Not-for-Profit Update 5

Research shows that NFP organisations are lean, well run and highly professional

  • Recently released research reveals 89 per cent of community sector charities are running balanced or surplus budgets.
  • The sector has been on a journey over recent years embracing modern business practices.
  • NFP organisations have assembled high-quality boards, undertaken detailed planning exercises, headhunted credible CEOs and hired staff for their skills and experience (and paid them accordingly).

Source: ProBono Australia

NFP Board Observership Program Call for Applications

  • Established in Sydney in 2013, the program is now in its fourth year of operation. The Observership Program places people aged 25 to 40 on Not-for-Profit boards for a period of 12 months.
  • “Observers are selected via a competitive application process and matched with Not-for-Profit organisations for 12 months,” Observership Program CEO Cathy Robinson said.
  • The program was created as a valuable networking opportunity for observers to meet other like-minded young professionals on a similar path to involvement and leadership.

Source: ProBono Australia

Supportive leadership the key for improving mental health at work

  • According to the Safety Institute of Australia (SIA), the 'most powerful predictor' for wellbeing at work is supportive leadership.
  • The report found that that managers often don’t feel like they would know what to say if an employee was struggling – so they don’t say anything at all.
  • The report highlights a number of emerging trends in mental health conditions in the workplace. Organisations which are investing time, money and resources into initiatives aimed at creating a mentally healthy workplace are seeing results.

Source: Safety Institute of Australia

New Risks for Disability Care Workers Under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

  • While the number of care jobs is growing, cash-for-care systems such as the National Disability Insurance Scheme are changing the organisation and nature of care and support jobs, with significant risks for workers.
  • These changes mean service providers must adapt to provide more diverse and variable services, at a wider range of times over the day and week and in many more locations.
  • The individualisation of social support and care is bringing much needed opportunities for control, choice and participation for people with disability. However, there is an urgent need to consider how to ensure the protection of care workers in this new system and provide them with decent work in the future.

Source: ProBono Australia

For further Not-for-Profit insights, contact Michelle Young on 03 8613 3527