Our Community regularly runs a membership poll to take the pulse of the not-for-profit sector on a range of topics.
We asked not-for-profits how they measure their impact.
Which statement comes closest to describing how your organisation measures its effectiveness in achieving its mission?
a) We keep doing what we've always done, and it seems to be working.
b) Once a year, we count how many clients/members we've served/recruited, and we report on our bank balance.
c) We regularly measure our impact through surveys/counts/focus groups/investigations/special reports, and we compare the results with the KPIs in our strategic plan and business plan.
We asked not-for-profits what they thought of the Abbott Government's plan to replace the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) with a Civil Society National Centre For Excellence.The federal government plans to abolish the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC), which regulated the sector, and establish in its place the Civil Society National Centre for Excellence, which won't be a regulator at all. How much need do you see for a Civil Society National Centre for Excellence?
We asked not-for-profits about their interactions with governments at all levels. A summary of the results appears in the three images below. More information will be released on this poll soon.
Anecdotal evidence suggests that more and more not-for-profits are coming under pressure to merge. We asked our members what their experience had been.
Funding insecurity appears to be a growing issue in the Australian not-for-profit sector. We wanted to know how many groups were affected. We asked:
Are you worried about funding losses as a result of Federal Government budget cuts?
And has your funding already been reduced as a result of Federal Government budget cuts?
The new Abbott Government has signaled its intention to dismantle the newly formed Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC), in line with its policy position outlined before the September election. What do you think about the Federal Government's plans to cut the Australian Charities & Not-for-profits Commission?
Should there be separate incorporation and fundraising rules in every state, or would you prefer one Australia-wide model?
In his speech at the 2012 Communities in Control Conference, Dr James Whelan told us that ready or not, the UK's "Big Society" may well be heading Australia's way. What do you think about "Big Society"?
A not-for-profit leader in the UK is calling for more not-for-profit representation on corporate boards. What do you think of that proposal?
Do you use social media? If so, which ones do you use?
What do you think about the Federal Government's decision to fund a payrise for community sector workers to the tune of $2 billion?
Why do you work in the community sector?
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