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

The Child Poverty Action Group is a collective of change makers, with a proven track record of creating better outcomes for our rangatahi. Their mahi is focused on research, education and advocacy to influence policy and they were instrumental in the 2021 benefit increases which will help thousands of kiwi children and their families.
Te Rourou’s funding will support the Group’s research and advocacy work including future projects such as research into minimum income standards which is crucial to informing social policy and improving outcomes for disadvantaged children. More information at