November 01, 2023
Iwi and charities stepping up for tough needs
A report into charitable trusts has found community groups, iwi and Māori and Pasifika trusts are much better at providing for people with difficult lives and complex needs than big Government agencies.
ImpactLab, a family company of former Prime Minister Sir Bill English, and wealth management company Jarden looked at more than 100 programmes involving $178 million in charitable donations.
It found three quarters of their money went to supporting about 13 percent of the individuals they deal with.
Sir Bill says these are people whose needs go beyond the commodity services provided by government agencies.
“There a big group of young offenders in our community, a few thousand across the country; kids who don’t really live anywhere, don’t go to school, don’t get a benefit; the homeless pregnant mother; people with chronic illness in and out of the justice system – this report helps shine a light on the needs of those people and shows the charities are actually doing a reasonable job of meeting their needs” he says.