Micro-volunteering has micro-benefits. It's better to get into volunteering for the longer term.
Who can speak to power and how?
Not all lobbying is bad. Some of it does a lot of good.
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Meaning well and doing good are great, but organisations can do more harm than good if they're not careful.
Who gets what?
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Some charities get millions and have a large number of assets, but they're also doing more too.
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Potential donors must able to put their trust in charities.
Ice Bucket challenge: for you or the cause?
Effective altruists say you should make the greatest difference – here's a better way to get people giving.
Anglican Dean of Brisbane Dr Peter Catt is leading a sanctuary offer to asylum-seekers facing deportation to Nauru.
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In offering to open church buildings across Australia as places of sanctuary for asylum seekers, church leaders are appealing to an ancient notion of how we should treat people in need of protection.
One Alan Bennett with Miss Shepherd, the lady in the van.
The film transcends its feelgood marketing campaign to contribute to current debates around charity and its practical implications.
Traditional nonprofits help ensure aid gets to ‘hidden’ populations like the homeless.
Giving cash directly to the needy is a growing trend, but in most cases it's not nearly as effective funneling donations through a charity with 'boots on the ground.'
Pushing our luck. Without a food policy, Britain is struggling.
Britain is more worried about being a food trader than building a system that properly feeds its people.
Dame Shirely Bass is one of the faces of the RNIB’s See the Need campaign.
RNIB and Alistair Morrison
A blind academic says a new campaign by the RNIB is offensive.
IWF moves will control only the most visible child abuse images online.
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The Internet Watch foundation is to share its database of abusive image digital signatures in a drive to clean up the internet.
Dead and gone.
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A stalwart of the charity sector is dead and gone - so now what do we do?
Many charities have no option but to operate on a hand-to-mouth basis.
When funding comes sporadically with strings attached, how can vital services keep running?
Australian moral philosopher Peter Singer is a strong advocate of effective altruism, and has written a book on the movement called The Most Good You Can Do.
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Australians donate around A$2.4 billion to charity each year, but how many lives does that impact? Effective altruism is a social movement focused on maximising the impact of your donated time and money.
On the ground experience.
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There are NGOs in Nepal with long-standing disaster prevention programs, well-positioned to help coordinate relief.
If charities spend all their time quantifying their work, they won’t be able to do it.
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The goal of youth-centred charities is to provide a public benefit by helping and caring for young people in a variety of ways. The public, government, and funders should do their best to support these…
Charity builds Smiley Happy Workers.
We are used to the idea that workers respond to financial incentives, whether it’s a bonus or wage increase, but it might be that bosses can boost workers’ performance by appealing to their altruism, not…
The headmaster of Tristram Hunt’s former school in Hampstead has given him a telling off.
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The furore over the suggestion by shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt that private schools need to contribute more to state education or face the removal of their tax breaks has been predictable…
At least they’re trying.
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I was living and working in Africa at the time of Band Aid 1984. I found the song Do They Know it’s Christmas? cloying, but I recognised that it was mobilising ordinary citizens towards concern and compassion…