Purchase-of-service contracting with voluntary organisations for social services in Aotearoa New Zealand is examined, in the context of international trends and as a part of the long run historical evolution of funding ‘technologies’. Gaps between the promise and the reality of contracting are examined, including some inherent contradictions. It is argued that it is even more crucial under a contracting regime for voluntary organisations to have a sharp appreciation of ‘what makes a voluntary organisation’ in general, and of their own vision, mission and values in particular – to resist pressures to remake voluntary organisations in [another’s] image’. This leads to the identification of a number of possible strategies for coping with the ‘bear hug’ of government funding, especially under themes of: accountability and stewardship; choice and responsiveness; and, planning and coordination.


Creator | Kaihanga
Garth Nowland-Foreman
Year of Creation | Tau
Publisher | Kaiwhakaputa
Third Sector Review
Creative Commons Licence
Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives CC BY-NC-ND
Keywords | Kupu
Voluntary, not for profit, NGO, organisation, sector, civil society, government, funding, purchase of service, contracting, accountability, stewardship, choice, responsiveness, planning, coordination.
Main Language | Reo Matua
Submitter's Rights | Nga Tika o te Kaituku
I am the author / creator of this resource
This Research has
been peer reviewed by academics at a university
Bibliographic Citation | Whakapuakanga

Nowland-Foreman, G., (1997). “Can Voluntary Organisations Survive the Bear Hug of Government Funding Under a Contracting Regime? – A View from Aotearoa New Zealand” in Third Sector Review, Vol.3, No.1, 3-39.

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