We were appointed to examine the financial and operational feasibility of establishing a fund for artists with disability to enable greater access to the profession.
In 2017 BaxterLawley was commissioned by the Independent Centre for Not-for-Profit Research (ICANR) to examine planning process issues associated with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), and identify alternative methods for developing plans for improving outcomes for NDIS stakeholders .
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.
In May 2016 Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand started a research programme to collect and compile information on the contribution of members to the Not-for-profit (NFP) and charitable sector.
Working with Curtin University and National Disability Services, BaxterLawley advisors designed and delivered a program to support disability service organisations better understand their businesses and transition to operating under the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
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.
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.
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, working with Curtin University, produced a landscape report on the Western Australian community sector, covering its size, diversity, sustainability, and economic and social significance. It is the first report of its kind in WA to provide an overview of charities and their role in the community and economy.