The record donation by Twiggy Forrest highlights the rise of more strategic philanthropy, which tries to tackle the root causes of complex problems through collaboration, research and advocacy.
As these tax-exempt vehicles transform philanthropy, they’re drawing more scrutiny. Will Congress or the Trump administration tinker with the rules that encouraged their rapid growth?
If we continue to base our views of the charity sector on incorrect assumptions and perceptions we run the risk of doing considerable damage to a national asset.
Governments have come to realise that no one sector acting alone has the capacity or capability to solve complex social policy problems.
Donors feel doubly let down when a charity they have supported falls short of the high standards of conduct expected of them.
Constant staff rotations makes it difficult to pass on knowledge about an emergency situation.
Australians' confidence in charities would be strengthened if any compliance action taken against them was made public.
Charities' victory in inheritance case a relief for legacy fundraisers, but raises wider questions about individuals' motives.
In a world where educational opportunity is unjustly distributed, there are questions as to whether private schools should be exempt from paying income tax.
The current system of determining which organisations can receive tax-deductible donations and which cannot is overly complex and ad hoc.
Giving is changing, moving more into the online realm and taking on different forms – and some charities are struggling to keep up.
We’ve put together an infographic snapshot of the key numbers and trends regarding Australian charities and giving.
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President Trump recently repeated his pledge to eliminate the 63-year-old law, which bans charities from engaging in political activities, at the National Prayer Breakfast.
Charities, like all brands, are in a constant battle for attention – and they must win eyeballs more than hearts.
Charities in Australia can be political. They can advocate and lobby to further their charitable purposes. But they can't be party-political.
A new Chinese law giving police powers over foreign NGOs is indicative of a global trend to restrict the political space available for civil society.
There's a huge divide in thinking between academia and international development on the role of the internet in economic growth.
Research suggests the answer, surprisingly, may be no, but behavioral science offers a few ways to encourage the wealthy to open their wallets a little wider.
Given Trump's substantial conflicts of interest, the foundation's admission of self-dealing should sound a warning to both the president-elect and voters as he takes the oath of office.