Call to not-for-profit and philanthropy researchers

When the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) commences on 1 October 2012, part of its function will be to improve public understanding of the work of the sector.  An important part of this function will be to work closely with the existing research community, including both academic researchers and researchers within not-for-profits, to facilitate and support research into not-for-profits and charities.

The ACNC Taskforce is developing its research strategy and is keen to hear from researchers about how it can best support their work. One option under consideration is establishing a regular forum for engaging people with an interest in research relating to charities and not-for-profits. This could take the form of a mailing list, regular meetings, or the establishment of an online community.

Another would be to bring together some of the existing databases of resources and promote the work of the research community through the Commission’s website.

Other possibilities include:

  • Collaborating on or supporting research projects in various ways
  •   Assisting to identify areas of research need, such as challenges faced by the sector or knowledge gaps
  •   Building stronger links between NFP researchers and Commonwealth government agencies

The ACNC Taskforce is seeking the input of researchers about the best ways to develop close and productive working relationships. To offer feedback or just to get in touch, please contact Dr Fiona Tweedie, researcher, ( or Dr Joyce Chia, senior policy officer, ( You can also join the conversation on the Aussie Charities and NFPs forum on LinkedIn at

Sep. 13, 2012

 Tags: research & information, government, general, education, advocacy

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