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Communicating social progress – How to use ‘theory of change’ effectively

Mike Davis, Tuesday, 23rd April 2019 -  Theories of change have the potential to bridge the divide between numbers and visual thinkers, writes Mike Davis, in this article which shares his learnings from running a recent theory of change workshop.

Opinion

What is the one thing you would tell the would-be prime minister?

Contributor, Tuesday, 23rd April 2019 -  Staff at Sacred Heart Mission share their thoughts on what the incoming government needs to know about homelessness.

‘The evidence is in’: Australians want an increase to Newstart

Wendy Williams, Tuesday, 23rd April 2019 -  The majority of Australians agree there should be an increase to Newstart, a new poll has shown.

Do you have what it takes to be a tomorrow maker?

Wendy Williams, Tuesday, 23rd April 2019 -  Amazing Australians doing great things in any field – including social entrepreneurs, researchers, scientists, artists and educators – are being encouraged to apply for a share of $1 million.

Government under mounting pressure over disability royal commission appointees

Luke Michael, Thursday, 18th April 2019 -  The Morrison government is standing by its appointees to the disability royal commission, despite Labor pledging to review two of the commissioners over conflicts of interest.

Next government urged to prioritise the ACNC

Luke Michael, Thursday, 18th April 2019 -  Not-for-profit leaders are calling on Australia’s next federal government to prioritise the charity sector by cutting red tape, fully resourcing the charities commission and protecting advocacy.

Indigenous groups front and centre of million dollar health promise

Maggie Coggan, Thursday, 18th April 2019 -  Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations are at the heart of delivering a $115 million election pledge from Labor to reduce youth suicides and preventable diseases, in a move welcomed by Indigenous groups.

Sustainable seafood on the menu at Australia’s top restaurants

Maggie Coggan, Thursday, 18th April 2019 -  Some of Australia’s leading chefs are pledging to only serve sustainably sourced seafood in their restaurants as part of the Australian Marine Conservation Society’s GoodFish project.

Around the World

How crowdfunding is helping US charities build trust

Luke Michael, Thursday, 18th April 2019 -  American charities turning to crowdfunding are experiencing an increase in giving because donors think they’re more transparent, new research shows.

Doco of the month: Ghosthunter

Wendy Williams, Thursday, 18th April 2019 -  The team behind the award-winning documentary Ghosthunter talk to Wendy Williams about the film’s impact and how a story about ghosts became an exploration of the impact of childhood trauma, as part of a new series profiling powerful documentaries in partnership with Documentary Australia Foundation.

Do people really care about ethical fashion?

Wendy Williams, Thursday, 18th April 2019 -  Nick Savaidis, the founder of ethical fashion brand Etiko talks to Wendy Williams about the disconnect between people’s values and how they shop, and why we all share responsibility for making fashion ethical.

Investing for good

Contributor, Thursday, 18th April 2019 -  Now is the time for social services to explore the opportunity offered by alternative income streams and the benefits that these bring to organisations, writes NCOSS CEO Joanna Quilty ahead of this year’s Investing for Good Conference 2019.

ALP pledges to be champions of the charity sector

Luke Michael, Thursday, 18th April 2019 -  Labor MP Andrew Leigh has vowed an ALP government will “end the war on charities” and strengthen the role of the charities commission, while continuing to put pressure on controversial commissioner Dr Gary Johns.  

It’s time to solve it, Australia!

Contributor, Thursday, 18th April 2019 -  Got a complex problem? Get the training, tools and potentially even the funding you need to tackle it, writes Jessica Roth, director of Social Impact Hub.

Could you help make finance more sustainable?

Maggie Coggan, Wednesday, 17th April 2019 -  People from all corners of society are being encouraged to join some of the big finance players and civil society leaders to help guide the finance sector toward a more sustainable future.

Youth homelessness crisis in the spotlight

Maggie Coggan, Wednesday, 17th April 2019 -  Nearly 11,000 young people across Australia remained homeless even after seeking help from services, new analysis of homelessness data reveals.

Your chocolate egg might be more unethical than you think

Maggie Coggan, Tuesday, 16th April 2019 -  As Easter approaches, the rush to stock up on chocolate eggs begins. But where exactly are they coming from? Humanitarian groups and ethical trade watchdogs are calling on shoppers to think about what makes a “good egg”.

People with severe mental illness left behind in NDIS transition

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 16th April 2019 -  Only a quarter of people in Commonwealth-funded mental health programs set to close in 2020 have successfully transitioned to the National Disability Insurance Scheme, new research shows.

Opinion

Changing the political narrative this election

Michelle Blanchard, Tuesday, 16th April 2019 -  It’s time we stopped using mental illness as a political insult, writes SANE Australia acting CEO Dr Michelle Blanchard, in this article explaining the importance of taking The #StigmaPledge.

‘They don't see eye-to-eye’: Leadership turmoil engulfs the ACNC

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 16th April 2019 -  The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission has been rocked by a disastrous Senate estimates appearance that has laid bare a major leadership rift over the direction of the charity watchdog.  

Opinion

What philanthropy wants: A more giving Australia

Sarah Wickham, Tuesday, 16th April 2019 -  The federal election has come at a critical time for Australian philanthropy, writes Philanthropy Australia policy and research manager Sarah Wickham, as part of a series of articles looking at what the social sector wants from the incoming government.

Aging with Dignity

Andrew Cairns, Tuesday, 16th April 2019 -  How can we do better to reverse the unsettling trend of loneliness gripping elderly Australians, asks Community Sector Banking CEO Andrew Cairns.

And, we’re off (at last)

Jo Scard, Tuesday, 16th April 2019 -  With the election campaign in full swing, Fifty Acres founder and chief executive officer Jo Scard looks ahead to what not for profits should be doing post election.

What is The Greens’ vision for the social sector?

Luke Michael, Monday, 15th April 2019 -  Greens Senator Rachel Siewert says protecting charitable advocacy and ensuring community organisations are properly funded will be her party’s major priorities in Australia’s next Parliament, as the federal election campaign heats up.

Social impact gurus to charge the growth of impact market

Maggie Coggan, Monday, 15th April 2019 -  Australia’s impact investing market is ready to be taken to the next level, according to the newly appointed leaders of the expert panel, who will take charge of developing the nation’s fledgling social impact market.  

Community sector rallies to abolish offences of public drunkenness

Maggie Coggan, Monday, 15th April 2019 -  Marking the anniversary of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, over 80 community groups are calling on the Victorian government to abolish the offence of public drunkenness, a law they say targets Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
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