Inspiring Communities exists to increase the capacity of communities to thrive through community-led change. Since 2008 we have championed New Zealand’s growing community-led development (CLD) movement. As a small, highly effective national backbone organisation, we operate across sectors and levels, currently engaging and supporting a network of 3800 people, groups, and organisations across Aotearoa.
Through our key strategic roles (learning, capability building, connecting and influencing), we have effectively built momentum for CLD in Aotearoa. Our work focuses on promoting and catalysing locally-led change efforts and enabling systems changes that will better support local communities.
In terms of organisational structure, Inspiring Communities is supported by a Board of CLD passionate people from across Aotearoa and a team of contracted CLD specialists based in different parts of the country. We undertake a broad range of grant funded and enterprise activities to support our strategic goals, with around 50% of income currently generated from non-grants funded sources.
The Inspiring Communities Board
Inspiring Communities is governed by a Trust Deed which makes provision for up to 9 Trustees from across Aotearoa, New Zealand.
The Board provides a governance oversight to the organisation to ensure:
- setting of an effective strategic direction and budget for the organisation;
- activities undertaken align with our overall vision, mission and goals;
- our commitment to Ti Tiriti is reflected conceptually, structurally and practically in what we do; and
- appropriate financial management practices are followed.
Board Member Role
As an Inspiring Communities Board member, there is an expectation that you will:
- actively participate in all meetings – share your perspective and expertise
- share information with networks and open doors – help expand the reach of Inspiring Communities and its consultancy arm Powerdigm, by sharing information through your networks, and where appropriate, make connections to help advance the work of Inspiring Communities
- be a good advocate – being a champion for CLD and Inspiring Communities in your networks and communities
- identify opportunities – be proactive in connecting the Inspiring Communities team to new opportunities or by sharing new information or ideas
- honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi – support Inspiring Communities’ ongoing journey to be an effective Tāngata Tiriti organisation
The Board generally meets in Wellington 3-4 times a year. Travel costs to attend meetings are covered by Inspiring Communities.
Quarterly kanohi ki te kanohi (face to face) strategic meetings are typically 2-2.5 hours towards the end of the day (eg. starting 4-5pm). Strategic meetings are preceded by a shorter (up to 1 hour) fiduciary conference call/zoom the week prior to consider financial and operational matters ahead of strategic meetings. This process provides a useful way to ensure that the Board’s kanohi ki te kanohi time has a generative and strategic focus. Participation by video link is an option when kanohi ki te kanohi is not possible.
Board members are expected to actively participate in discussion and decision-making processes. This means reviewing papers in advance, asking appropriate questions and thinking strategically about our goals, future opportunities and the changing environment around both the organisation and the national movement we’re supporting.
From time to time there may also be matters the Board wishes to discuss and progress by email, but most of the Board’s effort is focused around quarterly meetings.
Please download the full job description, including supporting documentation here.
This includes the IC Board Charter, including Code of Conduct and board member expectations (pages 4-8), and the IC Strategic Statement (pages 8-10).
For IC Audited Accounts, please see the Charities Register.
For more about Inspiring Communities’ work, see the IC website and the Powerdigm website.