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Have your say: ComVoices State of the Sector Survey 2018

comvoices-blue-logo-may-2017ComVoices biennial survey on the state of the community and voluntary sector in New Zealand is now open. First run in 2014 and then again in 2016, the survey has become a key source of information about the wellbeing of community organisations working across a broad range of community issues and interests.

Previous reports show the sector is under increasing strain with reducing or static funding, increasing complexity of client and community issues, and challenges managing the impact of increasing compliance and contracting expectations. Nicola Sutton, chair of ComVoices said, “We are keen to see what has changed in the past two years. How are community organisations faring and what might that mean for the people of New Zealand?”

 The reports from the first two surveys were widely used by sector organisations and ComVoices to talk to members of parliament and government agencies. Sutton says that ComVoices is dependent on the sector providing the data and so encourages community organisations of all shapes and sizes to complete the survey. “We need data from local groups run by volunteers and local fundraising just as much as we need data from larger organisations with paid staff and government contracts,” says Sutton. The 2018 ‘State of the Sector’ report, due to be published early 2019, will include comparative data from earlier surveys and a commentary on current issues and trends facing the sector.

The survey, which takes around ten minutes to complete, closes on 19 November 2018. Please click this Survey Monkey link to complete it for your organisation

You can help ComVoices gather good data by sharing the link and encouraging other organisations in your region to get on board.

ComVoices is a network of national umbrella organisations and NGOs. The members work together to advocate for community organisations by keeping government and others informed about key issues and by providing a combined voice across the broader community and voluntary sector.

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