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More information for NFPs

More information for NFPs


A list of COVID-19 resources and information for NFPs is available in our COVID-19 Governance hub

Resources for NFPs

Parryfield Lawyers have produced a legal handbook for charities in New Zealand (2021). The handbook serves as a practical guide to help establish and operate your charity. Download the handbook.

The Centre for Social Impact launched the National Action Plan for Community Governance on 19 August 2020. It was developed to help strengthen community governance capability. See the full report

Charities Services: See the Governance information for new officers resource (published 20 September 2019) which is a simple guide to help understand the role of an officer and how to contribute to governing a charity well.

Also see charities' obligations under the law

The new Trusts Act – What does it mean for registered charities? 

Charities are a valuable and trusted voice on issues that affect their communities. Learn more about advocacy in charitable organisations.

CommunityNet Aotearoa is an online hub of resources designed to strengthen community organisations.

Sports NZ provides an online hub of resources, tools and guides, including Nine steps to effective governance which sets out basic governance concepts, challenges, structures and change processes and a nine step framework to effective governance. This is a useful resource for all NFPs.

Creative and arts 

Creative NZ's (Arts Council of NZ) Getting on board (4th ed) is a governance resource guide for arts organisations)

Webcast: Future of NFP governance

A recording of a live webcast of an event hosted by the Centre for Social Impact is available for IoD members to view.  The discussion included panellists Mai Chen, Te Aroha Grace, Mel Hewitson, Yvonne Powley and Caren Rangi who discussed a recently released a report into the future of governance for New Zealand’s NGOs.

Support for NFPs

Business Sorter - Digital business planning for NFPs*

To support the charitable and not-for-profit sector, Business Sorter are providing a free 12 month account to any New Zealand organisation with charitable status. 

To access the offer email and include your charities services registration number. Business Sorter will send you a code to access a free “Medium Team” 12 month account and instructions.

*The IoD is not affiliated with Business Sorter and provides this as information only. IoD members accessing this tool do so under the terms and conditions of Business Sorter. 

Other resources relevant to NFPs

FMA’s 2018 Corporate Governance Handbook is a handbook which can assist directors, executives and advisers in applying corporate governance to their companies, and is also applicable to not-for-profit organisations and charities.

Te Puni Kōkiri's Effective Governance includes governance resource for Maori organisations covering what boards do, how boards work and being a board member.

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