Vital Signs Research Project

Vital Signs Research Project

2013/2014 Grant Recipients


The Acorn Foundation is extremely grateful for the support of the Toi Toi Foundation, with their donation towards the Vital Signs research project. I love this quote: “It is inspiring to see the growing awareness that indeed, if you want to go far, you have to go together.” - Garfield Foundation.

Vital Signs® is an initiative aimed at measuring the vitality of a region; identifying trends, strengths, and areas for improvement. Residents choose grades for 12 key areas, and statistics on elements of those 12 areas are brought together to build a picture of life in the Western Bay of Plenty sub-region. 

Connecting people who care with causes that matter was the impetus for the Acorn Foundation to publish this first Vital Signs® report. Information and knowledge are at the heart of our ability to work with donors to make an impact. Vital Signs® is a tool developed by Community Foundations in Canada to identify issues in the community. We believe Vital Signs® will be widely used by our donors, councils, and by charitable organisations working in our community – making the Acorn Foundation a key resource for vital information.

Research in a reader-friendly format is the root of Vital Signs®. As a catalyst for networking, Vital Signs® has been very successful overseas in initiating and fuelling important conversations about our quality of life. 

Nicky Wilkins

General Manager, Acorn Foundation

You can read the Vital Signs report here.

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