Skip to main content
Category

Board & Governance

Paying Directors in the Not-for-profit Sector

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

The world has changed – people work longer hours and have less time to contribute, the retirement age has risen, and everyone is busier than ever – but this view of the way boards should operate persists. And that was before the global pandemic upended everything and sent volunteer numbers through the floor.​

In this climate, your organisation might be considering paying its board directors, in recognition of the work they do and the responsibility they carry, and to make it easier for you to recruit new directors.​

Read more here

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.

Read more here

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.

Read more here

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”.

Read more here 

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.

Read more here

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).

Read more here

Resignation of Gary Johns from Australian charities regulator ends Liberals’ war on sector, Labor says

By Board & Governance, Business

In the wake of the resignation of Gary Johns from the Australian charities regulator, Andrew Leigh has said the government will look for a replacement who can ‘work constructively to … strengthen the social fabric’. The government has welcomed the resignation of controversial charity regulator Gary Johns, saying the election has ended the Coalition’s “nine‑year war on charities”.

Read more here

Has the Govt’s ‘War on Charities’ ended?

By Board & Governance, Business

“The Albanese Government will engage with the sector with respect and creativity, and work to fix fundraising, increase charitable giving and build a stronger charitable sector to support vulnerable Australians, We recognise that it accounts for 10 per cent of employment and a significant amount of GDP, and that charitable advocacy plays a vital role in our democracy.” Andrew Leigh – Assistant Charities Minister

Read more here