It is hard for donors to nonprofit organisations to know how much of their money goes to the cause they want to support.
Research shows just 16% of nonprofit organisations disclose their finances. The sector needs more accountability, not less.
The government has been criticised for its appointment of Gary Johns to head up Australia’s independent charities regulator.
Australians have reason to be apprehensive that some civil voices are not being heard in our liberal democracy.
Whether charitable giving functions like a market is part of a broader and complex debate within the sector.
Donors play a critical role supporting Australian charities, but we should not attribute them with more knowledge than they actually have.
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.
A medium-sized Australian charity will share more of its donors with the Salvation Army or the Red Cross than with Parkinson’s Australia.
Charities, like all brands, are in a constant battle for attention – and they must win eyeballs more than hearts.
Danny Nalliah leads both the Rise Up Australia political party and the Catch the Fire Ministries church.
Charities in Australia can be political. They can advocate and lobby to further their charitable purposes. But they can't be party-political.
How much tax – if any – do religious organisations pay in Australia?
Is it true that religious organisations are exempt from paying tax and from standard accounting and record-keeping obligations?
Former cricketer Shane Warne has strongly defended the work of his charitable foundation.
Despite failing to meet state government requirements, charities including the Shane Warne Foundation remain registered with the regulator.
Shane Warne says he is ‘disappointed’ with the recent performance of his charitable foundation.
The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission seems more focused on reducing red tape for the sector than scrutinising individual charities.
The rationale for cutting advisory bodies has been reducing red tape - but the loss can often be a valuable counter-opinion.
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The decommissioning of the Corporations and Markets Advisory Committee mans the government loses an independent source of advice - at a time they arguably need it.
Cardinal George Pell reportedly led Catholic Church lobbying of the government to abolish the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission.
The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) was created by the former federal Labor government and began operation in December 2012. It is so new that some charities are yet to be required…
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The minister responsible for the not-for-profit sector Kevin Andrews will abolish the regulatory body that monitors tax concessions.
Kevin Andrews, the minister responsible for the not-for-profit sector, has confirmed that the government will abolish the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission (ACNC) that began operation…