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Australia Rates Third in World Giving Index

Lina Caneva, Wednesday, 26th October 2016 -  Australian has been rated as the third most generous nation in the latest Charities Aid Foundation global giving index.

New Data Reveals Australian Impact Investments Deliver on Potential

Ellie Cooper, Wednesday, 26th October 2016 -  The first data set of Australian impact investments has revealed positive financial returns, and strong social and environmental outcomes, impacting the lives of tens of thousands of people.

Regulator Fines Charities for Non-Compliance

Lina Caneva, Wednesday, 26th October 2016 -  The charity regulator has issued hefty fines to 40 charities for failing to lodge their outstanding Annual Information Statements.

Court Battle To Claim Poker Machines ‘Misleading’ and ‘Deceptive’

Lina Caneva, Wednesday, 26th October 2016 -  The not-for-profit anti-gambling advocacy group, Alliance for Gambling Reform, is supporting a landmark federal court battle with a former poker machine addict Shonica Guy against Crown Casino and machine manufacturer Aristocrat.

Young Social Enterprises Stand Out

Ellie Cooper, Tuesday, 25th October 2016 -  Early-stage social enterprises are among the best and brightest in Australia, with a large number making up the 26 finalists in this year’s Social Enterprise Awards.


Has your NFP been Sabotaged by the ‘May’ Team?

Richard Meredith, Tuesday, 25th October 2016 -  If change and innovation are important, not just for survival but for success and profitability it is up to each of us to be conscious of the need to give the “can team” a chance before the “may team” takes over, writes social impact speciali

One Third of Australian Charities Not Transparent – Charity Star Rater

Lina Caneva, Tuesday, 25th October 2016 -  Nearly a third of Australian charities are not transparent, according to a controversial star-rating charity assessment website.


Placing A Community ‘Lens’ Closer to Home

Julia Keady-Blanch, Tuesday, 25th October 2016 -  We all need to start getting our heads around what are incredibly sacred, yet vulnerable and overlooked parts of people’s lives and their collective wellbeing, writes social impact strategist Julia Keady-Blanch.

Crowdfunding to Deliver Microfinance to Once Homeless Entrepreneurs

Lina Caneva, Tuesday, 25th October 2016 -  A crowdfunding campaign designed to help former homeless people to start their own micro-businesses has been launched.

Paid Parental Leave Changes to Affect Thousands

Lina Caneva, Monday, 24th October 2016 -  The federal government has reintroduced legislation that could see paid parental leave cut to tens of thousands of new mothers in a bid to end what what the government describes as double dipping.

Rural Training Pathways Needed for Nurses and Allied Health

Lina Caneva, Monday, 24th October 2016 -  Better training pathways and promotion are needed to convince more nurses and allied health professionals to go rural, according to a new not-for-profit study.

New Data Reveals Picture of Disability, Aging and Carers in Australia

Lina Caneva, Monday, 24th October 2016 -  Almost one in 12 Australians with disability – or more than 281,000 people – reported that they had experienced discrimination or unfair treatment because of their disability, according to new data from Australian Bureau of Statistics.


Disrupting the Cycle of Disadvantage

Wendy Williams, Monday, 24th October 2016 -  Dr Michael Cavanagh is the deputy head of Coaching Psychology Unit at the University of Sydney and was a key contributor to The Helmsman Project. He is this week’s Changemaker.

Charity Workers Take Class Action Against Alleged Contracting Scam

Lina Caneva, Saturday, 22nd October 2016 -  A group of former charity street fundraisers, “chuggers”, have joined a class action against a third-party global fundraising company Appco claiming to have been ripped off in a “massive sham-contracting scam”.

ACT NDIS ‘Shutdown’ Resolved

Lina Caneva, Thursday, 20th October 2016 -  The issues that would have seen more than a 1,000 people with disability missing out on the National Disability Insurance Scheme in the ACT appear to have been resolved.

Street Swags Enters Voluntary Agreement With ACNC Over Finances

Ellie Cooper, Thursday, 20th October 2016 -  After the controversial founder of Street Swags resigned over alleged funds mismanagement earlier this year, the organisation has voluntarily agreed to work with the charity regulator to get back on track.

NFP Alliance Calls for Begging to Be Decriminalised

Lina Caneva, Thursday, 20th October 2016 -  An alliance of seven welfare organisations has called for begging to be decriminalised, saying new research shows high levels of childhood trauma and mental illness amongst people begging in Melbourne.

NFP Maps Illegal Brothels to Protect Women

Ellie Cooper, Thursday, 20th October 2016 -  Not-for-profit organisation Project Respect is, for the first time, mapping the hundreds of illegal and unregistered brothels in Melbourne to protect women from exploitation.

Governor General New Chief Patron of Volunteering Australia

Lina Caneva, Thursday, 20th October 2016 -  Volunteering Australia (VA) has secured Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) as its new chief patron.

Housing Affordability Measures Going ‘Backwards’ Minister Warns

Lina Caneva, Thursday, 20th October 2016 -  Australia’s affordable housing measures so far have gone backwards and meeting current challenges needs the joint effort of all levels of government, the assistant minister for social services Senator Zed Seselja has warned.

Hot Topic

Transactional Versus Relationship-Based Sponsorship

Abby Clemence, Thursday, 20th October 2016 -  The new rules of etiquette in successful sponsorships are all about creating a partnership, writes sponsorship expert Abby Clemence.


Euthanasia and People With Disabilities – Discussing the Issues From All Angles

Tricia Malowney, Thursday, 20th October 2016 -  The South Australian voluntary euthanasia bill as presented to the state parliament is not what should be enacted, writes disability consultant Tricia Malowney.


Australia – Beyond Imagining

David Crosbie, Thursday, 20th October 2016 -  The first Australia We Want report, to be released next week, will set some very import benchmarks towards measuring our progress, but with a challenge to move beyond imagining and start creating a better Australia, writes CEO of Community Council fo

Youth Justice Community Partnership Funding

Staff Reporter, Thursday, 20th October 2016 -  Tenders for Youth Justice Community Partnership funding are being progressively released over October 2016 by the Department of Justice and Attorney-General.

Too Many Charities in Australia? Regulator Says No

Lina Caneva, Thursday, 20th October 2016 -  With over 54,000 charities currently registered in Australia the national charity regulator has been wrestling with the question of whether there are too many charities and decided there aren’t – but there is room for mergers where there is dupli

Rate of Growth in Charitable Giving Dips for the First Time

Lina Caneva, Wednesday, 19th October 2016 -  The rate of charitable giving in Australia has fallen for the first time following a spike in the previous year and evidence of ongoing cautious consumerism, according to new research.


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