Category Archives: Legislation

Community Foundations Forum 2013


Foundation Barossa (in South Australia) is hosting this year’s Australian Community Foundations Forum.  Presented in conjunction with Philanthropy Australia and FRRR, this annual event brings together community foundations from around the country to network, share their experiences and benefit from … Continue reading

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Community Foundations Forum 2102 – the ACNC


The first session of the Community Foundations Forum we attended was given by Vanessa Meachen, Director, Research and Policy at Philanthropy Australia on the Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commission. Vanessa is the poor soul who has to put … Continue reading

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Tim Costello on issues in fundraising


Tim Costello, CEO of World Vision, was the guest speaker at a breakfast for not for profit CEOs at JBWere and jointly presented by Dakin Mayers and the Fundraising Institute of Australia. Tim spoke on a wide range of issues … Continue reading

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What I learned about PAFs at the Community Foundations Forum Pt 1


Not so long ago I wrote about the new draft guidelines and legislation for Public Ancillary Funds. The new regime will come into effect on 1 January, but there will be a three year period for Public Ancillary Funds to … Continue reading

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What the Victorian budget means for not for profits


Philanthropy Australia and the Office for the Community Sector invited Melbourne’s philanthropy community to hear the Treasurer, Kim Wells MP, speak about the impact of the Victorian state budget on the not for profit sector. The Treasurer was introduced by … Continue reading

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Federal Budget 2011


Of interest to all of us in the not for profit and philanthropy sector is the announcement in the federal budget of the establishment of the “Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission” (ACNC) to regulate the sector. It is intended that … Continue reading

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Artsupport Australia – what is it and can they help?


Artsupport Australia is a unit of the Australia Council. Its role is to assist in the development of philanthropy within arts organisations. They have an office or representation in every state, and work mainly with key arts organisations who receive … Continue reading

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a new not for profit regulator?


The Treasury Department is calling for submissions in response to a discussion paper on a scoping study for a new regulator for the not for profit sector in Australia. Some of the proposed functions of the regulator could include: • … Continue reading

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Family Foundations


Welcome to the new year. Family foundations are a good source of support for the arts in Australia. When I refer to family foundations I mean to differentiate them from community foundations and prescribed ancillary funds. I am specifically writing … Continue reading

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Australians’ changing attitude to philanthropy


A quick link to an article in the Sydney Morning Herald this week which talks about how donors are paying more attention to the outcomes of their support and more interested in giving strategically and in a more sustainable way, … Continue reading

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