CCA pre-election CCA member survey results - June 2016

Introduction

It is important to note at the outset that this pre-election survey of CCA members does not represent the views of all CCA members. However, it is a snapshot of opinions from more than 20 significant charities in Australia. CCA believes it is useful in providing a perspective and a starting point for discussions about views across the whole charities and not-for-profit sector. We need to have more honest discussions in our sector about who we support and why, or our issues will not be taken seriously.

Methodology

The survey was developed in consultation with the CCA Board, written up and posted in SurveyMonkey. All CCA members were invited by email and in on-line publications to complete the survey within 7 days.

Response

Over 20 organisations completed the survey representing a broad cross section of CCA members.

Findings

The results are listed under each question below. Percentages have been rounded to the nearest 5%.

1. The major political parties should have policies that are specifically developed to support a stronger charities and not-for-profit sector including protecting the right of charities and not-for-profits to advocate on behalf of the communities they serve.

Strongly Agree

Agree

Neutral

Disagree

Strongly Disagree

95%

5%

 

 

 

2. The problems with short term contracts, uncertainty, and the ceasing of government funding at short notice must be part of the policy agenda of major parties.

Strongly Agree

Agree

Neutral

Disagree

Strongly Disagree

100%

 

 

 

 

3. The problems with multiple fundraising regulations, increasing compliance requirements, red tape and duplication must be part of the agenda of major parties.

Strongly Agree

Agree

Neutral

Disagree

Strongly Disagree

80%

15%

5%

 

 

4. Each major political party should identify a Minister who will accept responsibility for the relationship between the government and NFPs, including regulations and compliance.

Strongly Agree

Agree

Neutral

Disagree

Strongly Disagree

60%

25%

10%

5%

 

5. Political parties should clearly outline how they will support an increase in philanthropy, workplace giving, and volunteerism in Australia.

Strongly Agree

Agree

Neutral

Disagree

Strongly Disagree

60%

35%

5%

 

 

6. Political parties should commit to making DGR status more closely linked to charitable status.

Strongly Agree

Agree

Neutral

Disagree

Strongly Disagree

60%

35%

5%

 

 

7. All political parties should support the development of a national forward plan to identify risks, opportunities and ways to strengthen the NFP sector in the future.

Strongly Agree

Agree

Neutral

Disagree

Strongly Disagree

55%

45%

 

 

 

8. If anything, the ALP seem more committed to supporting a stronger NFP sector.

Strongly Agree

Agree

Neutral

Disagree

Strongly Disagree

15%

50%

30%

5%

 

9. If anything, the Coalition (LNP) seem more committed to supporting a stronger NFP sector.

Strongly Agree

Agree

Neutral

Disagree

Strongly Disagree

 

10%

40%

25%

25%

10. If anything, the Greens seem more committed to supporting a stronger NFP sector.

Strongly Agree

Agree

Neutral

Disagree

Strongly Disagree

25%

30%

45%

 

 

 

Conclusion

The charities and not-for-profit sector feels very strongly about the need to strengthen the sector, protect the right of charities to advocate, and achieve greater certainty across the sector. This survey confirms these views with over 95% of respondents supporting clear statements about these issues.

Reducing compliance costs is another major issue with 80% of respondents strongly agreeing that reducing red tape and duplication should be a priority for government. Again this is consistent with other survey findings.

The majority of respondents in this survey also strongly supported the need for:

  • a Minister accepting responsibility for the relationship between government and the not-for-profit sector;
  • policies to support an increase in philanthropy, workplace giving and volunteerism;
  • better linking DGR status to charitable status;
  • supporting the development of a national plan for the sector.

When it comes to deciding which political party would best deliver these priorities for the sector, there was quite a spread of opinion, but generally the Greens and the ALP were favoured over the Coalition, with many respondents also indicating they were unsure which party would be best for the sector.

This survey is a fairly limited snapshot of opinions, but the findings confirm that there are significant issues all political parties might consider addressing if they are to attract the support of the not-for-profit sector.