Briefing paper

10 Oct 2018

Despite the federal government pledge under the Paris Agreement, there is strong evidence that the climate change mitigation actions being taken by Australia are not sufficient to meet our fair share of global emissions reductions.


Information, insight and observation for the benefit of donors and fundraisers
26 Sep 2018

The concept of a charitable organisation may need to be reimagined, as governments look to pay for success, donors move away from hand-outs and charity leaders have begun to reposition their organisations as sustainable social enterprises, according to this report.


19 Aug 2018

The growth of Asian diaspora communities and understanding the nature of Asian-Australian giving is essential for Australia's traditional philanthropic sector to engage more closely with Asian-Australian donors to ensure common goals and visions are achieved.


31 May 2018

This research is the first in a series of reports from a new national organisation called SEIROS. It includes leaders and representatives from different religious traditions, academics and policy makers.


15 May 2018

There is optimism about the future of philanthropy in Australia and a genuine desire to continue to develop best practice approaches to social impact by both grant makers and grant seekers. All those interviewed for this report were united in their commitment to address serious...


28 Mar 2018

This step-by-step guide takes you through the main tasks and what they involve to set up an outcomes management approach for your organisation. Part one covers defining how you create the change.


Making the case for philanthropic support for advocacy
14 Feb 2018

Civil society, including charities, not-for-profits and philanthropy, is a key part of our democracy. Charities are constantly advocating for a better Australia, but they can’t do this alone.


1 Dec 2017

This report argues that there is need for reforms to ensure that the current definition of charities, which recognises advocacy as a part of an organisation’s charitable purpose, be protected and advanced.

Working paper

24 Aug 2017

Australians are a generous bunch – with around 14.9 million adults (80.8%) donating $11.2 billion to charities and non-profit organisations (NPOs) over twelve months in 2015–16.


A report prepared by Creative Partnerships Australia for the Department of Social Services to assist the work of the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership
12 Jul 2017

This research draws on the experience of collective giving groups located across Australia and includes perspectives of organisations that host giving groups as well as charities which received grants from the giving groups.

Discussion paper

15 Jun 2017

This discussion paper considers potential reforms to the Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) tax arrangements.


Report series commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Social Services
5 Apr 2017

This first of five research reports from Giving Australia 2016 focuses on monetary giving by philanthropists and by philanthropic institutions including trusts, foundations and evolving forms of collective giving.


13 Mar 2017

This report has been built upon many months of research and analysis into the not-for-profit sector in New Zealand.

Our aim is to provide everyone in New Zealand society with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the critical role this sector plays in our...



13 Feb 2017

Despite the enormous number of charities in the world, more are established every year – and many also disappear. Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission data shows that, since 2012, 8,500 charities have been registered and more than 13,500 have been revoked.

Read the full...


15 Dec 2016

Each year through this publication CEDA delivers for members a reflection on the most influential and interesting speeches on the CEDA stage.

With a Federal Election here in Australia, and unexpected international events, from the Brexit result to the election of Donald Trump as...



18 Aug 2016

Wealth in Australia is becoming heavily concentrated among a tiny, super-wealthy elite. Manifestations of this inequality include signs of obscene wealth and extreme poverty.

Governments are struggling to tackle this problem. But could philanthropy be part of the solution?

The altruistic behaviour of...


4 Dec 2015

The Australian Charities Report 2014 is the first analysis of its kind, revealing previously unknown facts about the finances and sustainability of Australia’s charity sector.

Produced by the Centre for Social Impact in partnership with the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of...


4 Oct 2013

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) was established as the national independent regulator of charities on 3 December 2012. The establishment of the ACNC formed part of a broader program of reforms taking place at the Commonwealth level to support the not-for-profit (NFP) sector....


30 Jul 2013

Knight Foundation has supported nearly a dozen open contests, reviewed almost 25,000 applications and chosen more than 400 winning ideas. This report discusses what the Foundation has learnt from this experience about how good contests work, what they can do, and what the challenges are.


21 May 2008

Addressing graduating students of the Australian School of Business, University of NSW, Ian Darling looks at the role that corporate Australia and individual donors from the business community play in keeping the doors open for many Arts companies in this country.



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