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ACNC Redesigns 2017 Annual Information Statement

Lina Caneva, Monday, 24th July 2017 -  The national charity regulator, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) has revamped the 2017 Annual Information Statement (AIS) following feedback from the sector.

Housing-Related Superannuation Measures

Lina Caneva, Monday, 24th July 2017 -  The federal government is calling for public submissions on its draft legislation on new housing-related superannuation measures announced in the 2017-18 budget.

Improving NFP’s Ethical Participation in Digital Data

Rachel McFadden, Monday, 24th July 2017 -  Australian not for profits need to form a united front to ensure their presence and contributions in the digital world are in line with their ethics, a leading expert on philanthropy, civil society and the digital world has said.

Strategy, Value and Governance in NFP Mergers

Contributor, Monday, 24th July 2017 -  A successful merger of not-for-profit organisations must provide real value to clients, the community and members of the organisation, writes Charlotte Sandell from specialist advisers, HLB Mann Judd.

Last Chance for NFPs to Apply for $200,000 in Social Investment Grants

Contributor, Monday, 24th July 2017 -  The 2017 Social Investment Grants by Australia’s not-for-profit banking specialist, Community Sector Banking are open to not-for-profit (NFP) organisations supporting people experiencing homelessness or family violence.

Rise of Collecting Giving Sees a ‘Closed-Shop’ Approach – Report

Lina Caneva, Monday, 24th July 2017 -  The emergence of collective giving in Australia has the potential to substantially grow philanthropy but faces a number of challenges including the “closed shop” approach within philanthropic circles.

Charities Give Feedback on Govt Paper to Encourage Social Impact Investment

Rachel McFadden, Monday, 24th July 2017 -  A round of “robust” discussions between charity leaders, philanthropists and government representatives were “a promising start” to pushing for reforms around the tax treatment of loans and investments from ancillary funds to charities.

Opinion

The ACNC Crowdfunding Guidance Misses The Biggest Opportunity in Crowdfunding: Trust

Prashan Paramanathan, Friday, 21st July 2017 -  It’s promising to see the ACNC taking steps to inform charities about the opportunities of crowdfunding, but the guidance forgets about trust, writes Prashan Paramanathan the CEO of Chuffed.org.

NFP Calls for Register of Trusts and Foundation Ownership

Lina Caneva, Friday, 21st July 2017 -  Human rights advocacy group, ActionAid Australia is campaigning for an Australian register of beneficial ownership that would require rich individuals and multinational corporations to declare their trusts and foundations.

Changemaker

Sisters Around the World

Wendy Williams, Friday, 21st July 2017 -  Melissa Reoch is the community development officer at Girl Guides Victoria, part of the largest volunteer organisation for girls and women in Australia. She is this week’s Changemaker.

Report Warns on Age-Based Stereotypes in the Workforce

Lina Caneva, Friday, 21st July 2017 -  Public commentary and advocacy regarding older workers has often exaggerated their problems and made use of age-based stereotypes in efforts to overcome them, according to a new Australian report.

$1M Endowment Fund Donated to Zoos Victoria

Lina Caneva, Thursday, 20th July 2017 -  Zoos Victoria has received a $1 million gift establishing an endowment fund which is set to strengthen its long-term position as delivering world-leading zoo experiences.

Nominations are Open For the 2017 Workplace Giving Awards

Rachel McFadden, Thursday, 20th July 2017 -  Entries are now open for the 2017 Workplace Giving Excellence Awards.

New Virtual Reality Tool to Train Disability Support Workers

Rachel McFadden, Thursday, 20th July 2017 -  A leading disability provider has secured funding to develop an innovative virtual reality prototype to enhance the training, skills and work practices of disability support staff.

Calls for Super ‘Splitting’ for WA De Facto Couples

Lina Caneva, Thursday, 20th July 2017 -  Community superannuation fund HESTA and the Western Australian welfare sector are calling on the WA government to change the Family Law Act to allow de facto couples to split their super when their relationships end.

Opinion

Freedom of Speech for Sale

David Crosbie, Thursday, 20th July 2017 -  If the charity sector accepts government restrictions on its public voice, it will be a sad day for Australian democracy and it will mean that free speech is for sale in Australia, writes David Crosbie, CEO of Community Council for Australia.

Breakthrough Study Shines a Light on NFP Workforce

Wendy Williams, Thursday, 20th July 2017 -  From CEOs to frontline staff, employees and volunteers working in the not-for-profit sector are being encouraged to take part in a national breakthrough study that aims to provide vital insights into the potential of the sector and inform practice, policy and funding.

NDIA Gets New CEO as Construction Begins on Head Office

Wendy Williams, Wednesday, 19th July 2017 -  The former managing director of Bankwest, Rob De Luca, has been announced as the new CEO of the National Disability Insurance Agency, on the same day the “first sod” was turned on the site of the new headquarters in Geelong.

Philanthropy Gets Behind Connecting Aboriginal Children With Extended Families

Rachel McFadden, Wednesday, 19th July 2017 -  Leading Victorian childcare agencies have secured philanthropic support to complete a pilot program designed to connect Aboriginal children in out-of-home care with siblings and extended families.

What Does the NDIS Mean for Best Practice in Early Childhood Intervention?

Contributor, Wednesday, 19th July 2017 -  Not-for-profit community organisation Noah’s Ark is holding a series of best practice workshops on the NDIS in August and September in major cities around Australia for professionals working with children with disabilities.

How to Be More Effective in Reducing Disadvantage? – Insights From 10 Years of SVA Consulting

Contributor, Wednesday, 19th July 2017 -  As it celebrates 10 years of advising the social sector, SVA Consulting reflects on how to be more effective in reducing social disadvantage.

Ask Izzy Expands To Provide Support For People Experiencing Family Violence

Rachel McFadden, Wednesday, 19th July 2017 -  A mobile website which has been described as a “saviour” by people experiencing homelessness is to launch a new project to assist people fleeing family violence, with funding assistance from the NAB Foundation.

Public Interest Journalism Needs DGR Status to Attract Philanthropic Support

Lina Caneva, Wednesday, 19th July 2017 -  World-wide concern around “fake news” and significant editorial jobs losses in Australia have brought into focus the role philanthropy might play in the future of independent journalism – a role that is being explored in a Senate inquiry where tax incentives are under the microscope.

Rainbow Community’s ‘Brave’ Funding Projects Announced

Lina Caneva, Wednesday, 19th July 2017 -  Australia’s first giving circle supporting LGBTQIA opportunities, called The Channel, has announced the recipients of its first grants supporting Australia’s rainbow community.

Sector Says Human Service Provision Needs Overhaul to Empower the Consumer

Rachel McFadden, Tuesday, 18th July 2017 -  A peak body for the community sector is calling for a “complete” overhaul of human services provision.

Analysis

Collaboration the Key to Community Volunteering Success

Jayne Mayer Tucker, Tuesday, 18th July 2017 -  As the question of volunteer funding remains under the microscope, collaborative and groundbreaking research is underway to assess the impact of a community volunteer home visiting service which supports families of young children, as Jayne Meyer Tucker explains.
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