Not for Profits in the Community

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission has just released the Australian Charities Report 2016, featuring the annual reporting data from more than 52,000 registered charities.

“This report attests to the diversity of Australia’s charities, and their significant social, economic and cultural contribution to Australia and overseas. It profiles 52,166 charities in 51,378 records, including for the first time 711 charities that report to the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC).”

Some interesting facts from the report are:
• Charities had a combined total revenue of over $142.8 billion (50% from sources including sales, member fees and user pays services; 43% from government grants; and the remaining 7% from donations and bequests.
• Donations and bequests were received by 70% of charities.
• Charities have assets of $197.6 billion.
• Charities spent $137.1 billion pursuing their charitable purpose.
• Small charities (revenue of $250,000 or less) make up the bulk of the sector at 67%.
• 1.3 million people, or 10.6% of Australia's workforce, are employed by the charity sector.
• Most charities operate in just one state, and 39.7% (or 20,644) of all charities operate in NSW.
• 67% of charities are based in major cities, 30% in regional areas and 3% in rural or remote areas.
• Charities reported 2.9 million volunteers.
• 1 in 2 charities operate with no paid staff.

The report concludes by saying: “This report has provided the most comprehensive record to date of Australia’s charity sector. Since the first Australian Charities Report as produced using the 2013 Annual Information Statements, data quality has improved significantly, because of improved reporting rates, timeliness and coverage.

“As a result, this report contains information for the largest group of charities, adding an unprecedented depth of knowledge about charities’ characteristics and the ways they pursue their purposes. The report shows that Australia’s charities are complex and diverse, and attests to their rich social, economic and cultural contributions in Australia and internationally.”