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Xavier Smerdon is a journalist specialising in the Not for Profit sector. He writes breaking and investigative news articles.


$1M in Grants for Inspirational Australians


Xavier Smerdon, Thursday, 7th April 2016 -  Australian Not for Profits are being asked to help find people doing great things in their community, with AMP offering them the chance to share in $1 million in grants.

Time to Replace CSR?


Xavier Smerdon, Wednesday, 6th April 2016 -  Corporate Social Responsibility “focuses more on boosting employee morale than addressing the way a company engages with society’s concerns” and should be replaced with a new model of engagement, according to a leading English businessman.

Tech Giant Pledges Full Renewable Electricity


Xavier Smerdon, Wednesday, 6th April 2016 -  American-based technology giant, HP Inc, has pledged to achieve 100 per cent renewable electricity usage across its global operations.

Premier Warns of NDIS Cost Blowout


Xavier Smerdon, Tuesday, 5th April 2016 -  The Federal Government has rebuked a warning by West Australian Premier Colin Barnett that there would be a cost blowout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Giving a Voice to Grief


Xavier Smerdon, Monday, 4th April 2016 -  For Catherine Cini a life in the Not for Profit sector has taught her just how courageous people facing diversity can be. Cini is this week’s Changemaker.

Working Women to Benefit from Royal Commission


Xavier Smerdon, Monday, 4th April 2016 -  The recommendations to come out of Victoria’s Royal Commission into Family Violence will benefit working women, according to the body that represents the state’s trade unions. Secretary of the Victorian Trades Hall Council (VTHC), Luke Hilakari, said the recommendations “would…

Evolving Chair: Why Being Chair is not Mundane for Mundine


Xavier Smerdon, Thursday, 31st March 2016 -  Warren Mundine has become a powerful spokesperson for Australia’s indigenous community. The Chair of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation spoke to Xavier Smerdon.

Disability Service Provider Rating Website Launches


Xavier Smerdon, Tuesday, 29th March 2016 -  With the $22 billion National Disability Insurance Scheme about to be rolled out Australia-wide, a free tool allowing people to rate disability service providers has been launched.

1,000 Charities Saved


Xavier Smerdon, Tuesday, 29th March 2016 -  More than 1,000 Australian charities have heeded a final warning from the national regulator, saving their charity status.

Income Inequality Key to Domestic Violence – Rosie Batty


Xavier Smerdon, Monday, 7th March 2016 -  Domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty has called for greater gender equality in Australian workplaces.

Not Just a Drop in the Ocean


Xavier Smerdon, Monday, 7th March 2016 -  Matt Henricks’ career as an organisational psychologist has led him down the unusual path of providing clean water to communities in Africa. Henricks is this week’s Changemaker. He spoke to journalist Xavier Smerdon.

New Rules for Small Charities Released


Xavier Smerdon, Thursday, 3rd March 2016 -  The national charity regulator has released a new set of governance rules for small charities.
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