Last year the study highlighted the many challenges and priorities facing the Australian NFP sector.
The online survey had close to 3,000 respondents and the key outcomes included:
- Financial sustainability remains the key issue
95 per cent believed that maintaining and building income was the top priority.
- Merger discussions happening
32 per cent of directors reported that their board had discussed a merger in the last 12 months, 7 per cent that they had completed a merger in 2015 and 7 percent that they were in the process of a merger.
- Collaboration was important with other NFPs
70 per cent of directors said that their organisation was collaborating with other NFPs to advocate for their sector or beneficiaries.
- Government relations need to be improved
On average, directors gave the Commonwealth Government a score of 4.6 out of 10 for understanding NFPs. 37 per cent believe that their NFP needed to focus more on responding to changes in government policy.