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Embracing Philanthropy’s Quirks

Fiona Higgins, Wednesday, 24th May 2017 -  If we can acknowledge the quirks of philanthropy, rather than mourn an idealised notion of how it “should” behave, then we can get on with the business of pragmatic philanthropy, writes Fiona Higgins, senior manager, grantmaking and evaluation at Australian Philanthropic Services.

Indigenous Leaders Meet to Form a United Front on Constitutional Recognition

Rachel McFadden, Wednesday, 24th May 2017 -  In a historic milestone more than 250 Indigenous leaders from across the country are meeting with the intention to reach a consensus on constitutional reform.

More Schools Turning to Philanthropy For Support

Lina Caneva, Wednesday, 24th May 2017 -  An increasing number of disadvantaged Australian schools are seeking financial support from philanthropic sources, according to a new not-for-profit analysis.

Homelessness Reflects Complex Life Circumstances and Poor Health – Study

Lina Caneva, Wednesday, 24th May 2017 -  High levels of psychological distress, post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic physical conditions, and poor social supports are common characteristics of those experiencing chronic homelessness, according to new not-for-profit research.

Opinion

NDIS – Not Fit for Purpose

Vern Hughes, Wednesday, 24th May 2017 -  In terms of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), it is hard to conceive of an organisational structure and business model that could be less fit for purpose, writes civil society campaigner Vern Hughes.

Opinion

The NDIS Has Teething Problems That Must Be Addressed

Rachel Siewert, Wednesday, 24th May 2017 -  Given the National Disability Insurance Scheme has support across the political spectrum there is a reluctance to heavily criticise it despite a parliamentary inquiry which is revealing that the system is beset by major problems, writes WA Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.

Spotlight

The Purr-fect Social Enterprise

Wendy Williams, Wednesday, 24th May 2017 -  The team behind Western Australia’s very first cat cafe hopes to offer a special blend of animal welfare and human happiness, writes Wendy Williams in this week’s Spotlight on Social Enterprise.

Hot Topic

The True Value of Corporate Volunteering

Naomi Barson, Wednesday, 24th May 2017 -  Corporate volunteering programs promise a range of commercial and community benefits. Naomi Barson, marketing manager for GoodCompany, asks top employers about the true value they realise from their volunteering programs.

LEGO Reaches 100% Renewable Energy Target

Rachel McFadden, Tuesday, 23rd May 2017 -  LEGO, the world’s leading children’s toy manufacturer, has reached its 100 per cent renewable energy target three years ahead of schedule.

Charity and Media Company Join Forces to Tackle Negative Stereotypes

Rachel McFadden, Tuesday, 23rd May 2017 -  As part of a commitment to create “smart connections for their communities,” media company Adshel has teamed up with a national welfare group to tackle negative stereotypes of youth unemployment.

Opinion

The Impact of Growth

Luke Wright, Tuesday, 23rd May 2017 -  Melbourne social enterprise founder, Luke Wright, asks some difficult questions about growth and whether or not organisations can stay true to their values when they’re urged to scale up.

Why Should Not for Profits Enter the Premier’s Sustainability Awards?

Contributor, Tuesday, 23rd May 2017 -  New research recently commissioned by Sustainability Victoria shows that over 90 per cent of Victorians want government, business and industry to be involved in environmental projects and to tackle climate change.

Govt ‘Fake Refugee’ Policy Faces Backlash

Wendy Williams, Tuesday, 23rd May 2017 -  The federal government’s “fake refugee” policy, which is calling on asylum seekers to “lodge or leave”, has been met with outrage from the social sector.

Big Thinkers Positive About Social Innovation

Wendy Williams, Tuesday, 23rd May 2017 -  South Australia has a burgeoning startup community of people who want to make money and make an impact, says Allyson Hewitt, the first primary thinker for the new Adelaide Thinkers in Residence program.

Five Legal Steps to Remunerating Not for Profit Directors

Contributor, Tuesday, 23rd May 2017 -  Angela Stackelbeck from Touchpoint Legal unpacks the five key legal steps that should be in place before remunerating not-for-profit directors.

Opinion

Beyond Savings and Towards Meaning

Lisa Grinham, Tuesday, 23rd May 2017 -  Charities need to reclaim their tax narrative this 30 June, writes Lisa Grinham the CEO of Good2Give.

Opinion

Empowering Children to Lead Positive Social Change

Andrea Lemon, Tuesday, 23rd May 2017 -  Children have great capacity to affect the lives of those around them, writes Dr Andrea Lemon, CEO and founding co-director of Kids Thrive.

Australia’s Most Trusted Charity Brand Revealed

Wendy Williams, Monday, 22nd May 2017 -  Guide Dogs Australia has once again been named the nation’s most trusted charity.

Forrest Makes Philanthropic History with $400M Donation

Rachel McFadden, Monday, 22nd May 2017 -  Australia has received its largest philanthropic donation to date from a living Australian.

Help Shape the Governance of the Social Sector

Rachel McFadden, Monday, 22nd May 2017 -  The Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) is asking for feedback on the current challenges and opportunities facing the social sector.

Show and Ask App Tackles Workplace Bullying

Wendy Williams, Monday, 22nd May 2017 -  A new smartphone app is being developed to help tackle workplace bullying and equip employees with expert assistance at the touch of a button.

Changemaker

A Celebration of Diversity

Wendy Williams, Monday, 22nd May 2017 -  Ruth McNair is a general practitioner, an associate professor at the Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne and an advocate for LGBTQI equality. She is this week’s Changemaker.

Opinion

Diploma-Level Workers Not to Blame for Workplace Stress

Contributor, Monday, 22nd May 2017 -  Having a diversity of workers with a range of qualifications contributes to the success, not the stress, of the sector, writes Australian Community Workers Association CEO Sha Cordingley.

Inaugural $100,000 High Impact Grant for Sydneysiders

Rachel McFadden, Friday, 19th May 2017 -  Applications are now open for the inaugural Impact100 Sydney North grant worth $100,000.

Donation Point Taps will be used in Large Scale Fundraising Drive

Rachel McFadden, Friday, 19th May 2017 -  In an Australian first, a charity is using Donation Point Taps on a large scale to collect donations.

Victoria Civil Society Calls For Urgent Rental Reform

Rachel McFadden, Thursday, 18th May 2017 -  Close to 50 Victorian community organisations have joined forces to send a clear message to the Andrews government to reform Victoria’s rental laws to improve safety, stability and privacy for tenants in Victoria.
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