Characteristics of successful government/non-profit relations in Queensland, Australia

Ryan, Neal F., Furneaux, Craig W., & Lewis, Dianne S. (2006) Characteristics of successful government/non-profit relations in Queensland, Australia. In Tenth International Research Symposium on Public Management (IRSPM X), 10 - 12 April 2006, Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland. (Unpublished)


Non-profit organisations are major providers of services in many fields and often receive financial support from government. This paper investigates a number of different forms of government/non-profit relationships, with the viewpoint being mainly, though not exclusively, from the perspective of the non-profit agencies. Research methods included collecting primary data from peak agencies, service providers and government staff; and gathering secondary data from government and the agencies connected with the specific funding programs. Two programs were selected for further examination and became case studies in order to identify the elements of what makes a successful funding program.

Three typologies of government/non-profit relations were identified as relevant. An analysis of the models shows that, while they provide an excellent springboard for the process of typifying government/non-profit relationships, there are inconsistencies when the models are compared with one another. In particular, none of the models allows for a comparison of relationships across a number of variables such as those of values, power and objectives. In view of this, a new model is proposed and explained, which builds on previous models and provides a means for the advancement of government/non-profit relationships. The model may prove useful in analysing the current condition of relationships between non-profit agencies and government departments.

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ID Code: 4629
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
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Keywords: government nonprofit relationships, nonprofit funding, public policy
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Public Policy (160510)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Business and Management not elsewhere classified (150399)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 04 Jul 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2011 13:27

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