Strategic Plan

Foundation North’s vision, as the major philanthropic funder for Auckland and Northland, is to enhance the lives of all the people of our region. Our 2018 Strategic Plan is a 15-year road map developed to support that vision. Our Trustees make all their grant decisions based on this strategy.

The plan is designed to be responsive to our region during a time of rapid and complex demographic and social change.  While the region is rich in the diversity and strengths of its people, and the natural environment in which we live, there are clear areas of need. We want to make a difference by responding to the greatest needs in our communities, building on the strengths of those communities to create positive social change of benefit to the entire region,

The plan draws on the unique capacity the Foundation has to be an innovative, strategic grantmaker. Our size and scale allow us to support the broad range of community organisations and initiatives that make this a great place to live today, and to take risks and support innovation to find new solutions to the region’s social and environmental challenges.   Our funding approach is flexible so we can respond quickly to new opportunities and challenges as they emerge.

The Foundation’s grants to Auckland and Northland community organisations and initiatives over the next fifteen years are likely to exceed half a billion dollars.  That’s an investment in shaping communities of tomorrow in which everyone feels included, and everyone is able to contribute. 

Read the full Strategic Plan


Māori Strategy

Moemoeā - our vision

Ka kōkiri ngātahi te mana Māori, tutuki noa, hei oranga tinana, oranga wairua, oranga hinengaro mō te katoa.

To raise Māori aspirations towards self-determination, to achieve as a community, physically, spiritually and of wholesome mind

Read the Māori strategy here


Pacific Strategy

To support Pacific communities to thrive we will:

  • Develop and strengthen relationships with Pacific communities in Auckland and Northland
  • Ensure equity and access to Foundation North programmes and policies

Read the Pacific strategy here


Ethnic Diversity Strategy

The vision - for Foundation North to be a culturally responsive organisation that responds to the aspirations of diverse communities, and builds connections within and between the communities of our region.

 Read the Ethnic Diversity strategy here



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.

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