Auckland North Community and Development (ANCAD) is a charity that supports not-for-profit organisations and communities by providing services, resources and advocacy information to help them thrive. ANCAD is also deeply engaged in the community and supports community-led development work by building the capacity and capability or organisations.  One of their flagship programmes ‘LiiFT AOTEAROA‘ is specifically designed to deliver this kind of training.

The LiiFT AOTEAROA Programme is one of many programmes they run to help NFPs support capability and capacity building.  LiiFT AOTEAROA delivers a series of seminars and workshops by bringing in a diverse range of qualified consultants to present on topics that are particularly relevant for NFPs. They provide practical and informative training programmes on governance and management, strategy, planning, grant writing and fundraising and delivered the programme to over 582 participants in 2021, amongst Covid-19 lockdowns.

“2021 was particularly challenging, as it was for many organisations – but it forced us to reach out online and now we deliver many of our programme sessions in this way. This means we have a much wider reach and have the ability to deliver much further afield than we were previously able to.  We want to get to the heart of what NFP’s need to help strengthen our communities,“ said Simon Ritchie, ANCAD Capability Building, Communications and Partnerships.

ANCAD also works with a number of marae and marae boards, and over the last 18 months has been working alongside Màori organisations and trustees.

Michelle Wilson, Trustee of  Wharekawa Marae Reservation Trust  said “Kia ora, I would like to firstly thank you very much for the session held today with our Wharekawa marae trustees, it was a really good starter session and overview of the roles and responsibilities of the trustees and our financial management and processes. I have received great feedback and the common theme was they have come away with a better understanding of what our roles as trustees is concerning our financial obligations. Thanks again ANCAD and Simon for your support here, it really adds value to our marae sustainability and resilience programme and building capacity and capability for our trustees of the marae.”

Simon Richie says “ANCAD’s vision is for strong, vibrant and connected communities. We want to see community and For Purpose (NFP) groups LiiFTED and strengthened through offering relevant and affordable capability-building courses, presented by top, professional consultants and facilitators.  We are a highly connected organisation that convenes, facilitates and enables innovative community partnerships, networks and initiatives, and our capacity building programme continues to be a core resource for community to receive “101-level” training on the fundamentals of governance and NFP management.”

TTF has been supporting ANCAD for over 10 years and its work is aligned with our goal to strengthening the community sector.