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Strategic Plan

Foundation North’s vision, as the community trust for Auckland and Northland, is to enhance the lives of people in our region. Our Strategic Plan is a road map developed to support that vision.

Strategic plan

To achieve our vision, we aim to fund across four focus areas:

Hāpai te ōritetanga | Increased Equity 
Whakauru mai | Social Inclusion  
Whakahou taiao | Regenerative Environment 
Hāpori awhina | Community Support 

Community Funding

Our Quick Response Grants and Community Grants are responsive to community needs and aspirations, and initiatives that contribute to our vision.

Impact Funding

Our impact funding enables us to proactively and flexibly fund innovative approaches. This might include funding prototypes or trial approaches, the seeding of new ideas, taking projects to scale and working at systems change.

Pehiāweri Marae


Unuhia te rito o te harakeke,
Kei hea ke te kōmako e kō,
Rere ki uta,
Rere ki tai,
Ui mai koe ki ahau e aha
te mea nui o te ao,
Māku e kī atu,
He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata,
Tihei mauri ora

If you should tear out the heart of the flax bush,
Where will the bellbird be,
Will it fly inland,
Fly out to sea,
Or fly around aimlessly,
But if you should ask me what is the greatest thing on Earth,
I will tell you,
It is people, it is people, it is people.

- Mere Ngaroto, Te Aupōuri

Funding story

Participatory grantmaking

Foundation North has been trialling a new model of grantmaking – participatory grantmaking – which puts people who are affected by decisions in a position to influence and support decision-making.

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Focus area: Increased Equity
Participatory grantmaking