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Calls to Remove ‘Blanket Religious Exemptions’ for Faith-Based Charities

Luke Michael, Friday, 16th February 2018 -  Two prominent legal charities have urged a Religious Freedom Review panel to support the LGBTI community, by narrowing “the blanket religious exemptions which allow religious organisations to discriminate”.  

Opinion

Three Billboards on the Road Back to Where We Came From

Michael Dillon, Thursday, 15th February 2018 -  Michael Dillon from the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research offers three “billboards” with updates on the remote housing “fiasco”.

The Hierarchy of Needs – As Applied to NDIS Transition

Contributor, Thursday, 15th February 2018 -  When applying Maslow’s hierarchy to the NDIS, what sits at the bottom of the pyramid depends on where an organisation is now, and how significantly they are affected by NDIS, writes Jane Arnott, general manager of consulting and business services at Community Business Bureau.

Opinion

Sorry – Again!

David Crosbie, Thursday, 15th February 2018 -  Community Council for Australia CEO David Crosbie reflects on the Australian Reconciliation Convention in 1997, and the progress, or lack thereof, that has been made since to close the gap.

OOHC – Towards Outcomes-Based Contracting

Contributor, Thursday, 15th February 2018 -  For the out-of-home care (OOHC) sector the move to outcomes based contracting will have its own particular challenges, writes Criterion ahead of the Navigating the Permanency Support Conference.

Policy Advocacy’s Time Has Come

Wendy Williams, Wednesday, 14th February 2018 -  There is a growing impetus for philanthropy to fund policy advocacy, according to a new report.

Cashless Debit Card Trial to Be Expanded to New Region

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 14th February 2018 -  The federal government’s controversial cashless debit card will be expanded to welfare participants in Western Australia's Goldfields region, after legislation passed extending the trial until mid-2019.

NSW RSL Inquiry Prompts Calls for Sweeping Fundraising Reform

Wendy Williams, Wednesday, 14th February 2018 -  A high-level inquiry has called for sweeping reform of fundraising regulations to make charities more accountable for how they spend public donations, after it found “corruption and cronyism” had led the New South Wales RSL to the “brink of destruction”.

Affordable Housing Framework is Inadequate, Researchers Warn

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 14th February 2018 -  The framework for affordable housing in Australia is inadequate and driven by funding opportunities rather than defined housing needs, a new report has warned.  

ACOSS Says Government Faces ‘Choice’ to Either Fund Services or Cut Taxes

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 13th February 2018 -  Australia’s welfare peak body has urged the government to strongly invest in social services in the upcoming federal budget, rather than introducing “unjustified” tax cuts.

Jury Finds Former NFP Leader Guilty of Sexual Assault

Wendy Williams, Tuesday, 13th February 2018 -  The founder and former managing director of disability support organisation Lifestyle Solutions, David Hogg, has been found guilty of a single count of sexual intercourse without consent.

Better Together: Why Charities Should Merge

Contributor, Tuesday, 13th February 2018 -  The charity sector is a crowded market. As the pool of donations and grants shrinks, calls for mergers are growing, particularly for charities serving a similar cause, writes Fiona Smith.

Opinion

Aussie Startups Creating Social Impact in 2018

Will Dayble, Tuesday, 13th February 2018 -  Startups are diligently working on long-entrenched social and environmental problems. But don’t call them social enterprise, writes Will Dayble, the founder of the Fitzroy Academy.

Get With The (Donor) Program at FIA Conference 2018

Contributor, Tuesday, 13th February 2018 -  Time is running out to get your tickets to the Fundraising Institute Australia’s (FIA) 41st international fundraising conference, to be held at the Sydney International Convention Centre from 7 to 9 March.

Annual Report Finds Government Still Struggling to Close the Gap

Luke Michael, Monday, 12th February 2018 -  The prime minister’s annual Closing the Gap report has revealed only three out of seven targets are "on track", 10 years after the policy was launched to improve the lives of Indigenous Australians.

Opinion

A Foundation of Healing

Richard Weston, Monday, 12th February 2018 -  We need to stop putting intergenerational trauma in the too-hard basket, writes Richard Weston, CEO of The Healing Foundation, on the eve of the anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations.

Findex Launches New Community Fund

Wendy Williams, Monday, 12th February 2018 -  A new community fund has been launched to create equal access to opportunity for people isolated by location or circumstances.

Growing Number of Victorians ‘Evicted into Homelessness’

Luke Michael, Monday, 12th February 2018 -  The number of Victorians “evicted into homelessness” has more than doubled in the past five years, leading the state’s peak homelessness body to call for the creation of more social housing using rising stamp duty revenue.

Changemaker

The Pioneer Behind Australia’s First National Suicide Prevention Research Fund

Luke Michael, Monday, 12th February 2018 -  Sue Murray is the research fund director at Suicide Prevention Australia, who has pioneered the creation of a dedicated national suicide prevention research fund. She is this week’s Changemaker.

Advisory Board Warns There is No Need to Change ACNC Legislation

Luke Michael, Friday, 9th February 2018 -  The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission’s independent advisory board has warned a review panel there is no need to change ACNC legislation, three weeks after the charities regulator asked the panel to consider adding two new objects to the ACNC Act.

Government Accused of Undermining Australia’s Charities

Wendy Williams, Friday, 9th February 2018 -  The government is undermining Australia’s charities, the shadow minister for charities and not for profits has claimed.

Review Finds Government’s Closing the Gap Policy Has ‘Fallen Apart’

Luke Michael, Thursday, 8th February 2018 -  The federal government’s Closing the Gap policy has “all but fallen apart” due to extensive funding cuts and political instability, a 10-year review into the strategy has found.

Mission, Model, Measurement and Management: The four M’s of a Sustainable Social Enterprise

Contributor, Thursday, 8th February 2018 -  There are four key building blocks of a sustainable social enterprise, writes Anthea Smits from The Difference Incubator.

Making the Future Safer for Our Children

Contributor, Thursday, 8th February 2018 -  All organisations and institutions working with children must understand what the Royal Commission means for them to ensure Australian children are never abused again, says Child Abuse Prevention Service (CAPS) ahead of the Safe Children Conference 2018.

Opinion

Listen to Abuse Survivors and Advocates to Clear the Way to a National Redress Scheme

Contributor, Thursday, 8th February 2018 -  It’s time to end the political games and fulfil the mandate of the royal commission, writes Kathleen Daly, professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University, in this article which first appeared in The Conversation.

Analysis

How Repealing the Johnson Amendment Could Change the Game for Nonprofits

Contributor, Thursday, 8th February 2018 -  The Johnson Amendment is a provision in the U.S. tax code that prohibits not-for-profit organisations from endorsing or opposing political candidates. Repealing the amendment could have a significant impact on US philanthropy and may lead to an erosion of trust in charities, write Kyle Caldwell and Matthew Downey from the Johnson Center.
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