The Characteristics of 'Equity' in NPOs
Feedback suggests that the majority of Non-profit Organisations do not issue equity instruments (eg shares) and therefore do not have holders of equity claims.
In the absence of owners’ equity, the net assets (residual interest) are held in trust for those that benefit from the NPO’s mission. However, in the rare cases where an NPO does have equity instruments, it is less clear what the holders of equity claims are actually entitled to, and whether they have any rights to the net assets of the NPO.
Purpose of survey
Please take this survey only if you are aware of a specific NPO or NPOs that do have some type of equity. The purpose of this survey is to gather factual information about transactions that NPOs consider to be equity claims.
Below are a series of questions that are intended to help identify the characteristics of equity claims and their potential use in the NPO sector.