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The latest podcast from the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) features a discussion about how charities and businesses can work together to form mutually beneficial corporate partnerships. It looks at the opportunities corporate partnerships provide, as well as tips for charities looking to work with a business to form a partnership.

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Gifts, wills, bequests and endowments can provide significant (and sometimes unexpected) income to charities and not-for-profits. Not-for-profit Law's new fact sheet below explains what to do when offered a gift, bequest or endowment and whether you need to accept the gift, bequest or endowment; gifts/bequests/endowments with conditions,

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In the latest episode of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC)’s podcast series, Assistant Commissioner David Locke joins ACNC Charity Chat to discuss fundraising with people in vulnerable circumstances. David and Matthew discuss how charity fundraisers can recognise vulnerability in potential donors

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The Australian Government is required to undertake a review of the Australian Charities and Not for profits Commission Act 2012 and the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (Consequential and Transitional) Act 2012 after their first five years of operation. This review presents an opportunity to evaluate the performance of the legislative framework,

Firing the CEO can be one of the most difficult decisions a board can make – it will also be among the most critical. Many boards will resist bringing up the need to fire their CEOs, while other boards will be far too quick to fire their chief executives. In this article for Better Boards, James Beck – Managing Director, Effective Governance –

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The Centre for Sustainability Leadership's Future Makers Fellowship Program is looking for applicants who have the potential to influence change in a variety of ways, and intentionally recruit for a wide cross section of skills and experience. The program encourages a high degree of diversity of professional backgrounds, industry insights,

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A free Workforce Analytics Dashboard with insights on people, performance and purpose is now available for not-for-profit organisations. Organisations can use the analytics to become better employers, offer improved services and have greater impact.

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Access to financial products and services, and employment status are key factors in the decline in the number of Australians who feel financially secure, according to Parts 2 and 3 of Financial Resilience in Australia, a report released by Centre for Social Impact (CSI) at UNSW Sydney in partnership with NAB. 

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The financial returns from “impact investing” are on par with mainstream investments, according to a recent report. Impact investing aims to generate a social or environmental return (such as affordable housing or a reduction in greenhouse emissions) as well as a financial one. Research shows that impact investors

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KPMG's Census Insights explore the shifting trends in Australia's lifestyle habits by analysing the data provided in the 2016 National Census. In this first report, demographer Bernard Salt and KPMG Partner Cassandra Hogan explore the rise of energy poverty, which continues to be driven by the rising cost of energy supply.

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The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commissions (ACNS) has published a new factsheet to provide solid advice on how charities can work with businesses and corporates to develop a relationship that helps the charity achieve its goals, as well as deliver tangible benefits for the wider community.

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A string of government policies and practices has created a culture in which charities in Australia are “self-silencing” for fear of risking their financial security or attracting political retribution, according to a major report.

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A common question asked by not-for-profit organisations is whether or not they can or should pay their committee or board members. There are important matters that an organisation will need to consider before deciding whether or not to pay a committee/board member. Not-for-profit Law's new resource covers these issues,

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Two Feet is an accelerator program developed by The Difference Incubator (TDi) for enterprises looking to do good and make money. Applications are open for the next Sydney intake, which will run from May to July 2018.

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To assist in your organisation's understanding of debt financing, equity financing, social impact investing and investors (definitions and resources), Not-for-profit Law has developed a comprehensive financing glossary. It is a useful tool for reading alongside their other resources on new funding approaches.

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The Hon. Dr Gary Johns’ appointment as full time Commissioner of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) is deeply troubling and an attack on Australia’s charities and not-for-profits, the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) says. “The decision to appoint Dr Johns as ACNC Commissioner is a big mistake,”

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The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) has tabled its 2016–17 Annual Report, its fifth report to Parliament since it was established in December 2012. The report shows that more and more Australians are accessing the ACNC’s Charity Register – Australia’s first searchable database of charities.

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Australian charities have reported $142.8 billion in annual revenue in the last year, according to new research. The Australian Charities Report 2016 examined the 2016 annual reports of over 52,000 charities submitted to the national charity regulator, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).

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Australian charities are burdened with a financial reporting regime that’s overly complex and inconsistent and which fails to promote the sector’s accountability or efficiency, according to research undertaken by the Australian Accounting Standards Board (AASB).

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A new independent research report on commission-based fundraising in the charity sector has been released by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC). The report, Research into the Commission-based Charity Fundraising Industry in Australia, forms part of the ACCC’s 2017 compliance and enforcement focus on consumer issues

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Donations growth has improved since NAB’s last report. Giving to charity grew 1.4% over the year to August 2017, after falling -1.0% over the year to February 2017. In a longer term context, charitable giving has grown by around 37% since NAB first started compiling this report in 2010.

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Transformational Leadership and Not for Profits and Social Enterprises
is a new book addressing the leadership challenges and strategies not-for-profit organisations face when they move to new models, such as social enterprise.

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Fundraising Institute Australia (FIA) has established an independent Authority to oversee its new Code. The Code, which was launched in July, will be enforced from 1 January 2018. The seven-member Code Authority will be responsible for compliance monitoring, complaints administration and making recommendations for improvements to self-regulation,

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The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission has released a statement on reforms to the deductible gift receipt (DGR) system, after the Minister for Revenue and Financial Services, the Hon Kelly O’Dwyer MP, announced that a number of changes proposed earlier in 2017 will proceed.

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Australians are claiming their gifts to charity on tax more than ever, with a total of $3.1 billion donated in the 2014-15 financial year – a 15 per cent increase, or $464 million, on the previous year, according to a report from QUT's Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies.

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Public trust and confidence in charities remains strong, a new report from the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) has found. The ACNC’s two-year Public Trust and Confidence report found that 86% of Australians trusted charities, and 91% currently support them by volunteering or donating.

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The national charity regulator, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission, has launched a new online toolkit to help charities and their local Members of Parliament connect and discuss important sector issues. 

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A new Giving Australia report has revealed the critical role volunteers play in the success of not-for-profit organisations and the fact that they are often NFPs' most valuable resource. The report, Giving and volunteering: the nonprofit perspective, represents the most extensive research undertaken so far to uncover how NFPs drive support

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Not-for-profit organisations now have their own channel on ATOtv, the Australian Taxation Office’s online video library. Organisations can find a range of useful videos on the new channel, including, 'Getting started', 'Applying for DGR endorsement', and 'NFPs and fringe benefits tax'.