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Understanding community needs

Vital Signs 2018

Vital Signs 2018 was officially launched on 20 February.  This report is a research tool that is used to understand a community's perceptions of the place where they live. Following on from Acorn’s first Vital Signs report in 2015, the 2018 effort was expanded to cover the wider Bay of Plenty region, with separate reports prepared for the following areas:

  • Tauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty for the Acorn Foundation
  • Rotorua and Taupo for the Geyser Community Foundation
  • Eastern Bay of Plenty for the Eastern Bay Community Foundation

Why was Vital Signs® chosen for the Acorn Foundation?
The Acorn Foundation is 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.  Several years ago, we started to look 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® is now a global programme led by Community Foundations of Canada. More than 85 communities in Canada, New Zealand and around the world are implementing Vital Signs® to ensure greater local impact through the utilisation of community knowledge.

Results of the research - click on the image below for access to the full report

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The Acorn Foundation thanks TECT, Tauranga City Council, Western Bay of Plenty District Council, Bay of Plenty Regional Council and BayTrust for their invaluable support of the 2018 Vital Signs research project.