Philanthropy Australia Moves on PM’s Giving Plan
15 May 2014 at 11:57 am
National philanthropic peak body, Philanthropy Australia, has moved quickly to support the Federal Government’s decision to re-establish the Community Business Partnership in 2014, offering ways for the new organisation to help grow giving.
The Federal Budget this week announced an investment of $6 million over four years to re-establish the Community Business Partnership in 2014 to promote a culture of giving and volunteering in Australia.
“This partnership will see government, community and business leaders come together to develop practical strategies to unlock Australia’s full potential for philanthropy and reduce unnecessary regulation,” Minister for Social Services , Kevin Andrews said.
“The Community Business Partnership will be chaired by the Prime Minister, and bring together business and community leaders to provide leadership and advice for encouraging growth in philanthropy and volunteering and promote partnerships between business and community organisations,” he said.
Philanthropy Australia CEO Louise Walsh says the organisation was a member of the previous Community Business Partnership established by the Howard Government, which was responsible for some of the most significant reforms in Australia’s history designed to support philanthropy.
“This included the introduction of what are now known as Private Ancillary Funds, and pre-tax workplace giving arrangements,” she said.
“Philanthropy Australia has commenced work on developing some ‘Easy Wins’ for the Community Business Partnership, which will focus on some simple and inexpensive proposals which could help grow giving,” Walsh said.
“Allowing Private Ancillary Funds to donate to Public Ancillary Funds is an example of an easy win, and something that would overcome an existing barrier to giving and reduce red tape.
“Currently, a donor with a Private Ancillary Fund can’t give to an organisation with a Public Ancillary Fund. These can include community foundations, some arts foundations and workplace giving providers.
“This can discourage giving and limits the funds that such organisations can direct towards supporting communities across Australia.
“Given the collective experience of our Members, Council and Staff, Philanthropy Australia is in a unique position to make a positive contribution to the Community Business Partnership and we look forward to engaging with Government and other stakeholders to help realise its potential,” Walsh said.
It's understood Philanthropy Australia has had preliminary talks with the department of Social Services and is awaiting details on who will join the advisory council.
Philanthropy Australia says it’s keen to work in the areas of policy and research and promote the interests of its members with the new Community Business Partnership.