Author of The Cause Report 2017 looks at economic sustainability for the not-for-profit sector. There is generally little reward for successful social returns- just a reimbursement of costs. This makes it difficult to invest in improvement and innovation. The major sources of sector funding – Government and client fee for service – usually don’t contain large profit margins. This along with increasing organisation numbers means competition is high and pricing often under pressure. New trends including impact investment and a re-thinking of what assets are really needed for impact and sustainability, are offering new opportunities for the sector.