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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.​

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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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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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Pandemic pressure grows on volunteers, demand, fundraising but there's hope on the horizon

Pandemic pressure grows on volunteers, demand, fundraising but there’s hope on the horizon

By Business, Revenue - Fundraising

Not-for-profits in Australia are coming under intense pressure a year on from the start of the COVID-19 pandemic with 52 percent reporting more demand for services, and the majority suffering a slump in volunteers and donations. Denis Moriarty, group managing director, Our Community, said the immense pressure meant it was time for governments to do more to support the sector.

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Charities burdened by fundraising red tape

Charities burdened by fundraising red tape

By Business, Revenue - Fundraising

“An independent survey of more than 600 charities and NFPs reveals a significant number of Australian charities are caught up in fundraising red tape that limits their capacity to pursue essential fundraising activities and philanthropic support. The Fundraising Survey 2021 report highlights that 40 percent of Australian charities find current fundraising rules are “an unnecessary financial burden” while 1 in 5 charities believe the current rules and regulations have become an impediment to fundraising.” – Philanthropy Australia

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Time to head back to (fundraising) school

Time to head back to (fundraising) school

By Business, Revenue - Fundraising

Fundraising Institute Australia (FIA) has announced they have launched several new short courses for fundraising professionals from entry-level to advanced.  These courses offer professional development to suit different learning styles or time commitments, including webinars, online self-paced courses or online tutor-led learning. Probono discusses with Karen Mutch, FIA’s executive manager of education, the ongoing professional development in digital fundraising and the potential to inspire fundraising professionals further.

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