Earth+ NfP Programme

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Ready your not-for-profit for the future

  • Do you want to know how you can simply and effectively measure and reduce your organisation’s emissions?
  • Do you want to be better prepared for dealing with the effects of climate change?
  • Are you thinking about how small steps today can make a big difference to Aotearoa’s future?

In partnership with Rātā Foundation we are offering a free programme to support community organisations with the know-how and tools to start their climate journey.

About the programme:

You will access support to take some simple, effective steps on your organisation’s resilience and climate journey – all at your own pace.

It begins with a 1.5 day workshop to kick things off. By the end of the workshop, you’ll have:

  • An understanding of resilience and climate change as it relates to your organisation’s context.
  • Explored how to go about developing a climate/environmental policy statement and resilience plan for your organisation.
  • A snapshot of your carbon footprint and access to Cogo, an easy-to-use tool to measure your progress on emissions reduction.
  • Clear, actionable next steps on your resilience and climate journey and free-to-use practical tools and templates.

We know that every organisation’s journey is different, so we have also planned for one-on-one expert support, that you can access when you need it until the end of 2025. This includes:

  • Access to a dedicated online community where you can connect with the Terra Nova team, other Rātā grantees and specialised partners. Ask questions, access resources and share your journey.
  • Support to measure your impact using a tool that will help communicate progress and results.

Sign-up Information

Workshop Dates 2024:

22nd – 23rd May, central Ōtautahi Christchurch
12 – 13th June, central Ōtautahi Christchurch
3rd – 4th July, central Ōtautahi Christchurch
31st July – 1st August, central Ōtautahi Christchurch
28th – 29th August, central Ōtautahi Christchurch
18 – 19th September, central Ōtautahi Christchurch

Workshops for Whakatū, Te tai o Aorere, | Nelson, Tasman tbc – please register interest.

Cost: Free, but you will need a laptop and access to your organisation’s Xero (or Kiwibank) account.

Registration: Express interest in participating here and the team at Terra Nova will be in touch to confirm and share further details.


Who is the programme for?

The programme is for non-profit organisations.

Why has Rātā Foundation funded this project?

Community organisations have told Rātā they want to do their bit to contribute to reducing the impacts of climate change. However, it’s not always easy to know where to start. Rātā Foundation is also on this journey, and want to walk alongside organisations as they navigate taking the first step. Rātā has partnered with Terra Nova to support organisations to build the knowledge and skills to start their climate action journey.

Is there any cost for participants?

There is no cost to take part in the programme. After the workshop it is up to each organisation to determine how much mahi it will do. Ongoing support through the online community is free until the end of 2025.

What are the aims of the programme?

The programme has been designed to provide you with effective, flexible support to build your organisation’s capability to improve your resilience to climate change impacts and take action to reduce your emissions. There’s no time like the present to get started on your climate journey.

What are the benefits to my organisation?

Through the programme, you will be supported to:

  • Reduce your carbon emissions
  • Increase your preparedness for climatic change (and related change)
  • Undertake and/or align with environmental action in your local area
  • Implement a measurement tool to show your progress
  • Will this commit our organisation to taking climate action? 

The programme’s intent is to grow the sector’s capability to respond to climate change. The programme is flexible in nature, meaning that once you have attended the initial workshop you can, at your own pace, access tools and templates, individualised support from experts and an online community of organisations that have also embarked on a journey towards resilience and reduced emissions.

Who from my organisation should attend?

We suggest two to three attendees from organisations attend. To make the most of the workshop we suggest a member of the leadership team take part, and if you have a team member who has – or may have – responsibilities for your organisation’s climate commitment, it would be beneficial if they attend.

The session focusing on carbon measurement requires familiarity with, and access to, your organisation’s Xero (or Kiwibank) account, which may require an additional team member attending for that session.

Do I have to report on my progress to Rātā if I join the programme?

No, there is no obligation to report back to Rātā on your participation.

Will Rātā consider our emissions when we apply for future funding from them?

No, this programme is independent of any current or future funding applications you have with Rātā.

Do I have to report on my progress to Terra Nova if I join the programme?

No, though Terra Nova Foundation is always happy to receive your feedback and to hear about your successes along the way. We encourage you to share with others the actions you are taking to reduce your carbon footprint so that others can benefit from your leadership and shared knowledge. We find that participants in the programme want to share as they make a difference quickly.

What time commitment is required if we join?

The initial time commitment is 1.5 days for the workshop. Following the workshop, you are free to set your own pace and access the support available through the community as and when necessary.

Why use Cogo as the tool to measure progress on emissions reduction?

Cogo is a company born in Aotearoa NZ and working with some of the biggest banks in the world and is an international award winning organisation. Their app is simple to use and focuses on empowering individuals and businesses both to measure and to take action to reduce their carbon.

How will my data be managed?

Each organisation will manage their own data within the Cogo tool to ensure confidentiality. The overall emissions reduction of participating organisations will be measurable through anonymised collective data.

Do I need to bring a laptop or other device?

Yes. The Cogo application is cloud-based. It is a good idea to bring a device so you can make the most of this session.

Still have questions? Get in touch with us here.

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