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Charities

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Report

Paying what it takes

Australian charities are being hamstrung by a lack of funding for their core operational needs, severely affecting their ability to deliver frontline services to Australians living with disadvantage. This report finds that the prevailing funding model for not-for-profits is failing to cover indirect operating costs...
Briefing paper

No good deed goes unpunished: the effect of Coalition–Labor “political campaigners” amendments on charities

In the last parliamentary sitting weeks of 2021, the Morrison Government passed 'political campaigner' legislation. This briefing note explains what the laws are, how have they changed, and what the consequences might be for the charities sector.
Report

Pulse of the for-purpose sector - final report: wave 2

Launched in May of 2020, the 'Pulse' initiative is an Australian first in measuring the attitudes and operating conditions of the for-purpose sector. This Wave 2 report reveals significant challenges remain for the 'for-purpose' sector, as nearly 80% of service providers report struggling to meet...
Report

Digital technology in the not-for-profit sector: November 2021

The ongoing disruptions to the way we work posed by COVID-19 have emphasised how important it is for not-for-profits to have efficient and reliable technology in place. This report aims to recognise where areas of growth and improvement are needed across the sector, so that...
Report

Philanthropic and charitable donations

Philanthropic and charitable donations, both time and money, can be valuable to both those who receive donations and those who make them. This report focuses on financial giving, presenting an overview of the Australian system and amount donated by individuals, business and philanthropists.
Audio

Faith-based charities and hope

When federal parliament resumes next month, the Senate will vote on controversial new regulations governing charities. One leading Liberal Senator, Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, has expressed her fear that the rule could curb freedom of speech.
Report

Philanthropy: the continued journey to real impact and better practice

This report revisits the progress the Australian philanthropic sector has made against the five pillars of best practice and, through the contribution of the members of the Philanthropy Impact Pioneers Program, does a deep dive practical into the challenges of genuinely engaging and holding ourselves...
Report

Vital support: building resilient charities to support Australia’s wellbeing

This report finds that despite Australia’s promising economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, many charities remain in vulnerable financial positions and require urgent funding from the Australian government to continue supporting thousands of Australians in need and providing employment opportunities.
Evaluation

A review of the evidence on developing and supporting policy and practice networks

‘Networks’ and ‘networking’ are widely used (and often under-defined) concepts. This rapid review takes a more focused look at networks - specifically those that support policy and practice development, from the point of view of charitable organisations that may want to foster them as a...
Journal article

Vulnerability and resilience in the social sector: what we learnt through COVID-19

This article discusses the capabilities of social purpose organisations which are protective in a crisis. Philanthropists, government funders and social purpose organisations need to work together to nurture these protective factors.
Report

The social sector in NSW: capitalising on the potential for growth

The NSW social services sector employs more than 230,000 people, and provides care to more than 1 million people per year. This report underlines the opportunities arising from investing in the sector.
Guide

How NFPs should engage with government: strategies, tools and frameworks for long-term success

This paper has been developed to support non-profit, social purpose leaders and boards to examine just how well prepared their organisation is to work effectively with government – and to provide a framework to respond to the fast changing policy, funding and legislative environments.
Report

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the charitable sector, and its prospects for recovery

This report finds that the COVID-19 crisis will decimate the charity sector in the United Kingdom unless the government takes urgent action.
Report

Pulse of the for-purpose sector - final report: wave 1

This first report of a national research program has been released to explore the unprecedented events of 2019-2020 created by the bushfires and the global pandemic, and their associated challenges on Australia’s health, economic and social systems.
Report

Digital technology in the not-for-profit sector: October 2020

This report aims to better understand how not-for-profit organisations across Australia and New Zealand are using technology in order to recognise areas of growth and where improvement is needed. Now in its fifth year, this report provides a benchmark for all not-for-profit organisations across the...
Report

Sprinting for good: using co-design to collaborate for social impact

The Centre for Social Impact (CSI) and the Community Governance Steering Group (a collaboration of people and organisations interested in developing and supporting good governance practices in Aotearoa New Zealand’s community sector) used a 'co-design sprint' process, with more than 150 people involved, to develop...
Report

Social sector commissioning

This document outlines the response to conversations the Government held with the social sector so far and the next steps that will be taken towards a better system that supports better outcomes.
Report

Taken for granted? Charities’ role in our economic recovery

In the context of the COVID-19 crisis, there has been great concern about the future of the Australian charity sector, and the people it supports. This report calls for reforms to support the charity sector as post-COVID recovery partners – following findings that charities are...
Policy report

Partners in recovery: why charities need tailored support

This report explores the different financial, legal and operational constraints that charities face, compared with commercial businesses, which make it harder for them to rebound.
Report

Will Australian charities be COVID-19 casualties or partners in recovery? A financial health check

This report forecasts that more than 200,000 jobs in the charity sector could be lost as a result of the COVID-19 crisis if financial supports, such as JobKeeper and lease and loan deferrals, come to an end in October.