Charities in the spotlight

New research reveals one in two Aussies aren’t maximising charitable tax savings

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New research released by CARE Australia today has found that despite four in five Australians (80 per cent) being aware they can claim charitable donations over $2 in their tax return, the disheartening reality is that awareness isn’t converting to contribution. The research, commissioned by the humanitarian aid not-for-profit organisation, was developed to drill down into the charitable habits of Australians at tax time. While findings showed many Australians are flexing their philanthropic muscles, half (50%) have admitted they aren’t donating every year, with one in eight Australians claiming to have never donated to charity in their life. “We are…

Major drop in Australian adoption figures concerning for the welfare of Australian children

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The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reported that only 208 adoptions were recorded nationally in 2023. Experts say these figures are concerning, as it’s the lowest ever on record. AIHW’s report highlights that in 2022, approximately 46,212 children were placed in the out-of-home care system. Renée Carter, CEO of Adopt Change expressed urgency around all children in Australia being provided with a stable home. “Evidence shows that the sooner a child is given stability and the environment in which to heal, the more likely they are to thrive. “More needs to be done to guarantee that when a child…

Wear your Uggs day set to raise funds for homelessness, as cost of living worsens

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  Ugg Express has announced its partnership with Mission Australia for its third annual year, as they will be donating 10 per cent of their profits to help aid homelessness. Australians will be encouraged to wear their Ugg boots on the first official day of winter, June 1. Data released by the ABS showed highlights that 122,000 people are homeless in Australia. Homelessness across the nation has risen by 5.2% between 2016 and 2021. In light of the current cost-of-living crisis and housing crisis in Australia, this only pushes more Australians into homelessness nationwide. Marketing Manager at Ugg Express, Laura Li,…

A legacy of kindness; a coin of gratitude

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A commemorative $1 coin celebrating 100 years of Legacy has been released by the Royal Australian Mint. Eric Easterbrook, Chairman of Legacy Australia, said Legacy was honoured to partner with the Royal Australian Mint to mark this special occasion. “Legacy has a long and rich history in Australia. For 100 years, we have been standing proudly as the only veteran service organisation in Australia dedicated solely to the care and support of our veterans’ families,” Mr Easterbrook said. “We’d like to thank the Mint for helping us commemorate this important milestone as we continue to keep the promise to our…

Give for Good and Orange Sky joining forces to provide support to people experiencing homelessness or hardship

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Following a successful one-year partnership in 2022, national charities Give for Good (Domino’s registered charity) and Orange Sky Australia have announced they are embarking on a three-year partnership to continue supporting people experiencing homelessness or hardship. Committing a further $50,000 per year to support Orange Sky’s work in Australia’s rural and remote communities over the course of the partnership so far, Orange Sky is the world’s first free mobile laundry and shower service to create a safe, positive and supportive environment for people experiencing homelessness who are often ignored or feel disconnected from the community. Give for Good has supported…

Radical Fashion: Worn For Good feels as good as it looks

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By now, we all know that fast, cheap fashion is a no-go for us and the planet.  We know that op-shops, circular fashion, natural fibres and living wages are a yes-go, but we should also know that Worn For Good, a circular fashion concept ticking all the right boxes.  Born from a love and history of social impact, the environment and fashion, founders Sophie Palmer and Pip Best found a way to do it all.  Not only are 100 per cent of profits made from the new and pre-loved clothes and accessories found on Worn For Good donated to charity,…

CARE Australia endorses historic pledge and leads push for a more equitable aid system

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A historic pledge for a more equitable aid system by 2030 has today been launched globally, with CARE Australia leading the charge to encourage other Australian international non-government organisations (INGOs) to sign onto the pledge. The Pledge for Change is a set of commitments to create closer partnerships with local and national organisations in a drive to shift more power, decision-making, and money to the places worst affected by crisis and poverty. Spearheaded by a prominent advocate for aid reform, Degan Ali, chief executive of Adeso, along with a number of INGO CEOs from around the world, the pledge focuses on three…

Audi Foundation celebrates its fifth year of supporting progressive charities to drive meaningful change

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The Audi Foundation, a corporate philanthropic foundation set up by Audi Australia and the Audi Australia Dealer Network, is marking a significant milestone in 2022: five years of supporting progressive Australian charities to drive meaningful change. Through its charity partners, the Audi Foundation has had a positive impact on over 6 million people across the country. The Audi Foundation provides funding to not-for-profit organisations that share the same focus to drive progress and create meaningful change in Australian communities. Since 2017, the Audi Foundation has been delivering support via three core pillars of activity: fuelling progressive approaches to medical technology…

Talking about Wills is not the most awkward family chat to have, reports Include a Charity

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Today is the start of Include a Charity Week which raises the profile of charitable gifts in Wills and provides an opportunity for supporter charities to convey their importance. Include a Charity has revealed the most awkward conversations Aussies have with their families, with Wills and inheritance not ranking in the top three – finding it’s not nearly as awkward as expected.  The Awkward Conversations research released today surveyed Australians aged 30-65 years and found thirty-six per cent of Aussies say that ‘the sex talk’ as a child or teenager was the number one most awkward conversation they have had with their parents, followed by…

Good Friday Appeal: Dig deep for the kids

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ISLA is one of the “Little Ambassadors” for the 2022 Good Friday Appeal. The eight-year-old is in remission after spending half her life in treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. Isla’s parents knew something was wrong five years ago when their bubbly and bright three-year-old daughter was no longer acting like herself. Isla had gone from being an active happy young child to constantly feeling lethargic, irritable and starting to catch every bug going around. Between April and May 2017, Isla’s mother Leanne took her to the doctor eight times with growing concerns. Following a blood test, Isla was diagnosed with…

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