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Isn’t always easy to practice what you preach – even inadvertently. Joe Giddens/PA Wire/PA

Why ethical investing is hard for big charities

Health charities should probably avoid investing in booze – but sometimes it can be hard to tell. So how do charities avoid the pitfalls?
Traditional nonprofits help ensure aid gets to ‘hidden’ populations like the homeless. Reuters

Why the world still needs nonprofits

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.'
If charities spend all their time quantifying their work, they won’t be able to do it. Marcos Mesa Sam Wordley via Shutterstock

Obsessively auditing charities stops them from doing their job

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…
We can’t always see no evil. Alicakes

Charity campaigns may cause outrage, but shock sells

A campaign for Pancreatic Cancer Action recently stirred up controversy over advertising “shock tactics”. In the advert, genuine sufferers of the disease stated to camera that “I wish I had testicular…

National regulation ineffective for charities

The scrapping of the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC) should not be seen as discouraging, considering…
Rather than capping fees, introducing competition may be the way to deal with disquiet over fees charged by trustee companies managing charitable trusts. Flickr

Let market forces prevail to address charity trustee gouging claims

The current review over the regulation of trustee companies has revealed significant problems with how trustee companies are paid for managing charitable trusts. Submissions to the review claim that the…

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