Non-profit vulnerability: An exploratory study

Rong Linda Zhai, John Watson, David Gilchrist, Rick Newby

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This mixed-method study explores the symptoms and potential causes of non-profit vulnerability within the Australian context. Following two focus groups with CEOs and Chairs of non-profit organizations, an online survey was developed, pilot tested and distributed to non-profit CEOs. Our findings suggest three symptoms that might be particularly useful in identifying non-profit vulnerability: a substantial increase in unit costs/delivery hours; a substantial increase in the proportion of administration to program expenses; and a reduced ability to pursue the organization's mission. The results also suggest various potential causes of non-profit vulnerability; in particular, Board inadequacies; External environmental threats; Project management issues; and Funding constraints.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)373-390
Number of pages18
JournalFinancial Accountability and Management
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2017


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