Funding and Hosting
CCANZ became a project of the Royal Society of New Zealand when its original host, the Council for the Humanities, merged with RSNZ in 2010. This merger coincided with CCANZ receiving funding from central government, which allowed first Jane and then myself – along with the generous voluntary support of the Advisory Panel and the CCANZ community – to steadily grow the project in New Zealand. RSNZ has been a great, stable host during this period.
With the latest budget, CCANZ will have two further years of government funding, albeit at a reduced rate. The reduction in funding will make it difficult for CCANZ to remain at RSNZ, an organisation which, like other organisations that manage government contracts, has a standard overhead charge for all its projects.
To maintain our current capacity, it has become necessary to consider alternative hosts. While there are several organisations that CCANZ would be happy to work with, the Open Educational Resources Foundation has generously offered to host CCANZ, with no overhead charge. The OER Foundation has been a firm supporter of CCANZ for many years, and would obviously be an excellent fit.
If this went forward, CCANZ would remain based in Wellington, with the OER Foundation acting as employer to CCANZ employees and affiliate host with CCHQ. Funding for CCANZ would also travel through the OER Foundation.
You can learn more about the OER Foundation here: http://wikieducator.org/OERF:Home
Thoughts and feedback welcome.