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Following are some useful links and documents pertaining to Not-for-Profit organisations:

"Impact - Australia - Investment for Social and Economic Benefit" by Rosemary Addis, John McLeod & Alan Raine - April, 2013

Impact investing has emerged against a backdrop of longer term global trends. It is already having a positive effect globally in catalysing new markets and encouraging entrepreneurship and innovation for the benefit of society. This report provides a foundation for understanding the Australian landscape of investing by drawing insights and experience from the field that highlight the challenges and opportunities ahead.

Click here to read the full report.

"Who's Asking for What? Fundraising and Leadership in Australian Nonprofits" by Wendy Scaife, Alexandra Williamson & Katie McDonald - April, 2013

The Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies (ACPNS) has recently conducted an exploratory study aimed at building an evidence base and sparking discussion around the area of Australian nonprofit funding. According to ACPNS, a shift is occurring in nonprofit funding, and as a result organisations are having to think differently and develop fresh skills to enter the fundraising market, as well as cope with rising competition for corporate and community support. This report explores their findings across the NFP sector.

Click here to read the full report.

Findings - "Skills for Stronger Communities" discussion - 15 October, 2010

Australian Scholarships Foundation and the Origin Foundation have announced the inaugural round of Origin Foundation Scholarships which will fund much needed capacity building - education, training and development - for the directors, staff and volunteers of NFP organisations. Origin Foundation will fund scholarships through ASF in the amount of $100,000 per year for two years. At an event held in Sydney in October to launch this initiative an esteemed panel discussed what is needed in the NFP sector and why. 

Panelists included: Robert Fitzgerald AM - Commissioner, Productivity Commission, Lincoln Hopper - A/Executive Leader Employment Solutions for Mission Australia, Sue Murray - CEO National Breast Cancer Foundation and Les Hems - Director of Research at the Centre for Social Impact.

Click here to read the findings of the discussion.

Productivity Commission Releases "Contribution of the Not-For-Profit Sector" Research Report - 11 February, 2010

The Commission was tasked by the Australian Government with measuring the contribution of the NFP sector. It was also asked to examine ways to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the sector, including in the delivery of government funded services. The changing nature of relationships between government, business and the NFP sector were also examined.

Finally, the Commission considered the issues related to the effect of tax concessions available to NFPs on philanthropy and competitive neutrality, with due regard to the current Review of Australia’s Future Tax System (RAFTS). Recommendations for changes were made based on the research.  

Click here to read the full report.

Productivity Commission Releases Draft Report - 14 October, 2009

There is a need for wide-ranging reforms and a reduction in compliance costs faced by the not-for-profit sector, according to a much anticipated draft research report release by the Australian Productivity Commission. ASF made a submission and is quoted in Section 10.26 of the report.

Click here to read the full report.

From the Australian Bureau of Statistics

ABS:  The latest statistics on Non-Profit Institutions in Australia, published September 2009. 

ABS Media Release:  Non-profit institutions contribute 4.1% to the Australian Economy, released 18/9/09.