Governance key to NFPs managing nefarious risk

As the RAA ad says, trust is a must.

And so it is the country’s Not-For-Profit (NFP) sector which stands to be tarred, albeit unfairly, by a sweeping brush if it’s governance isn’t tightened up and moved towards best practice.

That’s the message I take from a recent report, the first of its kind in Australia, that found that good governance is the sector’s best ally if it’s to counter the risk of money laundering and terrorism financing.

Commissioned by our financial intelligence agency, AUSTRAC, and the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) and entitled ‘ Australia’s Non-Profit Organisation Sector: Money Laundering and Financing Risk Assessment’, the report does stress that the risk is ‘medium level’ and proven instances remain low so it’s both unwise and erroneous to be alarmist. Continue reading

Making sure NFP mergers meet expectation

There’s no doubt the not-for-profit (NFP) landscape in Australia is in the throes of perhaps its most significant change in decades, driven largely by the ongoing expansion of the National Disability Insurance Scheme  (NDIS).

And there’s no doubt that mergers are high on the list of board actions undertaken to, mostly, make the organisations more attractive to funders and more compliant with greater governance requirements.

But mergers – in the commercial world as much as in the NFP sector – bring their own challenges.

They’re seldom if ever a solution in themselves; rather they’re just one of a number of tools at our disposal, that we can call on and utilise to arrive at the solution.
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Getting antsy about ACNC governance standards

It looks like the ACNC may well survive. On 24 June the Senate moved a motion calling on the Government to withdraw the ACNC Repeal Bill. Many see this as good news.

The ACNC is widely applauded but, I have to say, I was disappointed in the set of governance standards realised by the ACNC last year.

That mildly crude old Australian expression of being as useful as a one-legged man in an arse kicking contest came to mind when I first saw the documented standards.

Now I’m not having a dig at the Commission, but…………

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