This is the tenth year of the AICD NFP Governance and Performance Study. This is the world's largest longitudinal study of governance and has been undertaken by BaxterLawley for the last eight years.
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.
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 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.
The 2013 study directly examined the notion that governance in the NFP sector was of a lower standard than that in the For profit sector and concluded that standards vary across both sectors - with high and low quality governance evident in both. This study also examined in detail the issues effecting the governance of Disabilty Service providers and Sports organisations.
The 2014 NFP Governance and Performance study included eight focus group discussions with senior directors and a survey which attracted over 3,000 respondents.
This is the largest study of NFP governance and sector issues in Australia, attracting responses from around 3,000 NFP directors The 2015 Study included a special investigation of mergers and a specific focus on the Arts and Culture Sector and Federated organisations.