GIVING STATS ARE OUT | Australian giving a mixed bag in 2018-19

Mixed news for nonprofit organisations from Australia’s longest available generosity data as total donations and average amount donated rise in 2018-19, but the percentage of taxpayers claiming a donation has fallen to the lowest figure in four decades.

The yearly report produced by ACPNS uses Australian Taxation Office data dating from 1978 to crunch the numbers on tax-deductible giving.

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Tea and Buns Community of Practice ReconciliationReconciliation – What does it mean to your nonprofit?  

At this Tea & Buns, Mark Watego, Managing Director of Meeting Place Consultancy, joined Ruth to discuss the importance of understanding First Nation history, culture and health; how to take action toward reconciliation in your workplace and the community and; why organisations should have a Reconciliation Plan.

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Quarterly Case Notes Summary | Latest now available 

Researchers at ACPNS scan Australia and the world constantly for legal cases that involve important issues concerning charities, nonprofit organisations, philanthropy, gifts and bequests. The first quarter summary for 2021 is now available via eprints and includes significant cases involving charity law, trading, trustees, tax, mergers, fundraising, volunteers and bequests.

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BSN550 Responsible EnterpriseBSN550 Responsible  Enterprise: Preparing you for the future of Business

Growing environmental and social consciousness in consumers is now requiring companies to achieve these economic benefits ethically and sustainably, endeavouring to minimise their operational impact on people and the planet. If you want to get ahead in the world of sustainable enterprise,BSN550 Responsible Enterprise is the way to do it!


Social Impact Evaluation Principles and Practices New QUTEx Course | Social Impact Evaluation, Principles and Practices

If you’re working in a nonprofit or social enterprise organisation, this short QUTeX course is for you! This course introduces the principles and practice of evaluating the effectiveness of program activities using evaluative and strategic thinking.

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Congratulations Wendy ScaifeCentre Director Wendy Scaife | ProBono Changemaker

We are so proud of our kind and fearless leader, Associate Professor Wendy Scaife – and so chuffed when others in the sector also appreciate how special she is and how important her research is! This article by Maggie Coggan published in ProBono, Creating a legacy of giving for future generations, celebrates Wendy’s tireless efforts to shine a light on fundraising and philanthropy in Australia – and outlines why she’s this week’s Changemaker! A fabulous read and great questions about her guiding values and the legacy she wants to leave behind.

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Presentation and Paper | Perceptions and conceptions of ‘place’ in Australian public foundations

ACPNS researcher, Dr Alexandra Williamson recently presented her paper, ‘Perceptions and conceptions of ‘place’ in Australian public foundations’ at QUT’s Centre for Future Enterprise’s E-Future Enterprise Forum.

Find out more about the research and access the recording here.



What does a nonprofit organisation or a social enterprise need to thrive? And how is its effectiveness and efficiency measured?

There are questions we’re often asked. The Developing Your Organisation (DYO) blog, developed by ACPNS, is a valuable resource for you and your organisation, designed to give you the skills and know-how to create a sound organisational structure and improve your organisation’s governance and functioning.

Each month we post great tips and easy-to-implement practices to help your nonprofit thrive. So tune in and get excited about this fab blog – you’re going to love the simple tricks and tips to get your nonprofit or social enterprise buzzing!

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New research on publicness and the identity of public foundations

Australian foundations have traditionally sought and received high levels of privacy and are often reluctant to disclose information publicly. This research, conducted by ACPNS’ Dr Alexandra Williamson and QUT’s Dr Belinda Luke, investigates understandings of publicness in the context of public foundations in Australia by examining how perceptions of publicness inform and influence the practice and conduct of those grantmaking foundations. This short video introduces the research and explains how it provides insights for donors, beneficiaries, and regulators.

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Thanks to The Foundation Review for publishing this article | Williamson, A., & Luke, B. G. (2019). Publicness and the identity of public foundations. The Foundation Review, 11(3), 68-80. doi: 10.9707/1944-5660.1482


New research on strengthening accountability through including beneficiaries in your evaluation processes

What role do beneficiaries have when it comes to accountability in nonprofit organisations? Do beneficiaries have a right to be included in accountability processes and how might this be done? Could beneficiaries’ participation in evaluating the organisation offer a way of doing this?

This short video from PhD candidate and ACPNS researcher, Kylie Kingston provides a short overview of her research about “The empowerment of beneficiaries within nonprofit organisations, through their participation in evaluating the service.” If you’re a nonprofit leader, CEO or Board member, you’ll no doubt find this an interesting watch.

Watch the video | Read more about Kylie’s research