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Australians Are Donating Less To Charity

Australian Charities Would Befit Hugely If People Left Bequests

Despite Australia ranking as the sixth most generous country in the world, it would appear Aussies themselves are making far fewer donations to charity. According to a recent report, Australian charities are coming to depend more on membership fees and user-pays services to generate income. Donations have dropped by roughly $1 billion during 2016, falling from $11.2 billion to $10.5 billion according to the Australian Charities Report 2016.

Oxfam Australia Says Government Needs To Crack Down On Tax Avoidance

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Oxfam Australia says that in the wake of the publication of the Paradise Papers, the country should create a global blacklist of tax havens and crack down on people and companies that use them. The aid agency says the extremely wealthy are robbing the poorest people in the world of much needed tax revenues and this can be avoided if countries such as Australia take concrete steps towards tax reform.

Australian Charities Fight Back Against Government Proposals To Limit Advocacy

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Australian aid agencies and charities have combined forces to fight against proposed government regulation that will limit their ability to campaign for policy changes. The coalition passed a strongly worded motion during a conference that was meant to kick start their agitation against the proposal.  In the coming weeks legislation is expected to be introduced in parliament that would either limit or outright ban the use of foreign donations for advocacy in Australia.

Caritas Australia Participating In Joint Appeal For Rohingya Refugee Crisis

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Caritas Australia says it is pleased that Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop made the announcement that there would be a joint emergency appeal launched by Australia’s leading aid agencies to help with the crisis in Myanmar and Bangladesh. Eight of Australia’s largest aid agencies have come together to plea for urgent funding to finance aid to nearly a million people that have been forced to flee the violence taking place in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.

Australian Woman Proves That Ordinary People Can Make A Global Difference

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Melody Towns lives by the adage that ordinary Australians can make a huge difference in the world. Six years ago, the mother from Sanford established a charity that sought to raise funds and awareness about human trafficking. Every year since then, the charity has managed to double its reach and significantly increase the money it raises. The charity which is called Be Her started off with a team of just ten people comprising friends of Mrs Towns. Now the charity has 300 volunteers spread throughout the country.

Caritas Australia Urges Government To Do More About Climate Change

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Eri from Kiribati aged 28 and father of three visited Australia recently to educate Australians about what is going on in his country. Following his visit to Australia, he attended the UN climate summit in Germany to make sure that he and his compatriots had their voices heard when it comes to determining the future of climate policy. Eri says the prospect of forced relocation as a result of climate change is very real and very grim.

Three Things We Should Know About Australian Generosity

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Every year the tax authorities delivers revealing insights into the generosity of Australians courtesy of a report titled Taxation Statistics which details every deduction made by individual tax payers claiming charitable donations. Whilst the report does not detail every contribution made towards a good cause it is an extremely rigorous study of the country’s altruism. Here are three takeaways from the latest ATO report.

JB Hi-Fi Helping Hands Workplace Giving Program Benefits The Company’s Bottom Line

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Richard Murray, CEO of JB Hi-Fi  isn’t talking about quarterly profits, instead he is discussing what he considers to be one his greatest achievements as leader of the retailer which has managed to deliver for its investors over the last 15 years despite huge shifts in the retail environment. Mr Murray prefers to talk about running one of the most engaged Workplace Giving programs in Australia which is known as “Helping Hands”. The program is so successful that nearly 80 per cent of JB employees donate to charity from every pay packet.

British Rugby Player To Run More Than 1000 Miles Across Australia For Chairty

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A former player with the York rugby team is preparing to run more than one thousand miles across Australia in order to raise money for charity. Robbie Dolan has played for both rugby teams in York as well as for Huddersfield and Bedford where he currently plays. Mr Dolan has timed his charity run to coincide with this year’s Rugby World Cup and will run between Melbourne and Brisbane over a period of 42 days and cover a distance of 1,118 miles whilst carrying a rugby ball. Mr Dolan calls the charity challenge, “The Longest Try”.

Man Treks Thousands Of Kilometres Across The Desert To Raise Money For Caritas Australia

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How many people who walk thousands of kilometres across the African desert by themselves with nothing more than an iPod and football for company? Very few of us would every think about attempting such a feat. However, that is exactly what Matt Napier an adventurer from Canberra did to raise money for Caritas Australia.

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