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Struggling not-for-profits a concern

A PRICE Waterhouse Coopers survey of not-for-profits shows they are struggling to cope with increasing demand and feel negatively about the future.

 This is concerning with governments often relying on these organisations to help deliver vital services.

 While Queensland and South Australia had minor confidence levels, all other states and territories had a gloomy outlook for the future, according to the PwC report.

 PwC’s Mark Reading said not-for-profits were being relied upon to provide more services around Australia.

 Centre for Social Impact CEO Dr. Andrew Young said governments were increasingly working with Australia’s not-for-profits to deliver services to society.

“Many of these organisations are working with some of the most vulnerable people in our community,” Dr Young said.

“In spite of the significant funding reforms in Disability and Education, and in spite of the relative strength of our economy by international standards, the sector is unconfident about its future. We need to plan for the sector’s future now if we are to deal with the challenges of the coming decades.” This is a real concern for the Tasmanian public who rely on these organisations for a range of services.

The PwC CSI Community Index saw 362 not-for-profit CEOs surveyed.

The development and housing industry sector had the lowest confidence and the gloomiest outlook, with the industry expecting to be impacted by government funding cuts.

Both the social services and law and advocacy sectors are also concerned about their ability to meet demand.

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