Good Practice Guidelines

These principles of good practice aim to strengthen practice in community and achieve impact.

There is a growing need to ensure that we are funding effectively across the community sector and to support strengthening practice within community organisations.   Guidelines were developed with the support of the Centre for Social Impact and Rata Foundation to support effective practice within the community and philanthropic sectors. The links below will be ready by 29 July 2019.

Positive youth development 



Older people 

Community-led development 



Other good practice guidelines and resources

In some areas of work, resources and good practice guidelines already exist to support organisations in the design and delivery of their services.

Learning and insights

The Wheelhouse has developed nine short and easily accessible resources to support organisational capability development (Direction, Financial management, Governance, Administration, Communication, Evaluation, Leadership, People, and Relationships)

Support for organisations to strengthen learning and share insights

Community profiles to help organisations use data in their work.

A range of resources to support community organisations

NZ Navigator is focussed on building strong and effective organisations and communities, enabling users to assess the performance of their organisation by rating all the important areas of the organisation’s operation – direction, governance, leadership, people, administration, finances, communication, evaluation, and relationships.

Technology support


There is no one single precise model of governance.  Good governance is always being refined, improved and adjusted as needed to meet organisational needs.  There are several good resources already developed to support good governance.

Children and Young People

Positive Youth Development in Aotearoa

Youth Development Strategy Aotearoa

Guide to Effective and Safe Practice in Youth Mentoring

Youth Participation in Decision-making Action Plan (MYD)

Making Best Practice Standard Practice in Child and Youth Health

Ara Taiohi

Alternative Education

Alternative Education: Schools and Provider Report

Community change

Good Practice in Community Development Work: Towards Community Wellbeing 

Community-led Development

Inspiring Communities

Accessibility for all

Let’s get real – Disability Guide

NZ Disability Strategy

Practical and long term ways to increase access to the arts and build new audiences

Sport and Recreation

Safe Sport for Children (Sport NZ)

Examples of Good Practice Principles – Children and Young People in Sport and Recreation (Sport NZ)

Good Practice in Provision of Sport (Sport NZ)

Outdoor Activities: Guidelines for Leaders

Sport and Recreation Facility Development


Department of Conservation  

In Safe Hands Toolkit  


Sustainable management of historic heritage guidance series

ICOMOS New Zealand Charter for the Conservation of Places of Cultural Heritage Value

Arts and Culture

Getting on Board – A Governance Resource Guide for Arts Organisations

Creative NZ Resources


Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand – Not-for-profit reporting

Charities Services – New reporting standards

Health and Safety

Health and Safety guidelines for governors - Health and Safety  

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