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June 2022

Paying Directors in the Not-for-profit Sector

By Board & Governance, Business, Revenue - Fundraising, Revenue - Other

Historically, charity and not-for-profit boards have worked for the good of the cause, with no expectation of payment, but has the world changed and is recruitment of new directors becoming more difficult?

Has your organisation considered paying its board directors, in recognition of the work they do and the responsibility they carry? This article from ICDA includes 10 questions to help your board explore the practical, financial and ethical dimensions of a board payment policy.

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The World’s Workplace Is Broken — Here’s How to Fix It

By Business, People & Culture, Workplace

81,396 hours – that’s how much of life most of us spend working. The only thing we spend more time doing is sleeping! Now, according to The State of The Global Workplace Report 2022: 60% of people are emotionally detached at work; and 19% are miserable!

The simple fix is better leaders in the workplace ie. managers who are better listeners, coaches and collaborators.

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Liberal MP uses charity’s testimonial on flyer distributed during election campaign without its consent

By Board & Governance, Business

A charity has demanded a Queensland Liberal MP stop using a testimonial in promotional material, saying it did not consent to its use.​

In a pamphlet titled “What are locals really saying about Trevor Evans”, the MP quotes from three charities – the Pyjama Foundation, Gingercloud Foundation and Arts Access – with the former two also quoted on his website.

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Pursuing purpose in times of politics

By Board & Governance, Business, Revenue - Fundraising

Recent weeks have seen some charities making headlines for operating outside of the usual advocacy borders. Guide Dogs Victoria launched an internal investigation after its CEO gave a ringing printed endorsement of Kooyong Liberal candidate and current federal treasurer, Josh Frydenberg. The founder of the Inclusion Foundation and the CEO of Breast Cancer Network Australia were also criticised for their endorsements of Frydenberg.

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7 Strategies To Retain Culture In A Downturn

By Business, Leadership, People & Culture, Personal

We are in uncertain times. It is normal to look within your business, and start thinking about the future. Culture should be the number one thing, you look to bolster during challenging times.​

A global health crisis has exposed outdated economic, political and social systems – not least within the workplace. Here’s 7 strategies from Culture Equation that just might help you retain culture in a downturn.

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Charity cries foul over unauthorised LNP election endorsement

By Board & Governance, Business

Pyjama Foundation chief executive Bronwyn Sheehan appeared to offer an endorsement of LNP MP Trevor Evans in an election flyer distributed to Brisbane voters. But the charity says it was blindsided by the election flyer.

In a written statement, the Pyjama Foundation board confirmed it had provided the quote after a request from Mr Evans’s office in March, but in the understanding it would be used in “a community newsletter in relation to a local partnership”.

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Liberal MP removes a Lifeline chief executive from campaign flyers

By Board & Governance, Business

Liberal frontbencher Paul Fletcher has removed a Lifeline chief executive from his campaign flyers after Lifeline Australia “firmly reminded” her of the rules about charities being involved in political endorsements.

Wendy Carver, CEO of Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury, appeared on Fletcher’s campaign pamphlets that were mailed out to constituents of the Bradfield electorate on Sydney’s North Shore. They featured several prominent locals – including a photo of Carver and her endorsement of the Liberal candidate.

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Commissioner’s Column: Campaigning and Advocacy during an Election Campaign

By Board & Governance, Business, Revenue - Fundraising

As everyone would be aware, there has been a lot of discussion and debate surrounding the activities of charities in the lead-up to the Federal election. Much of that discussion has centred on what is or isn’t allowed in situations where charities, politics and elections intersect. It has also made clear how important it is that charities are absolutely clear on how their activities must be linked to the purpose.

A charity’s activities must be carried out in aid of, or to support its charitable purpose. This purpose is the reason it operates and the reason it is granted charitable status (and may receive benefits like charitable tax concessions).

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