Right now charities have a unique chance to re-define our relationship with government writes CCA CEO David Crosbie in Pro Bono News. The principle of shared commitment to improving outcomes for our communities must be the starting point and the end point.
AN OPEN LETTER TO AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENTS FROM THE CHARITIES CRISIS CABINET, 14 June 2020
The Charities Crisis Cabinet has written to the Prime Minister, Premiers and Chief Ministers asking them to address several measures across Federal and State jurisdictions to ensure charities can continue to serve their communities and provide much needed services. The measures promote giving, reduce red tape, enable access to new capital and support increased productivity. Over the next 12 months and beyond, charities and not-for-profits want to be part of the solution, part of rebuilding our communities and boosting our economy.
To create jobs, boost economic activity and strengthen support for our communities Government should turn its ‘laser-like focus’ on job creation towards charities, writes CCA CEO David Crosbie in Pro Bono News, 11 June 2020.
Australian charities employ 1.3 million people, rely on over 3.5 million volunteers, turn over more than $150 billion each year, and contribute 8% of Australia’s GDP. They are vital to our economy and to our communities. New research shows 200,000 charity jobs are now at risk.
Where we draw lines between ‘us’ and ‘them’, included and excluded, as we respond to a crisis like C19 says a lot about who we are, what we value, about our own humanity. The best lines are not about labels and categories, but about need writes CCA CEO David Crosbie in Pro Bono News, 28 May 2020.
The past six months have demonstrated that the shortest route to greater trust is pursuing common good, not sectional interests – this is true for charities and government. As we move into a post COVID-19 retraction of government expenditure and an economic recession, the capacity to demonstrate the value charities provide our communities may well be the most critical factor in determining how vulnerable we are CCA CEO writes David Crosbie in Pro Bono News, 14 May 2020.
Australian charities have demonstrated in this crisis that they are effective advocates to governments. Now they need to look beyond governments to better engagement with their communities - and it would be real step backwards if the not-fit-for-purpose in the 21st Century dog's breakfast of fundraising regulation became the biggest barrier to charities being able to pivot and focus their efforts on stronger local connections and support, writes CCA CEO David Crosbie.
AN OPEN LETTER TO AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENTS FROM THE CHARITIES CRISIS CABINET, 23 April 2020
The Charities Crisis Cabinet has written to the Prime Minister, Premiers and Chief Ministers calling for urgent fundraising reform. Now is the time to support giving with a set of fundraising rules fit for these times.
The Charities Crisis Cabinet has released a Position Paper on Enabling greater charitable fundraising during COVID-19 crisis, 20 April 2020.
Fundraising is the biggest red tape burden for the charities sector. This position paper provides a clear and effective measure that could be easily implemented with goodwill and cooperation between our governments to support our charities and our communities at this time.
Rebuilding the economy will become the major focus of government post COVID-19. It is within this context that charities will increasingly need to demonstrate their value to communities, to Australia, to our economy writes CCA CEO, David Crosbie in Pro Bono News, 16 April 2020.