeply shocked by the Christchurch mosque attacks on 15 March 2019.For human-rights activist Anjum Rahman they confirmed her view that we need a national strategy to ensure that Aotearoa New Zealand is a place where everyone feels they belong – regardless of their ethnic background, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability status. “We’d been talking about it before the attack, but afterwards it became evident that it was imperative,” she says. ...

May 4, 2020

Driving Change: Working together to help all young New Zealanders get a driver licence

For young New Zealanders a driver license is more than just a license to get on the road. It’s a license to get a job and to participate fully in society.However, at present up to 90,000 young people face barriers to getting a license. They often have no legal driver to teach them, and no legal car to practice in. If they drive anyway, they risk being caught up in the criminal justice system.Now the Driving Change Network, a collaborative project funded by the Todd Foundation, the Vodafone New...

May 1, 2020

Lifting Our Aspirations

Stories of strategic philanthropy in Aotearoa and beyond ...

April 18, 2020

Funding Youth Employment Initiatives from 2014 to 2019

In 2014, we started researching youth employment issues and solutions in New Zealand and overseas. We were becoming increasingly aware of the difficulties many young people face in finding their first stable job. With the changing nature of work many of the traditional pathways to employment are in decline.Based on what’s worked elsewhere, we saw that successful approaches:offer continuing support for young people to be ‘work ready’ for a changing economyensure employers and comm...

February 3, 2020

Whyora Taranaki

Whyora is an employment pathways programme targeted at Māori students in the Taranaki region.  This initiative is a partnership between Te Whare Punanga Kōrero Trust (a collection of 8 local iwi), the Taranaki District Health Board, and the Ministry of Social Development. Māori are under-represented in the health and disability workforce in almost every specialist area and Whyora’s vision is to ensure Taranaki has “a competent, skilled Māori health and disability workforce, equ...

November 5, 2019

A New Heart for Giving

Christina Howard, our former Executive Director, shares her thoughts about philanthropy in this article by Margie Cooney for Denizen magazine....

October 14, 2019

Youth Inspire - Lower Hutt

Based in Wainuiomata and Naenae, Youth Inspire collaborates across the public and private sectors to support young people into pathways of employment, study, training, and soft skills as well as driver licencing. Through Licence to Work and Driver Licencing programmes Youth Inspire provides a responsive approach to wrap around young people not currently engaged in employment, education or training. Youth Inspire has strong local community and employer connectio...

July 1, 2019

Top 10 tips for community-led development

Todd Foundation and Inspiring Communities share their top 10 tips on enabling and supporting community-led development...

May 13, 2019

Putting relationships first: A new funding approach to support community aspirations

What if funders took the time to connect with communities and find out their needs and aspirations before deciding which initiatives to support? The Todd Foundation and other funders have been trialling a new “relationships before resources approach” with communities from Ngāti Porou and Te Whānau-ā-Āpanui near East Cape. Based on Tikanga Māori principles, it involved marae-based visits to learn about each other and find alignment, before mutually agreeing initiatives to work on. Projec...

November 14, 2018

VOYCE Whakarongomai - supporting care-experienced voices to inform New Zealand's care system

Launched in 2017, VOYCE Whakarongomai is an independent NGO which connects children and young people in care and supports them to advocate for their needs. It will ensure that their experiences and voices influence Oranga Tamariki and the wider care system.VOYCE was initiated as the result of a unique collaboration. In 2014 the Todd and Tindall Foundations started talking about how we could better support kids in care. Foundation North and Vodafone Foundation joined the conversation, and early i...

September 10, 2018

Announcing Our 2018 Strategy

Find out how our new funding strategy is changing the way we work in this article published in the August issue of Philanthropy News....

August 6, 2018

JustSpeak – giving young people a voice to change the criminal justice system

When social justice advocate Kim Workman set up the youth justice organisation JustSpeak in 2011 he thought it would be a sub-committee of its parent organisation, Rethinking Crime and Punishment. Instead, JustSpeak has become an independent and important voice in the national conversation about the justice system. “We ended up with a movement,” says Kim, who is a former Todd Foundation funding partner. JustSpeak aims to encourage discussion by young people about the justice system. It publi...

May 8, 2018

Curious Classrooms Evaluation 2014-2015

"Science is at the heart of everything this country must do” but many students are turned off science before secondary school. We evaluated our curious classrooms project, which was designed to generate “wow” hands-on science experiences in primary schools to inspire curiosity and fosters understanding, investigation and participation in science....

July 11, 2016

Ideas for working with central government to affect change

Four experts share their most effective strategies for working with Central Government to enable ‘inclusive communities where all families, children and young people thrive and contribute’...

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