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Australians Want to Hear the Voices of Charities – Politicians Take Note

David Crosbie, Thursday, 23rd November 2017 -  Recent studies show that an overwhelming majority of Australians support the idea that the voice of charities is an important part of our democracy and all politicians would do well to take note, writes David Crosbie, CEO of Community Council for Australia.

LGBTQ Philanthropy is Growing Yet Under Attack

Wendy Williams, Thursday, 23rd November 2017 -  LGBTQ philanthropy in Australia should expect to face new battlegrounds after marriage equality is passed, according to US philanthropist, activist and researcher Dr Jason Franklin.

Opinion

Stop Bashing Charities Over their Fundraising Costs

Rob Edwards, Thursday, 23rd November 2017 -  The CEO of Fundraising Institute Australia, Rob Edwards has called for an end to what he calls “charity bashing” over the cost of fundraising, arguing fundraisers are being held to an unfair double standard in the media and by some opinion leaders in the community.   

Five Ways To Make Your NFP More Cost Effective And Productive With Discounted IT Solutions

Contributor, Thursday, 23rd November 2017 -  Discover new software or leverage existing technology to achieve IT mobility, flexibility and security for your not-for-profit organisation with these top tips from IT solutions experts Bremmar.

Request for Tender for ParentsNext 2018-21 – Applications Now Open

Contributor, Thursday, 23rd November 2017 -  The federal government’s Department of Employment is seeking tender responses from organisations to deliver ParentsNext from July 2018.

Business Woman of the Year Encourages Corporate-NFP Partnerships

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 22nd November 2017 -  Prominent not-for-profit CEO Violet Roumeliotis has been named 2017 Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year, and has encouraged other NFPs to work with corporate Australia to achieve social and economic benefits.

Sage Foundation’s Enterprise Funding Round Opens

Lina Caneva, Wednesday, 22nd November 2017 -  Global cloud business management company, Sage has launched the second round of funding from Sage Foundation’s Enterprise Fund for Australian not-for-profit organisations.

Government Pushes Welfare Reform Success Amid More Robo-Debt Controversy

Lina Caneva, Wednesday, 22nd November 2017 -  Social Services Minister Christian Porter has detailed the federal government’s efforts to overhaul the welfare system during a speech in Canberra on Wednesday including what he described as the recent success of “getting teenage parents off income support”.

New FIA Code Measures to Protect Vulnerable People

Lina Caneva, Wednesday, 22nd November 2017 -  National fundraising peak body, the Fundraising Institute Australia (FIA) has introduced measures in its new code of conduct to protect people in vulnerable circumstances.

Australian Trust in Charities Still High But Dropping: New ACNC Report

Lina Caneva, Wednesday, 22nd November 2017 -  A new report published by the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) shows that public trust and confidence in charities remains strong but has dropped slightly since a 2015 survey.

More Australians Accessing NDIS But Concerns Remain      

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 22nd November 2017 -  Almost 120,000 Australians now have access to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) according to the latest quarterly report, but disability advocates warn that South Australia is falling behind in the roll-out and “getting a raw deal”.

Philanthropist Susan Alberti AC Named Melburnian of the Year

Wendy Williams, Tuesday, 21st November 2017 -  High profile philanthropist, fundraiser, businesswoman and football fanatic Dr Susan Alberti AC has been crowned the 2017 Melburnian of the Year.

How to Navigate Your NFP in the Age of Digital Disruption

Contributor, Tuesday, 21st November 2017 -  Digital disruption is everywhere - whether you run a local charity or a large NFP organisation, technology has become a core part of doing business, says technology specialist Brennan IT.

Opinion

Don Dale Royal Commission Demands Sweeping Change – Is There Political Will to Make it Happen?

Contributor, Tuesday, 21st November 2017 -  A positive outcome from the commission will require political will and leadership to respond effectively to broader systemic issues, write Sophie Russell and Chris Cunneen from UNSW, in this article which first appeared in The Conversation.

One to Watch: Vanessa Marian

Wendy Williams, Tuesday, 21st November 2017 -  Vanessa Marian is a 29-year-old dancer from Byron Bay and the director of Groove Therapy, which aims to make dancing accessible to people from all walks of life. She is One to Watch.

Adelaide at the Vanguard of Ending Street Homelessness Globally

Wendy Williams, Tuesday, 21st November 2017 -  South Australia’s efforts could help shape the global response to street homelessness, according to the advisory committee chair of the Institute of Global Homelessness (IGH), which has recognised Adelaide as one of a select group of “vanguard cities”.

NFP Coalition Calls For National Action on Youth Justice

Luke Michael, Monday, 20th November 2017 -  Nearly 100 organisations across Australia have released an open statement to political leaders calling for national action to reform the nation’s youth justice systems, in wake of the findings from the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory.

Ethical Investing Has Come of Age With a Rise in Consumer Demand

Wendy Williams, Monday, 20th November 2017 -  Consumer demand for ethical investing is rising, with nine out of 10 Australians expecting their super and other investments to be invested ethically and responsibly.

Concerns Raised Over New ACNC Board Appointments

Luke Michael, Monday, 20th November 2017 -  The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) has appointed three new members to its advisory board, but concerns have been raised in the sector around the lack of clarity with these appointments.

Changemaker

Tackling the Complex Barriers to Gender Equality in Asia-Pacific

Luke Michael, Monday, 20th November 2017 -  Joanna Hayter is stepping down as CEO of the International Women’s Development Agency (IWDA) this week, after seven years in the role. She is this week’s Changemaker.

Analysis

Increasing Wages Would Make The Australian Economy Safer

Stephen Kinsella, Friday, 17th November 2017 -  A lack of wage growth is hurting those on low to middle incomes, with almost a third of Australian households “over-indebted”, writes Stephen Kinsella from the University of Melbourne in this article that was first published in The Conversation. 

Gender Pay Gap Sees Women Earning $26,000 Less a Year

Luke Michael, Friday, 17th November 2017 -  New data shows that the gender pay gap in Australia is trending down, but women on average still earn more than $26,000 a year less than men, and hold just 16.5 per cent of CEO roles.         

Royal Commission Demands Action in Wake of Shocking and Systemic Failures

Wendy Williams, Friday, 17th November 2017 -  The social sector is calling for immediate action to keep vulnerable children out of prison after the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory, revealed “shocking and systemic failures”.

Choosing the Right Job Title Vital for NFP Recruitment

Luke Michael, Thursday, 16th November 2017 -  Choosing the right job title is “very important” for not-for-profit organisations to attract the right candidates to a position, according to a leading not-for-profit recruitment agency.

Red Cross Moves to Wage-Based Fundraising Model

Lina Caneva, Thursday, 16th November 2017 -  Humanitarian aid agency, Australian Red Cross has moved all of its third party fundraising to an employment model.

Students’ Educational Outcomes Improve With Volunteer Support

Lina Caneva, Thursday, 16th November 2017 -  Trained community volunteers in schools improved student behaviour and engagement, and delivered better educational outcomes, according to a new report by Victorian-based children’s education charity Ardoch Youth Foundation.
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