It is an attractive proposition to say we would gain significant efficiencies if there were a limited number of major providers of government-funded human services.
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.
Should government perform any tasks listed in the Yellow Pages?
Governments have come to realise that no one sector acting alone has the capacity or capability to solve complex social policy problems.
The vast majority of donations Australians make are on the spur of the moment.
Donors feel doubly let down when a charity they have supported falls short of the high standards of conduct expected of them.
Charities that fundraise across Australia – even if just through a website – are burdened with complying with red tape.
Australians' confidence in charities would be strengthened if any compliance action taken against them was made public.
In a world where educational opportunity is unjustly distributed, why should private schools be exempt from paying income tax?
In a world where educational opportunity is unjustly distributed, there are questions as to whether private schools should be exempt from paying income tax.
Only about one-third of all registered charities are eligible for tax-deductible donations.
The current system of determining which organisations can receive tax-deductible donations and which cannot is overly complex and ad hoc.
Roughly 60% of donors to Australian charities give on the spur of the moment.
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.