Charities in the spotlight

Don’t let your good cause die with you


OVER one hundred charities are encouraging Australians to leave gifts in their wills to ensure their ideals live on. Include a Charity Week, which runs from 6-12 September, aims to get people thinking about how the material legacy they’d like to leave behind when they’re gone could make all the difference to their favourite non-profit. CEO of Fundraising Institute Australia Katherine Raskob said a key part of the Week is an online ‘What Kind of Legend Are You?’ quiz. Anyone can take the quiz to understand how their life stories and values relate to some of Australia’s best-loved charities including…

Innovative Foster Care program continues to expand across Australia


OZCHILD has launched Treatment Foster Care Oregon program (TFCO) in South Australia, just in time for Foster Care Month this September.  Developed as an alternative to residential care, TFCO is a targeted intervention for children and young people who display complex and extreme emotions. These behaviours get in the way of healthy relationships with family members or long-term foster carers.  Chief Executive Officer of OzChild, Dr Lisa Griffiths said the aim of the program is to keep vulnerable youth out of residential care and into family homes.  “Wherever possible children and young people should live within families, not staffed residential…

COVID isolation is affecting bereaved parents


DEMAND for support services for new parents has soared over the past year as COVID-19 has created additional anxiety and crisis for families. COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions are placing additional stress on parents dealing with the grief of losing a child, forcing them to navigate traumatic experiences without the support from their friends and families. Since July 2020, Australian charity Red Nose has seen a 40 per cent increase in counselling sessions for families who have lost a child, and a 45 per cent increase in calls to their grief and loss support line. Co-CEO of Red Nose Australia, Keren…

How disadvantaged women can overcome employment barriers


SUPPOSE you are a woman looking for a job, been in and out of the workforce, passionate about clothing, committed to sustainability and looking for a career in retail with no experience. How do you crack an opportunity to achieve your desire? Fitted for Work, an independent not-for-profit organisation that champions and changes women’s working lives, is here to help. They are launching RED, a new Retail Experience Development program designed to assist women experiencing employment barriers. General Manager Amanda Carlile said the impetus for the new program came from their social enterprise retail outlet Conscious Closet which has sold…

Hero in life and death


WHEN former paramedic John Griffiths suffered a catastrophic brain haemorrhage after a fall, his teenage children were left with a daunting choice. Do they honour his organ donor registration and donate his organs after his death? Phoebe, now eighteen and in her final year of high school, said, “It was a big question to put on a sixteen-year-old.” “At the time you’re going through so much, so many emotions; you’re not in the right headspace to be making those decisions.” In Australia, the decision to donate your organs and tissue will ultimately fall to your family once you’ve passed away.…

New research reveals 2 in 3 Aussies would give more to charities that track and safeguard donations


WITHOUT systems in place to effectively manage spending and donations, many of Australia’s 600,000-odd charities can be left vulnerable to the potential misappropriation of funds. Now, new research reveals 90 per cent of Australians believe that charities need an expense management system in place to identify and prevent fraud, and 61 per cent would donate more to charities if they had such a system in place.  The findings were derived from a survey of an independent panel of 1000 Australians, commissioned by DiviPay (, Australia’s first virtual corporate card and expense management platform. From the survey, DiviPay also discovered that…

WASH House Inc. appoints sector leader for its next phase of growth


WASH House Board has announced the appointment of Dr Trishima (Trish) Mitra-Kahn as Executive Officer commencing 3rd May 2021. WASH House is a community-based frontline service for women, based in Mount Druitt. Over the past five years alone, WASH House has delivered over 3250 specialist counselling sessions, 23,000 group support sessions and supported over 800 survivors of domestic violence via intensive case management to remain safely in their home or to relocate to safer accommodation in the Blacktown Local Government area. WASH House Chairperson Jo Fuller said, “Dr Mitra-Kahn is an exceptional appointment and a well-respected sector specialist. Next year,…

‘Roughin’ It’ to pay it forward for homeless Victorians


From April 16 to 23, people were invited to participate in The Roughin’ ItChallenge, hosted by Launch Housing. The aim of the cause was to raisemoney and awareness for homeless Victorians. With the choice of one, three or five days, participants were required to ‘roughit’. This meant living without the normal creature comforts; no bed, one bag andunder ten dollars a day. Launch Housing’s General Manager of Campaigns and Engagement, HowardRalley played a significant role in designing the challenge and also took part init himself. Not only was it an opportunity to put oneself in the shoes of those who sleeprough,…

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