Here are some useful resources and websites.  We’d love to hear your recommendations too.

Financial reporting and standards

Get help and support with the reporting standards for charities that came into effect on 1 April 2015.

Charities Services (DIA) – new reporting standards

Guidance prepared by the Chartered Accountants Aotearoa NZ  (CAANZ) about how to meet reporting standards for charities.

Reporting Standards

Training and professional development

Good Governance Code: Created by Community Governance Aotearoa Trust – a guide to good governance for not-for-profit organisations.

Getting your governance right means you will be best placed to achieve the ambitions of
your organisation and serve your community. You will have capable, diverse, and engaged
board members who can access the code to help our community sector govern well.

Watch these short videos from the ‘Chairing the Board‘ series.

Exult provides training for fundraising, governance, marketing, volunteering and management, and supports the community sector in other ways.


Volunteer Wellington provides professional development workshops on topics of interest to community groups.

Volunteer Wellington

Evaluation and strategic planning

‘What Works’ is a website that brings together tools, resources, case studies and other methods to help you gather good evidence about the value of the work your group is doing. This data can be used in funding applications and future planning.

What Works

NZ Navigator is an online self-assessment tool which helps identify your organisation’s strengths and weaknesses. This is a great way to set up a collaborative online assessment for your members, volunteers or trust.

NZ Navigator

Marketing and publicity

The Community Comms Collective is a Wellington-based group of experienced communications professionals who want to give back to their community. You can request volunteer help or use the resources on their website to give your comms a boost.

The Community Comms Collective


Techsoup provides technology advice and products for not-for-profits.



CommunityNet Aotearoa is run by the Department of Internal Affairs. It’s an online hub of resources designed to strengthen communities through governance and leadership, evaluation and improving relationships.

CommunityNet Aotearoa

Naturespace is a website for groups, individuals and landowners undertaking ecological restoration. It offers events, noticeboards, news and more.