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The Big Solar Switch campaign aims to be Australia’s largest switch to solar power. The campaign will unlock the potential of not-for-profit and community organisations by helping them to go solar. This initiative has been developed by MEFL and Community Buying Group exclusively for Australia’s 55,000 registered charities and 600,000 community organisations.

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Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) are a financial instrument that pays a return based on the achievement of agreed social outcomes. To date in Australia, SIBs have been initiated by state goverments to address social problems that were previously funded exclusively by government grants.

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Australians want governments to do more to support energy efficiency to help cut energy bills for households and businesses. A YouGov Galaxy survey has shown that ‘investing in energy efficiency’ is the most popular policy that governments can introduce. 

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How do two not-for-profits work together? This is a common question asked of Not-for-profit Law's legal advice team. They are also asked: what is an auspicing arrangement? How can we amalgamate or merge? Do you have a sample MOU? To help answer all of these questions they have published the following new and updated "working together" resources:

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It’s tough at the top, you are not alone! Find support and inspiration at the Better Boards Conference, hosted this August in Adelaide. As a leader you will increasingly have had to tackle the challenges of, and looked for new opportunities in a customer-driven, competitive marketplace. Ultimately it is becoming clear that the most efficient pathway to success

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This research project by the Asia Pacific Social Impact Centre at MBS, the University of Melbourne, found that in general, there is optimism about the future of philanthropy in Australia and a genuine desire to continue to develop best practice approaches to social impact by both grant makers and grant seekers. 

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Government and community-sector agencies have an equal stake in producing better social services. Many novel policy ideas have come to government from the not-for-profit sector, and there is a long record of governments fostering community-sector innovation. Now, there is an increasing understanding that no single agency can address complex social problems

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In partnership with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), the Australian Scholarships Foundation (ASF) have announce the launch of 140 governance education scholarships for not-for-profits across Australia in 2018/19.

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More Australian not-for-profits will turn to social enterprise in the next 12 months to help sustain their income streams, according to new research by Commonwealth Bank. CommBank’s Not-for-Profit Insights Report reveals community groups and charities are well ahead of their business peers in adopting key entrepreneurial behaviours

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The Australian Charities & Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) has lodged a Submission to the “ASIC Industry Funding Levies Regulation Enhancement” Treasury Consultation. In it,the ACNC has urged Treasury to “exclude registered charities from paying the annual levy set out in the ASIC Supervisory Cost Recovery Levy Act 2017”.

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The five-yearly Census provides critical data and information to support important Australian decisions by governments, community organisations, businesses and individuals.The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is reviewing the information collected in the 2021 Census of Population and Housing to ensure it best meets the nation’s needs.

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The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) has responded to the Government’s Budget, pointing out that more tax cuts are the wrong priority at the wrong time, will not help the majority of people on low incomes, and will deprive governments of the ability to fund essential services and restore the budget.

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Last year, the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) set out a plan to sustain and boost Australia’s growth and prosperity with a clear case for national reform. One year on, they argue that the case for action is only stronger, saying that bold action is needed to address Australia’s poor productivity growth.

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Newstart and related payments including Youth Allowance, have not increased in real terms in 24 years. They are now so low people cannot afford basic necessities like housing, meals, bills and transport, even if they get Rent Assistance. The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS)' Raise the Rate campaign suggests actions people can take to Raise the Rate:

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A greater number of Australians have donated to charity in the past 12 months while the average donation per person is holding strong at $350, according to research released by NAB on 10 April. The rate of charitable giving in Australia increased 1.2% over the year to February 2018, more than reversing a -1.0% fall in the same period last year.

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The Pareto Fundraising 2018 Benchmarking program has charted the changes in donor giving year-to-year over the past 10 years. It’s designed to help fundraising professionals and their leaders make better-informed decisions. Key findings from the 2018 analysis include:

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The ABS’ Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) ranks areas in Australia according to relative socio-economic advantage and disadvantage. SEIFA can help governments, communities and businesses determine areas needing additional funding and improved services, identify potential business opportunities, and research the relationship

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The Centre for Social Impact (CSI) has launched a new project aimed at improving social impact on a national scale. Amplify Social Impact™ (Amplify) will provide a range of solutions to help the social sector measure, understand, and achieve social change.

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The Australian Council of Social Service has cautioned that introducing further competition into human services provision carried significant risk, in response to the tabling of the Productivity Commission’s report 'Introducing Competition and Informed User Choice into Human Services: Reforms to Human Services'.

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The Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) is seeking feedback on the review of the 'Good governance principles and guidance for not-for-profit organisations' (Principles), originally released in 2013. The AICD has released a consultation paper which provides background to the Principles, outlines a proposed approach for their revision

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Anglicare Australia has called on the government to take urgent action on tax breaks and concessions in the next budget. The calls follow the release of 'The Cost of Privilege', a report commissioned by Anglicare Australia and prepared by Per Capita.

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Many community organisations require a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to formalise working together or other joint objectives. This new base template by Justice Connect's Not-for-profit Law provides an example of the way an MOU can be set out and the types of details it may include.

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Grant-making charities provide more than $4 billion annually in grants and donations, and hold more than $56 billion in assets, according to new research released by the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). 'Australia’s Grant-making Charities in 2016', a sub-report of the 'Australian Charities Report 2016', was produced by the ACNC

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Eleven leading national peak bodies working in the charity sector - across the arts, emergency relief, fundraising, community organisations, volunteering, philanthropy and governance – have launched a policy to significantly improve how charities handle complaints.

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Over half of all first-time donors will not give a second gift. A donor’s experience after that initial gift is crucial in determining whether or not they will become recurring supporters. In order to build strong relationships, nonprofits must optimize the donor experience - the path of a donor’s engagements, interactions, and activities with the organisation that can ultimately

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The Australian-American Fulbright Commission, Perpetual Limited and ASF are offering the 2019 Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership for a seventh year running. The Professional Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for an emerging leader in the charitable not-for-profit sector

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Amendments to the Privacy Act introducing the Notifiable Data Breaches (NDB) scheme has commenced. The NDB scheme applies to all organisations currently required to take steps to secure personal information, including but not limited to businesses and not-for-profit organisations with an annual turnover of $3 million, health service providers,

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The Prime Minister's Community Business Partnership's impact investing and partnerships working group held roundtable talks with a range of participants including experts on social enterprises and social impact investing and the CEOs of selected social enterprises to discuss strategies and mechanisms,

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The result of a joint research project by RMIT and CPA Australia, this report identifies and assesses the dynamics among the key motivations, risks, barriers and opportunities associated with mergers and acquisitions in the Australian not-for-profit human services sector.

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The new certification offer from Social Traders is designed to provide social enterprises with brand credibility and enhance their prospects of winning commercial procurement contracts with business and Government buyers, ultimately helping them pursue their social causes. Certified social enterprises will carry an identifiable logo-mark

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Concerns about Australian charities rose by 42% in 2017, according to a new report released by the national charity regulator. The Charity Compliance Report 2017, produced by the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC), reported that almost 1,700 concerns were raised about charities in 2017, up from 1,192 complaints in 2016.

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Deloitte's Global Human Capital Trends 2018 report has found that Australian businesses are recognising the intensifying call to action to serve a social purpose, with 84% of Australian survey respondents citing corporate citizenship as important or very important. Yet despite this, as well as the high expectations from millennials around social responsibility

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This ABC's Focus episode looks at why fundraising has become so aggressive, and if charities need to reinvent themselves and merge with others. Taking part in this discussion is CEO of Anglicare WA Ian Carter, Volunteering WA CEO Tina Williams and Nicholas Hookway, a sociology lecturer at the University of Tasmania.

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Stagnant incomes, widening gaps in opportunity based on where people live and go to school and anxiety about the impact of rapidly emerging technologies are contributing to concern about inequality, according to the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA)’s report on inequality.