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Charities Join Forces to Feed Struggling South Australians For Christmas

Maggie Coggan, Wednesday, 19th December 2018 -  With Christmas around the corner, Foodbank South Australia and Baptist Care South Australia have joined forces to open Adelaide’s first discounted food store, easing the stress of the holiday season.

Charity Reputation Index Reveals High Levels of Public Trust in Sector

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 19th December 2018 -  The Australian public’s level of trust in the charity sector remains high, according to the annual Charity Reputation Index, which named The Royal Flying Doctor Service as the country’s most reputable charity for the eighth year straight.  

Opinion

Global Compact: Ensuring Safety and Dignity For Migrants

Contributor, Tuesday, 18th December 2018 -  In celebration of International Migrants Day on 18 December, Vicki Mau, the national manager of migration support programs at Australian Red Cross, discusses the importance of supporting vulnerable migrants through the Global Compact agreement.

Sector Celebrates Shorten’s Historic Affordable Housing Commitment

Maggie Coggan, Tuesday, 18th December 2018 -  The community sector is celebrating Labor’s election commitment of 250,000 affordable rental properties over ten years, labelling it a game changer for vulnerable Australians facing rental stress.

Around the World

Save the Children Helps Make the World ‘Better With a Sweater’

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 18th December 2018 -  People in the UK were able to make a Christmas donation simply by tapping their debit or credit card on a charity worker’s sleeve, thanks to a new contactless Christmas jumper.

Opinion

Could the Charities Act 2013 Pose a Problem for Advocacy Charities?

Krystian Seibert, Tuesday, 18th December 2018 -  Krystian Seibert raises concerns about an aspect of the Charities Act that could have major implications for how the act can be used to challenge charities which have advocacy as a purpose.

Holidays – Baloney, We All Need to Keep Our Eyes Wide Open

Jo Scard, Tuesday, 18th December 2018 -  Even though Christmas is almost upon us, not for profits still need to keep their eyes wide open and be prepared for the looming federal election, writes communications and engagement agency Fifty Acres founder and managing director Jo Scard.

Federal Government to Overhaul of ‘Punitive’ and ‘Outdated’ Jobseeker Program

Maggie Coggan, Monday, 17th December 2018 -  An independent panel has found the federal government’s jobseeker program, Jobactive, to be punitive and digitally outdated, sparking a government commitment to overhaul the program.   

Community Groups Dismayed at Labor’s Failure to Raise Newstart

Luke Michael, Monday, 17th December 2018 -  Labor’s failure to commit to raising Newstart at their national conference has been slammed by anti-poverty advocates, who say welfare recipients will needlessly struggle to survive if forced to continue living on $39 a day.

Changemaker

Embracing the Power of People

Maggie Coggan, Monday, 17th December 2018 -  Shen Narayanasamy is a lawyer and human rights campaign director at GetUp!, fighting fiercely in board rooms, Parliament and the streets, for a better, and fairer future. She is this week’s Changemaker.

Ask Adam

On Earth as It Is in Heaven

Adam Blanch, Monday, 17th December 2018 -  In his final column, psychologist Adam Blanch considers the connection between human suffering and happiness, and what it takes to really be yourself.

Government Extends Controversial Cashless Welfare Card

Luke Michael, Friday, 14th December 2018 -  The federal government is extending the controversial cashless welfare card trial by 12 months and considering a fifth site, despite continuing criticism about the card’s effectiveness.

Possible Backlash Caused by Planned Changes to Charities Act

Luke Michael, Friday, 14th December 2018 -  Legal experts warn that the federal government’s plan to guarantee legal protection for charities advocating traditional marriage may create a backlash, as charities scramble to clarify their legal right to advocate on other controversial issues.

Simulation of Welfare System Reveals Raising Newstart Would Reduce Poverty Gap

Maggie Coggan, Thursday, 13th December 2018 -  Raising Newstart by around $300 per fortnight and the Age Pension by $11, while other welfare payments are cut, would reduce the poverty gap by 11 per cent, according to new analysis.

What Impact Will Your Gift Have This Christmas?

Maggie Coggan, Thursday, 13th December 2018 -  Australians are expected to spend over $50 billion in the lead up to Christmas, and while gifts are a great way to show appreciation for your loved ones, the charity and B-Corp sectors are encouraging shoppers to think creatively in their gift giving this year.

What’s Your Fundraising New Year’s Resolution?

Contributor, Thursday, 13th December 2018 -  FrontStream offers some tips for those looking to get their fundraising in better shape next year.

Philanthropic Scholarship to Boost Indigenous University Students

Maggie Coggan, Tuesday, 11th December 2018 -  Monash University and Gandel Philanthropy have partnered to support the next generation of Indigenous change agents, as part of the largest philanthropic fundraising campaigns in the history of the university.

Tasmania Secures Long-Term Funding Certainty For NDIS

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 11th December 2018 -  Tasmania has secured long-term funding certainty for the National Disability Insurance Scheme after signing a five-year deal with the federal government.

NFP Sector Faces Growing Fundraiser Shortage

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 11th December 2018 -  A not-for-profit recruitment expert warns that a growing demand for fundraising skills within the sector has created a shortage of fundraisers expected to persist into 2019.  

Hot Topic

How to ‘Up’ Your End of Year Fundraising Campaign

Nicholas Soraghan, Tuesday, 11th December 2018 -  December is upon us, so it is time to get on board with a simple donation drive this Christmas, writes Content For A Cause co-founder Nicholas Soraghan, who looks at how charities can make the most of their end of year fundraising campaign.

NSW Government Called to Help NFPs Become Energy Efficient

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 11th December 2018 -  The New South Wales government needs to strongly support the state’s not-for-profit sector to invest in energy saving technologies amid rising energy costs, a report finds.

Re-Branded Yes Campaign Turns Up Heat on Anti-Discrimination Fight

Maggie Coggan, Tuesday, 11th December 2018 -  The passing of marriage equality in Australia marked a turning point for LGBTIQ+ people, but one year on, a new legal advocacy group are committing to end discrimination of students in religious schools.  

Bringing New Meaning to the Classic Wrist Watch

Contributor, Tuesday, 11th December 2018 -  The Timekeeper is a mindful company on a mission to help young people be present and intentional with their time for positive mental health.

NDIS Service Providers Cautious Over Complex Needs Pricing Shake-Up

Maggie Coggan, Monday, 10th December 2018 -  A pricing-arrangement shake up for National Disability Insurance Scheme service providers working with people with complex needs has been met with caution by some providers who say all the details haven't been made clear.

Around the World

New Grant Reporting Approach Trialled in the UK

Luke Michael, Monday, 10th December 2018 -  A group of funders and funded organisations in the UK are trialling a new approach to grant reporting to fix what grantmakers say is a “broken system”.                               

Changemaker

Unlocking Remote Australia

Maggie Coggan, Monday, 10th December 2018 -  John Burn is head of Many Rivers, a not for profit which works with small business owners in some of the most remote parts of Australia, helping them overcome barriers and showing the rest of Australia what they have to offer. He is this week’s Changemaker.  
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