Australian Charities Ignoring High Value Donors


Pro Bono News
Hello and welcome to the latest news update from Pro Bono Australia.

This week the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) Australia warns that charities are at risk of losing valuable donors by not thanking them or informing them of what their donations are achieving.

Also, Not for Profit organisation, Bicycle Victoria wins the right to be called a charity but misses out on Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status.

As well, the Commonwealth Ombudsman Allan Asher delivers a speech declaring Government agencies must place a greater emphasis on social inclusion when approaching policy and service delivery.

Our news service is updated regularly online, so if you want to know what’s happening before your weekly update arrives in the inbox, just visit www.probonoaustralia.com.au/news

Lina Caneva – Editor, Karen Mahlab – Founder
Ryan Witcombe – Journalist

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Australian Charities Ignoring High Value Donors

Australian charities are at risk of losing valuable donors by not thanking them or informing them of what their donations are achieving – and this is heightened during disaster giving appeals, according to Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) Australia.

Bicycle Victoria Recognised as a Charity But Denied DGR Status

Self-funded Not for Profit organisation, Bicycle Victoria has won the right to be called a charity but has missed out on Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status.

Greater Emphasis Needed on Social Inclusion

Government agencies must place a greater emphasis on social inclusion when approaching policy and service delivery, according to the Commonwealth Ombudsman Allan Asher.

Including the Homeless Population in the Census

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has called on Not for Profit organisations to help raise awareness of the upcoming Census and the importance of including Australia’s homeless population.

Investing for NFP’s in Uncertain Times
CBA Finance News | Is there a magic wand to solve a Not for Profit’s investment conundrum? David Tagg, Head of Wholesale Investments at the Commonwealth Bank, provides investment advice for Not for Profit organisations facing uncertain times.

Refugee Biography Delivers Unique Cancer Research Funding Model

The success of comedian Anh Do’s biography, The Happiest Refugee, has delivered an unexpected and unique funding model for the Australian Cancer Research Foundation.

Vinnies Criticise Malaysia Deal

The St Vincent de Paul Society has criticised the Gillard Government’s Malaysia refugee deal, citing Australia’s responsibilities as a global citizen.

Telematics Trust Calls for ICT Funding Applications
Sponsored Article | Do you have an innovative educational project that needs funding? The Telematics Trust is calling for applications.

Poor Customer Service by Telcos Hits Poor the Hardest: Brotherhood

The Brotherhood of St Laurence has called for widespread reform of the telecommunications industry in response to the Australian Communications and Media Authority’s draft public inquiry report Reconnecting the Customer.


Social Enterprise ‘Taps In’ to Corporates to Fund Clean Water

With Australians spending $500 million per year on bottled water, a new social enterprise is aiming to use some of these profits to fund water projects in Africa and the Asia Pacific.

Peak Body for Older Australians Urges Support for UN Convention

The peak body for older Australians, COTA is calling on the Federal Government to support the adoption of a United Nations Convention on the Rights of Older People.

Constitutional Recognition Key for Australian Aborigines – Survey

Being recognised in the constitution is a top priority for indigenous Australians, according to a ground-breaking survey by the newly formed organisation, National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples.

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