This was the third and final report of the evaluation of the impact of this initiative. It provided insight into the impact of the reforms and made recommendations for government and sector response.
BaxterLawley undertook an evaluation of the current governance structures and processes for this $50m aged care provider, identified key risks and provided clear recommendations for improvement. All recommendations were subsequently implemented by the board.
For the fifth year, BaxterLawley has undertaken the NFP Governance and Performance Study with the Australian Institute of Company Directors. This research is sponsored by the Commonwealth Bank and is the largest study of governance in Australia. The 2016 study reveals, for the first time, the profit margins and targets of NFPs, and challenges director's expectations of financial performance. We also examine performance measurement and the relationship between the NFP sector and governments. The report was launched in Sydney by Susan Pascoe AM, Commissioner, Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.
BaxterLawley working with Curtin University produced the first report from data harvested from the Annual Information Statements of 38,000+ charities. This landmark report has been widely cited in the academic and grey literature.
In partnership with the Independent Centre of Applied Not-for-profit Research and Anglicare Australia, in June 2017 BaxterLawley produced a report that identifies key issues facing Australian NFPs in relation to financial reporting, in the context of the national discussion on on Australian Accounting Standards and their impact on the sector.
Over the last eight years, the AICD’s NFP Governance and Performance Study has challenged perceptions about the standard of governance across the sector. The research has shown that despite the manifold challenges involved in NFP governance – in achieving mission success with limited funding and facing a complex operational environment – NFP boards have performed with distinction, belying any belief that governance is lagging the for-proft sector.
The CEO and board of this human services organisation needed a new KPI and performance monitoring framework. We worked in collaboration with staff to build the system bottom-up, ensuring full staff engagement and motivation to achieve the new targets. This project resulted in over $500,000 in savings within 6 months.
This innovative e-learning resource was developed by BaxterLawley for NDS on the topic of COLLABORATIONS AND STRATEGIC RESTRUCTURING FOR NOT-FOR-PROFITS (course videos available here). The course provides a step-by-step framework for determining whether organisations should be collaborating or undertaking a major restructure, such as a merger with another organisation, and how that might best be undertaken. Presented by Penny Knight, David Gilchrist and Scott Bywaters of Baxter Lawley, the series combines the best of existing knowledge and theory on collaborations and strategic restructuring, presenting the material in a succinct format that is quick and easy to understand. It also provides a body…
Working with Curtin University and National Disability Services, BaxterLawley undertook a first-of-its-kind study on the financial sustainability of the non-government disabilities sector in Australia. This first report in the series baselines the financial position of 180 disability services providers for the 2014-15 financial year prior to the start of the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme.