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Susan Pascoe Appointed Head of Newly Formed Community Directors Council

Luke Michael, Friday, 22nd September 2017 -  Outgoing commissioner of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Susan Pascoe AM, has been appointed head of the newly formed Community Directors Council.

Recruitment Expert Says NFPs Need Thorough Process to Hire Honest Candidates

Luke Michael, Friday, 22nd September 2017 -  A not-for-profit recruitment expert has warned that organisations need to implement a thorough hiring process to select honest candidates, after new research revealed one in five people lie on their CVs.

Thinkers Look to Melbourne to Grow SA Purpose Economy

Wendy Williams, Thursday, 21st September 2017 -  The “world’s best thinkers” are turning to Melbourne to help foster growth in the South Australia purpose economy.

Mental Health Groups Call for Same-Sex Marriage to Prevent Suicide

Luke Michael, Thursday, 21st September 2017 -  Distress among Australia’s LGBTIQ community over the postal-survey debate has put a strain on mental health organisations, who have launched a campaign to support same-sex marriage and prevent 3,000 youth suicide attempts every year.

$2 Million Grant Helps Give Australians in Need A Fair Go

Wendy Williams, Thursday, 21st September 2017 -  A total of 200 community organisations working to create a fairer, more inclusive Australia have received a share of $2 million in grant funding.

Opinion

NFPs Need Social Media More Than They Know

Alecia Hancock, Thursday, 21st September 2017 -  If not for profits ignore social media the chances of their organisations thriving into 2018 and beyond are slim, writes Hancock Creative director Alecia Hancock along with her top tips for not for profits.

Volunteering Tasmania Forced to Close Launceston Office

Luke Michael, Thursday, 21st September 2017 -  Volunteering Tasmania have said there is no need to be concerned about the future of the organisation, despite having to close its second office in the space of just 15 months.

Alliance Calls on Government to Lead the Way in Protecting Displaced Children

Lina Caneva, Wednesday, 20th September 2017 -  A coalition of NGOs has called on the Australian government to lead the way in protecting child refugees and migrants when two ground-breaking compacts are discussed at the United Nations General Assembly this week.

Social Media ‘Inspires’ Fundraising Globally – New Research

Lina Caneva, Wednesday, 20th September 2017 -  A new global giving trends report has found while many not for profits might be skeptical that social media is useful for fundraising, 75 per cent of donors, including those in Australia, agree it is a primary news source for staying current on the work of their favourite organisations.

Social Procurement Challenge – Crowdsourcing a Solution

Lina Caneva, Wednesday, 20th September 2017 -  A national competition is using crowdsourcing and philanthropic funds to gather the best ideas from across Australia to solve issues around social procurement and the growth of social enterprise.

Finding Meaning on the Hamster Wheel? How is That Working for You?

Contributor, Wednesday, 20th September 2017 -  Need to get off the hamster wheel? Upcoming Melbourne workshops by leading capacity building consultant Alison Coughlan have been designed for professionals engaged in purpose-driven work to help translate passion and purpose into impact.

AICD Announces NFP Scholarships Across Australia

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 20th September 2017 -  Directors and governance leaders across Australia have received scholarships to enhance their leadership skills, and support the long-term governance of the not-for-profit sector.

Indigenous Australians Face Lack of Access to Cataract Surgery

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 19th September 2017 -  Indigenous Australians face a 30 per cent lower cataract surgery coverage rate than non-Indigenous Australians, according to findings from a recent national eye health survey.

Opinion

On Marriage Equality, Australia’s Progressive Instincts Have Been Crushed by Political Failure

Frank Bongiorno, Tuesday, 19th September 2017 -  It is surely deficiencies in our recent democracy rather than deeper historical or cultural issues that lie at the heart of our failure to resolve the issue of same-sex marriage, writes Australian National University professor of history Frank Bongiorno, in this article which first appeared in The Conversation.

Analysis

NDIS Pricing – New Research Confirms Risks to Service Users

David Gilchrist, Tuesday, 19th September 2017 -  If the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is going to deliver, it will have to adjust its pricing model, writes University of Western Australia Professor David Gilchrist following the launch of the second report of the National Disability Benchmarking study.

Future Uncertain for Disability Organisations Following Funding Cuts

Wendy Williams, Tuesday, 19th September 2017 -  Disability representative organisations (DRO) have launched a campaign to #SavePDA amid claims the not for profit and its partner organisations in the national peaks consortium could go out of business following changes to government funding.

Australia Launches its First Live Impact Investing Database

Luke Michael, Monday, 18th September 2017 -  Investors looking to support businesses making a social impact have been bolstered by the launch of a live impact investing database, which looks to connect investors and investees in this growing market.

Australian Organisations Score in the Top 10 Per Cent of B Corps Globally

Luke Michael, Monday, 18th September 2017 -  Australian organisations have been scored in the top 10 per cent of B Corps globally, in B Lab’s annual Best for the World List.

$1.2M for NFPs and Social Enterprises Supporting Regional Communities

Wendy Williams, Monday, 18th September 2017 -  Social enterprises that support Australian regional communities and the unique environmental issues impacting them are for the first time able to apply for a share in $1.2 million in grant funding, alongside not for profits.

Changemaker

On the Homestretch

Wendy Williams, Monday, 18th September 2017 -  Paul McDonald is the CEO of Anglicare Victoria, which delivers out of home care and family support to vulnerable children, young people and families. He is this week’s Changemaker.

Taking Naps and Eating Food During Shift Work Could Reduce Alertness, Says Research

Luke Michael, Monday, 18th September 2017 -  Health care and social assistance workers have been warned that eating a meal and taking a power nap during shift work could be dangerous, as research shows this may reduce alertness.

Levi Strauss Foundation Head Says SSM Survey a “Mission Moment” for Philanthropy

Luke Michael, Friday, 15th September 2017 -  The visiting executive director of the Levi Strauss Foundation, Daniel Lee, has said the upcoming postal survey on same-sex marriage is a “momentous occasion” for the philanthropic sector to advocate for the rights of LGBT citizens.

New CEO to Lead TDi into Next Phase as Bessi Graham Stands Down

Wendy Williams, Friday, 15th September 2017 -  Impact investment and social enterprise pioneer Bessi Graham has announced she will be stepping down as CEO of The Difference Incubator in December.

Australia Council Grants Allows Diverse Range of Artists to Prosper

Luke Michael, Thursday, 14th September 2017 -  A diverse range of Australian artists have received a boost to their careers, after the Australia Council for the Arts announced $6.1 million in grants for arts projects.

Opinion

Public Interest / Private Interest – A Fundamental Distinction

David Crosbie, Thursday, 14th September 2017 -  Over the coming month, major political parties will be deciding whether charities should be exempted from new restrictions on election campaigning to be introduced as part of reforms to overseas donations to political parties. In this article, CEO of Community Council for Australia, David Crosbie argues charities should not be treated like other po

Australian Companies Recognised for Changing the World

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 13th September 2017 -  Two Australian companies have been recognised for making a positive social impact, after being named in Fortune Magazine’s Change the World List.
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