Systems Change Funding
We want to see a fundamental shift in the lives of our young people, especially the most excluded and disadvantaged. Influencing systems is a slow, strategic process.
Our systems change funding is focused on three areas of impact: transforming care and protection, supporting Māori aspirations, and creating income equity. These are not contestable funds – instead we are engaging in long term partnerships with organisations doing exceptions work in each of these spaces: VOYCE Whakarongo Mai, Tuia and the Child Poverty Action Group.
VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai is an independent connection and advocacy service, set up in partnership with care experienced children and young people, four philanthropic funders (The Tindall Foundation, Foundation North, Todd Foundation and Te Rourou, One Aotearoa Foundation), Oranga Tamariki, and community organisations such as Ngapuhi Iwi Social Services and Dingwall Trust.
The funders harnessed ‘the power of four’ to generate significant change in the foster care system. You can read the story of and lessons learned from this collaboration in the report The Power Of Four – Lessons from the VOYCE collaboration.
VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai connects children and young people in care to build a positive care identity, advocate with them and influence the development of services to ensure their individual and collective rights are upheld. More information at www.voyce.org.nz