Question :
We are a new community funded Charitable Trust providing affordable, accessible and equitable  healthcare to the Wairarapa Community and visitors.   Any support, mentoring, funding, guidance is requested. 

Question submitted 06/01/21 @ 07:59pm
Industry: Social Enterprise (Community, Not-for-Profit, For Profit)
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    Morena – and so good to see you and your group doing this in the Wairarapa. Wishing you all the best for the journey of service – my experience in this area is mostly around people and organisations trying to raise funding. What I have found is that when you are new, most funding comes from 1 or 2 circles of knowledge and connection. What I mean by that – it is the people that know you already that are most likely to fund you. Not strangers or people you have no relationship with. Unless, you can prove to those ‘new’ people that you can deliver the value to the people – in the startup land, we say, never raise money until you have proven something to your investors. So my challenge to you is to think about who you know already who might believe in you and your team – and see what funding you can get from them. 2ndly, what can you do to prove the value and utility of this in the region?

    All businesses or organisations live from the stakeholders, customers they serve – so one thing to consider, what can you do right not to prove that your hypothesis that there is a need in the region right now, that shows the people that you are right about your belief of the need, and then might help convince locals to fund and support your organisation?


    Welcome to the charitable sector!

    The first place I’d point you to is Community Net which has a heap of free resources for charities – https://community.net.nz/.

    Joining peak bodies is helpful to start building networks, identifying potential mentors, and finding out more about the wider sector. I’d suggest you start with Social Service Providers Aotearoa – https://sspa.org.nz/.

    The best way to find what funding is available is through organisations who keep track of what’s out there. Try Generosity NZ – https://generosity.org.nz/ – or Strategic Grants – https://www.strategicgrants.co.nz/. They both are fee-based but will save you a huge amount of time searching yourself online.

    Another way to identify potential funders is to find out who is funding similar charities and using that as a starting point to see if you meet their criteria. You can search for charities on the Charities Register – https://www.register.charities.govt.nz/CharitiesRegister/Search. Always reach out to the funding advisor for a philanthropic trust before applying. Will save you lots of time!

    I also suggest you contact the DIA Community Advisors to ask for advice about funding and/or local contacts – https://www.communitymatters.govt.nz/how-we-can-help-and-where-to-find-us/

    Nga mihi

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