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National not-for-profit Good Shepherd Microfinance has made a move into online lending with the support of NAB to launch Speckle, a fast online cash-loan which offers a better alternative for people seeking small cash loans under $2,000.

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In this new episode of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC)’s Charity Chat, Ian Parry, Senior Manager of Compliance at the ACNC, speaks about charities handling conflicts of interest. Ian briefly explains what a conflict of interest is before talking about the importance of being able to identify and manage them appropriately

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Polling commissioned by the Fred Hollows Foundation for the ‘Hands Off Our Charities’ alliance has found that Australians are opposed to new laws which will restrict the voice of charities, with the Government facing an uphill battle with its own supporters.

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The crisis in trust in Australia's institutions has deepened, according to the 2018 Edelman Trust Barometer, a global survey on institutional trust conducted by public relations firm Edelman. The barometer has registered declines in trust in all four institutional groups it covers – government, media, business and NGOs.

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The report Digital Technology for The Not-For-Profit Sector in 2018, by Connecting Up, TechSoup New Zealand and Infoxchange, shows not-for-profits struggling to maintain their overall productivity and provide the holistic services depended upon by millions.

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Gary Johns has long criticised the charity sector for a lack of transparency and critics are concerned he is going to take a view on what an efficient and effective charity. As Commissioner he says he is seeking "to educate the public about the effectiveness and outcomes of our 55,000 registered charities",

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The 2018 Report on Government Services is now available online. The report is a vital tool in holding all Australian governments accountable for the effectiveness and efficiency of government services.

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Food insecurity – or the lack of access to sufficient food – is not something that just affects developing nations, according to QUT researcher Dr Carol Richards. Writing in The Conversation, Dr Richards said this month’s Foodbank report, Fighting Hunger in Australia, showed around 15 per cent of Australians had experienced food insecurity

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The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) has pushed for new powers to regulate charities’ “effective use of resources” under controversial new commissioner Gary Johns. The charities sector is up in arms over the proposal, seen as a bid to control how charities spend their money