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Working for the ‘Evolution’ of Australian Philanthropy

Lina Caneva, Thursday, 19th January 2017 -  The country’s peak body for donors, Philanthropy Australia, is embarking on a strategic plan which includes a bold new business model around membership and changes to its legal structure while still retaining its core policy and advocacy work. Lina Caneva spoke to CEO Sarah Davies about the changes for 2017 and beyond.


The 2017 Resolution That Needs to Be Implemented

Jack de Groot, Thursday, 19th January 2017 -  Jack de Groot, CEO of St Vincent de Paul Society NSW, is determined to collaborate with governments and investors to boost the much needed affordable housing supply in that state.

NFPs Warn Moving On the Homeless Does Not Make Them Disappear

Lina Caneva, Wednesday, 18th January 2017 -  The CEOs of 36 Victorian homelessness, housing and social services organisations have released an open letter appealing for a shift in the conversation away from vilifying rough sleepers to a focus on the lack of affordable housing that underpins the crisis.

Labor Calls for Senate Inquiry Into Centrelink Robo-Debt ‘Debacle’ as Pensioners Targeted

Ellie Cooper, Wednesday, 18th January 2017 -  Labor will push for a Senate inquiry into the Centrelink robo-debt “debacle” when Parliament returns in February after revelations that the automated system will start targeting age and disability support pensioners.

Call for Tax Breaks for Disability Support Workers

Lina Caneva, Wednesday, 18th January 2017 -  South Australian Dignity Party MP Kelly Vincent has called for increased tax deductions for disability support workers to assist with the costs of travel, vaccinations and police clearances in a submission to the federal government’s May budget deliberations.

Oxfam Calls on Corporations to Take Action on Wealth Inequality

Ellie Cooper, Wednesday, 18th January 2017 -  As world business leaders meet in Davos, Oxfam has called for corporations to take action on the global wealth inequality crisis, which the organisation said was “much, much greater than we had feared”.

2017 Aussie Farmers Foundation Grants Round Opens

Lina Caneva, Wednesday, 18th January 2017 -  Charities working to help rural and regional communities doing it tough can now apply for the Aussie Farmers Foundation 2017 Grassroots Grants.

Disadvantaged Families Left Struggling as Cost of Education Skyrockets

Wendy Williams, Wednesday, 18th January 2017 -  A national children’s education charity is calling for urgent support for some of Australia’s most disadvantaged families struggling with the basic costs of their child’s schooling, as new research shows the cost of education has skyrocketed over the last decade.

Australia Ranked in Top 10 Most Inclusive World Economies

Lina Caneva, Wednesday, 18th January 2017 -  A new international report has placed Australia in the top 10 most inclusive economies in the world in a list dominated by northern European countries.


A Fresh Start for Former Offenders

Ellie Cooper, Wednesday, 18th January 2017 -  Social enterprise Fruit2work creates second-chance jobs, hiring former offenders to pack and deliver fresh fruit to businesses around Melbourne.

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Building a Culture of Social Innovation

Mike Davis, Wednesday, 18th January 2017 -  Mike Davis, founder of Purposeful, explains how a positive workplace culture fosters social innovation in an organisation.

Savings Scheme Helps Families Go Back to School in Digital Age

Wendy Williams, Tuesday, 17th January 2017 -  A national education savings program developed by ANZ and Brotherhood of St Laurence is helping lower-income families go digital as technology becomes a classroom essential.

CEOs Show Scepticism Over Globalisation Benefits

Ellie Cooper, Tuesday, 17th January 2017 -  Business leaders are showing skepticism about the touted benefits of globalisation, including climate change mitigation and closing the gap between rich and poor, but at a slower rate than public perception.

Corporates Join Forces for Disability Employment Social Enterprise

Lina Caneva, Tuesday, 17th January 2017 -  Corporate, philanthropic and government support has helped establish a new state-of-the-art facility offering employment opportunities for people who have experienced mental illness and long-term unemployment.

Australian Retailers Applauded for Inclusive Advertising

Wendy Williams, Tuesday, 17th January 2017 -  Australian retailers have been applauded for embracing diversity and including people with disability in a series of recent advertising campaigns.

McVatican To Feed the Homeless

Lina Caneva, Tuesday, 17th January 2017 -  Controversy surrounding the opening of a McDonald’s fast food outlet in the Vatican City within Rome may have softened after the burger giant joined with a charity to provide food for the local homeless population.

Conservative Christian Organisation Loses Charity Status Over ‘Political Views’

Ellie Cooper, Tuesday, 17th January 2017 -  Christian organisation Catch The Fire Ministries, led by controversial preacher Daniel Nalliah, has had its charitable status revoked allegedly for “speaking on political issues”.


Switch NFP. What About FI?

Natasha Hudson, Tuesday, 17th January 2017 -  What if the not-for-profit sector described itself as what it is: For Impact (FI), asks consultant Natasha Hudson.

Top 10 Tips to Help Your Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Participants Raise More

Staff Reporter, Tuesday, 17th January 2017 -  Career fundraisers understand the importance of “The Ask” and Dr Steve Francis, managing director of FrontStream wants to make sure you support your supporters so they can too. Here are his top tips.

Community Service Organisations Pool Funds for Debt Letter Recipients

Ellie Cooper, Monday, 16th January 2017 -  A group of Tasmanian community services organisations have pooled resources to fund community legal centres offering support and advice to Centrelink debt letter recipients.

The NDIS Must Not Be a Trade-Off

Wendy Williams, Monday, 16th January 2017 -  The National Disability Insurance Scheme must not be funded from trade-offs the disability sector has argued, as tension mounts over federal government plans to transfer a $3.7 billion education fund into the initiative.

Calls to Stop Australians Sending ‘Heels and Handbags’ to Humanitarian Crises

Ellie Cooper, Monday, 16th January 2017 -  Australians sending unrequested goods to neighbouring countries after humanitarian emergencies are unintentionally hindering relief efforts, according to a first-of-its-kind report from the Red

Philanthropist James Fairfax Dies

Wendy Williams, Monday, 16th January 2017 -  Prominent philanthropist and one of Australia’s “greatest patrons of the arts” James Fairfax AC has died, aged 83.

Study Highlights Cost of Ignoring Older Workers

Wendy Williams, Monday, 16th January 2017 -  Australian employers are failing to support and engage older workers which is costing them, according to a new study.


Voice of the Family

Wendy Williams, Monday, 16th January 2017 -  Jo Briskey is the executive director of The Parenthood a not-for-profit movement of Australian parents and carers, working to gain positive policy changes through lobbying government and business. She is this week’s Changemaker.

Workplace Diversity and Inclusion is ‘Vital’ in 2017

Wendy Williams, Friday, 13th January 2017 -  Diversity and inclusion is set to be a “vital business tool” in 2017, according to Diversity Council Australia which has outlined a number of “D and I challenges” for the year.
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