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The most positive aspect of 2017 has been the way so many in the sector have come together to push back against those seeking to diminish it, writes CEO David Crosbie in Pro Bono News, 21 December 2018.

United with courage and the strength and optimism of our missions, we can build the just, fair, safe, inclusive, equal opportunity, creative, authentic, confident, kind, generous and compassionate Australia we want.

We will always raise our voices for our causes and our communities.  Join CCA members (again) in singing the 12 days of the Australia we want for Christmas…  Our very best wishes to you, your family and your community for hope, peace and fulfillment this Christmas and always.

CCA's  submission outlines nine measures the Community Council for Australia (CCA) believes will significantly strengthen Australia’s not-for-profit (NFP) sector and drive real economic savings for government over the coming financial year and beyond. 

If Australia is to be a just and fair society where we increase collective ownership of local issues and build flourishing communities, there needs to be a genuine commitment to supporting reforms across the charities and not-for-profit sector from government and other key stakeholders.  This is not about providing more funding to the sector, but about encouraging and supporting more effective and efficient organisations delivering better outcomes for our communities. 

Australia’s leading charities and peak bodies today expressed deep concern that the appointment of Dr Gary Johns to lead the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission indicates the government is intent on silencing Australians by destabilising charities.

‘Charities across Australia are shaking their heads in disbelief that a high profile anti-charity campaigner has been appointed to replace Susan Pascoe as head of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission (ACNC). 

If charities want to retain the ability to engage in advocacy, they will have to push back against those who believe participation in the public contest of ideas should be restricted to the rich and powerful, write Community Council for Australia CEO David Crosbie, in Pro Bono News, 7 December 2017.

CCA joined a delegation of charity leaders at Parliament House, urging parliamentarians to oppose any legislation that would stifle the voices of  Australian charities and restrict overseas philanthropic donations supporting their work.  

 

Recent studies show that an overwhelming majority of Australians support the idea that the voice of charities is an important part of our democracy and all politicians would do well to take note, writes David Crosbie, CEO of Community Council for Australia, Pro Bono News, 23 November 2017.

Leadership is fundamental to the change-making work we do for and with our communities.  Investing in our current and emerging leaders is critical to our future, although we often lack the resources to do this as much as we would like. 

The diminution of evidence-based public policy and the rise of vested-interest fuelled popularism means the public voice of charities has never been more critical, writes CEO of the Community Council for Australia, David Crosbie in Pro Bono News, 9 November 2017.