Exactly one quarter of New Zealand’s registered charities received income from central or local government in 2012 (that’s 5,283 out of 21,096 registered charities which filed a 2012 return with the charity regulator). Income from government made up 38% of total gross income for the registered charitable sector in that year ($5.9 billion out of a total of $15.6 billion). Who were those charities and are there lessons for future grant and government contract payment applicants in 2014?
Setting aside the universities, which are discussed in section 4 below, over the four years from 2009 to 2012 the most successful charities to consistently obtain the most government funding are shown below (total government funding over the four-year period is also listed):
The figures highlighted in blue for Victoria University and AUT have been extracted from public annual reports for comparative purposes. Because these two universities were not registered charities in these years, their financial information is not on the charities register.
7. Accounting matters