Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Fundraising Institute of Australia survey on coping with downturn

I know, there are a ton of surveys out there - this one is from the FIA. They say it is the only one in Australia that will that will 'capture how charities and nonprofit organisations are coping with the economic downturn.'

It is pretty thorough and will make interesting reading as it asks for what you have experienced as well as what you are anticipating.

Australian charities, complete the survey here.

The Blurb from the FIA:

Managing the Downturn

FIA would like to invite you to participate in a survey FIA is running in partnership with PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Centre for Social Impact to assess the effect of the economic downturn on Australian charities and nonprofit organisations. It is the only comprehensive research in Australia that will capture how charities and nonprofit organisations are coping with the economic downturn.

A similar survey was run in the UK in November 2008 and this has been useful in informing the decisions policy makers and charities must make to ensure their organisation and nonprofit sector is buffered from the economic downturn if income streams dry up and the demand for services rises. In Australia, early indications are that charities are anticipating a drop in their donations and have begun to reduce the number of services offered.

The survey will close on Monday 4 May 2009. Click here for the survey.

Who should complete this survey?
This survey should be completed if your charity or nonprofit organisation provides services to the community (arts, human rights, advocacy, welfare, health, family etc) and is predominantly funded by donations, grants or government funding.

This survey should be completed by a senior member of staff who is overseeing and managing all fundraising projects or the CEO. To ensure the results from this survey are accurate, please ensure this survey is only completed once by your organisation by forwarding this link to the most appropriate person in your organisation.

Please feel free to distribute this survey to your colleagues or other interested parties.

What do I need to complete this survey?
Managing the Downturn survey will be assessing the projected increases and decreases in fundraising and other income streams. You may find it useful to have your most recent annual report on hand.

How long will the survey take to complete?
This survey should take approximately 20 minutes to complete. As a participant, your organisation will receive a copy of the report.

When will the report be released?
The report will be released in mid-June 2009.

Please contact Marianne Ramsay, Policy Assistant at mramsay@fia.org.au for more information.

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