It was a fantastic first year working with our schools, funders and community to get the I Have a Dream initiative off the ground in Whangarei. As you will see in our annual report, we are firmly underway, and excited about the journey ahead.
Foundation North working with I Have A Dream as a Key Community Partner
Foundation North have announced their commitment to the next step for I Have A Dream and confirmed they will be granting us $750,000 over the next 3 years which means we can confirm we will be launching our Ngatahi Education Initiative next year with 600 Northland students facing material hardship.
A huge thank you to Foundation North for believing in what we are trying to achieve and giving us the support we need to build a long-term partnership between students, families, schools and community to ensure life success.
Inspiring dreams, enabling futures
The MediaWorks Foundation will work together with I Have a Dream Charitable Trust to develop a one-year partnership plan that includes a national campaign for our new Ngātahi Education Initiative with a call-to-action through a spot on the Mediaworks fundraising calendar. The campaign will inform and influence New Zealanders; raise mass awareness and funds for specific issues and initiatives; and will result in significant measurable impact.
About the MediaWorks Foundation:
The MediaWorks Foundation partners with selected charitable organisations to develop strategies and projects that generate mass-awareness, measurable impact as well as donations from the public to support its key objectives.
To support these projects, the MediaWorks Foundation administers $2.5million of media value each year for national and community projects to be used for New Zealand-based projects that support its focus areas; improving life chances for disadvantaged children and youth, and preventing child, abuse, neglect and maltreatment.
To measurably improve the lives of New Zealanders.
Create significant positive impact for key issues in New Zealand by harnessing the power of our people and our brands.
The MediaWorks Foundation will achieve this through a combination of national and community initiatives with charity partners that operate within a framework.
The levels of community engagement achieved to date are confirming our decision in selecting Whangarei to launch our first roll out of the Ngatahi Education Initiative.
The proposed initiative has been met with a warm welcome into the Northland community of Whangarei as people see it meeting the needs of the Tikipunga and Otangarei communities where we'll be based, improving the educational outcomes for the children living there.
So far we have received nothing but praise at all levels of the community. From the Mayor and Whangarei District Council, the Ministry of Education, the northland MP's, through to the business sector with the Chamber of Commerce and Northland Inc, right down to grass roots level with some Iwi, the marae and the many community based organisations working on the ground who we hope to partner with. And of course we mustn't forget the Otangarei / Tikipunga schools who were the initial ones to respond so positively to our Request for Engagement that attracted us there in the first place. All have seen the social, educational and economic benefits that this intensive long-term investment will make into the community.
We cant wait to get started, but first we must overcome the goal of raising the funding required in order to be able to engage with the children and whanau.
If you can help us with raising the funds we need or put us in touch with people who could help, please get in contact with us here or make a donation on our I Have a Dream Charitable Trust Givealittle page.
The "I Have a Dream" Charitable Trust has set up a donor/bequest fund and established a Memorandum of Understanding with the Northland Foundation.
Northland Foundation manager Ros Martin has been a wealth of resource and support in helping get the Ngatahi Education Initiative established in the Whangarei community. Coincidentally we met her at a "Collective Impact" conference in 2014, which is one of the frameworks the Ngatahi Education Initiative models itself around. So to now be in a collective relationship with Northland Foundation and working collaboratively together to improve life outcomes for children in Whangarei is a great start along that journey.
Since our first presentation to the Northland Foundation Board, Ros has given us many introductions and leads that have fast-tracked us along. Walk into a café for a meeting with Ros, and you can guarantee that she'll bump into one of her contacts that "you just have to meet"!
Seeking to identify and meet the needs of the people in the geographic region it serves, the Northland Foundation encourages the spirit of giving as a means of improving the community and adding depth and further value to society. They offer a range of services which help donors become involved in community causes of their own choosing and because they put donors at the centre of the giving equation it enhances the charitable outcomes for the community.
If you are a Northland resident and interested in setting up a bequest in your will to help the Ngatahi Education Initiative then please get in contact with Ros through their website and have a chat. They can give you all the support you need www.northlandfoundation.org.nz
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