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OECD Says Impact Investment Needs Universal Standards

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 22nd January 2019 -  Impact investing could be more effective if universal measurement standards were implemented and impact goals were better defined, an OECD report says.

Game-changing Service for Disability Telecommunication Access Launches

Maggie Coggan, Tuesday, 22nd January 2019 -  An accessible telecoms project has been launched in a bid to fight the growing information gap on accessible services for people with disability.   

Oxfam Finds Widening Wealth Gap in Australia

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 22nd January 2019 -  Australia is in the midst of a billionaire wealth boom while low-income earners, women and Indigenous people are left behind, according to new analysis from Oxfam.

Opinion

Predictions for 2019: Social Media

Richenda Vermeulen, Tuesday, 22nd January 2019 -  Richenda Vermeulen offers five social media predictions for not for profits in 2019, as part of a series of 2019 predictions from leading experts across the social sector.

Are the Next Generation of Leaders Ready?

Andrew Cairns, Tuesday, 22nd January 2019 -  Community Sector Banking CEO Andrew Cairns considers how Australia’s tidal wave of generational change will affect leadership in the nation’s charity sector.

Two Birds, One Stone

Contributor, Tuesday, 22nd January 2019 -  Lea Corbett, founder and director of Map consulting group, explains why the newly launched  network of mature aged professionals is a case of “two birds, one stone”.

Sector Suspicious Over Great Barrier Reef Foundation’s First Project

Maggie Coggan, Monday, 21st January 2019 -  The first project announcement by the Great Barrier Reef Foundation since being awarded a controversial $443 million grant, has been labelled a double handling exercise by conservationists, once again calling into question the legitimacy of the grant funding.  

Around the World

Review Finds Sexual Misconduct Failures Within Oxfam

Luke Michael, Monday, 21st January 2019 -  Oxfam International is beset by systemic problems that have allowed sexual misconduct to sometimes go unaddressed, an independent interim review has found.

NDIS Reaches Participant Milestone

Luke Michael, Monday, 21st January 2019 -  The National Disability Insurance Scheme has reached a milestone with more than 250,000 people now accessing the scheme, including almost 80,000 people receiving support for the first time.

Changemaker

Taking Back the #AfricanGang Narrative

Maggie Coggan, Monday, 21st January 2019 -  When South Sudanese lawyer, Maker Mayek reclaimed the racially-fuelled term, “African Gangs” on Twitter with a viral hashtag by the same name 12 months ago, he turned the conversation on its head, and is now working hard to fight back for his community. He’s this week’s Changemaker.

Greens Unveil ‘Radical’ Plan for Disability Policy

Luke Michael, Friday, 18th January 2019 -  The Greens are calling for a “radical” rethink of disability policy in Australia, unveiling a plan to create a more accessible and equitable society for people with disability.

Standardised Contracts Slash Red Tape For SA NFPs

Maggie Coggan, Friday, 18th January 2019 -  The South Australian not-for-profit sector is celebrating the roll out of standardised government funding contracts after years of negotiations, significantly slashing red tape requirements for organisations.  

Rejected Donation Calls Fundraising Practices into Question

Maggie Coggan, Friday, 18th January 2019 -  A move by Beyond Blue to reject a donation raised via gay pornography has sparked discussion over fundraising rules and regulations.

Government Invests $1.45B into Community Mental Health

Luke Michael, Friday, 18th January 2019 -  Community mental health groups have welcomed a record $1.45 billion government investment into the sector but say more needs to be done to address lingering service gaps.

Audit Finds $443M Government Grant Process ‘Insufficient’

Luke Michael, Thursday, 17th January 2019 -  Australian charity leaders say the $443 million government grant to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation is a slap in the face for every charity applying for government funding, after an audit report found the government applied insufficient scrutiny to the grant proposal.

Impact

Voting Opens for 2018 Impact 25 Awards

Wendy Williams, Thursday, 17th January 2019 -  Australia’s social sector is being asked to pick from more than 300 names to crown 2018’s most influential people.

Opinion

Superficial Proxy Measures – the Economist’s Folly

David Crosbie, Thursday, 17th January 2019 -  Even the best economic proxy measures can only partly explain what is at the heart of charities’ work, writes Community Council for Australia CEO David Crosbie in light of recent reports on the sector which he argues are disconnected from what drives not for profits.

Opinion

Predictions for 2019: Volunteering

Adrienne Picone, Thursday, 17th January 2019 -  This year marks 30 years since volunteering was formally recognised during National Volunteer Week. It’s time to turn our attention to ensuring the volunteer sector is adequately resourced, writes Volunteering Australia CEO Adrienne Picone, as part of a series of 2019 predictions from leading experts across the social sector.

Your Time Starts Now at FIA Conference 2019

Contributor, Thursday, 17th January 2019 -  FIA Conference 2019, the largest fundraising conference in the Asia-Pacific region, is coming to Melbourne from the 27 February to 1 March.

Netflix Cleaning Craze Puts Charities Under Pressure

Maggie Coggan, Wednesday, 16th January 2019 -  While January is traditionally the biggest material donation month of the year for charities, the Marie Kondo “Tidying Up” craze currently sweeping the nation is putting charities under extra pressure, with many now calling for the public to donate mindfully.  

Aid Groups Pledge to Hold Government Accountable

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 16th January 2019 -  Australian aid organisations have pledged to hold the federal government accountable for its efforts protecting children in conflict with the help of a new humanitarian checklist.

Homelessness Services Fighting the Heat

Maggie Coggan, Wednesday, 16th January 2019 -  Extra funds for homelessness services across Adelaide have been unlocked in preparation for temperatures set to soar above 40 degrees, with services calling for a similar response around the rest of the country in extreme weather events.

Disability Employment in Public Service Going Backwards

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 16th January 2019 -  The disability community is being shut out of public sector jobs, disability groups say in light of recent data which shows the employment of people with disability in the public service is continuing to go backwards.

Opinion

Adapting Yourself to Take Action on the Environment

Contributor, Tuesday, 15th January 2019 -  Disillusionment with politics is reason enough to want to take action yourself on climate change and the environment, but actually doing it is harder. University of Melbourne Associate Professor Terry Bowles highlights a model to help you plan and do this.

The Election Is Coming

Jo Scard, Tuesday, 15th January 2019 -  Fifty Acres founder and managing director Jo Scard highlights ways the social sector can get ready to leverage the positioning of the main parties in the lead up to the federal election.
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