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The Foundations of a Well-Run Not-For-Profit Survey 2017


The Australian not-for-profit sector is significant, diverse and continually adapting to change driven by community need, the economy and government. Change comes from both sides, in terms of the demand for services and from suppliers of financial and human capital.

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) estimates there are almost 60,000 registered charities in Australia offering a broad range of services. Estimates range regarding how many people are employed in the sector but the generally accepted figure is over 1 million people. Good Foundations exists to assist not-for-profit organisations to be the most effective and well-run as they can be. To this end, every two years we survey the sector to learn how the sector defines ‘well-run’ and to delve deeper into specific aspects of being well-run. We do this so we can highlight the key issues and challenges, and attempt to shape conversations across the wider sector around the topics that matter.

This year, we revisited the survey topics to see if the sector had changed its views over the last two years and to take the opportunity to explore leadership, collaboration, governance and internal investment/capacity building