The Acorn Foundation is delighted to have undertaken the first ever Vital Signs® research project in the Western Bay of Plenty region. It is an excellent example of collaboration and cooperation between local funders and Councils.
Why Vital Signs® for the Acorn Foundation? The Acorn Foundation has become acutely aware of the responsibility entrusted to us by our donors to ensure that our grants are addressing key issues in this community. As Acorn grows, these grants will only get bigger and we believe it is essential to have some quantifiable research to justify how we make grants in the years ahead. So we looked at what other Community Foundations were doing internationally.
Background of Vital Signs®in Canada When the Toronto Community Foundation first started Toronto’s Vital Signs Report in 2001, the goal was to help the Foundation understand needs and opportunities in Toronto and to make informed choices about its grant making and programming. Since then however, Vital Signs has moved steadily from the edge of the Foundation’s work toward its core.
Vital Signs®has also been adapted by 35 other community foundations across Canada and 14 communities internationally across four continents.
The next Western BOP Vital Signs® research will commence in late 2017, and results will be available in early 2018.
Results of the Research Click on the image above for the full report.
Acorn thanks Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust, Tauranga City Council, Western Bay of Plenty District Council, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Legacy Trust, BayTrust and the Hood Family Trust for their support for this project.