Board diversity and financial sustainability in charities: a Malaysian perspective

Cheuk, Sharon and Nichol, Esmie Obrin and Tinggi, Michael and Daw, Tin Hla (2017) Board diversity and financial sustainability in charities: a Malaysian perspective. International Journal of Business and Society. ISSN 1511-6670

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Charity failure has been a problem that has been plaguing developed countries and developing alike. In Malaysia, it has been reported that charities faced difficulties in raising donations due to the difficult economic climate. Past research has provided some evidence on the role of board diversity on the financial performance of for-profit organizations. This study examines the impact of board diversity in improving charity financial sustainability. A sample of 211 active charities (companies limited by guarantee) in 2016 was selected. Data on board diversity (age, gender, race and tenure) as well as financial sustainability were obtained and binary logistic regression via XLSTAT was performed. The findings suggested that director tenure diversity significantly predicts financial sustainability of charities. Age, race and ethnic diversity were found to be not significant. The implications of the study’s findings mean that charities in general should embark upon regular new director appointments, in order to maintain a fresh outlook and to bring in new infusion of skills at the strategic and operational levels.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Financial sustainability, Board diversity, Charities, Malaysia, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5601 Accounting
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Economics and Business
Faculties, Institutes, Centres > Faculty of Economics and Business
Depositing User: Choy Sheung
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2018 06:37
Last Modified: 03 Jan 2018 06:37

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