PRESSING MATTERS STORY OF THE WEEK
Profile: Ross Lewis (The Age, 26/10/11)
This philanthropist dreams of a society in which all are accepted as equals. Ross Lewis has been at the forefront of a revolution in the past 20 years to have disadvantaged people accepted into mainstream society, especially in the workforce. When he first started working in the sector, people with mental and physical disabilities were often institutionalised or parked in so-called “sheltered workshops”.
Consultation Paper on Definition of Charity
Treasury has released a Consultation Paper on the definition of charity. The paper seeks public views on possible approaches to implement the statutory definition of charity which was announced in the 2011-12 Budget. The Statutory Definition will guide the future of the sector and has potential to impact the majority of our Members either directly (if they are endorsed as charitable trusts or charitable institutions) or indirectly (via the purposes and organisations they fund).
The submission deadline is 9 December 2011. Philanthropy Australia will be submitting a response; we urge Members with comments or questions to contact Vanessa Meachen at firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday 24 November 2011.
Read the full Philanthropy Australia Policy Alert (Members access only)
Philanthropy Australia on YouTube
Philanthropy Australia now has a YouTube channel! We don’t yet have any original uploads (they’re coming), but our Favourites list contains a number of videos which might be of interest to the philanthropic community, usefully divided into categories including Legislation & Law, Philanthropy Profiles, Philanthropy News & Opinion and Philanthropy at Work. We’ll be adding more to the channel as we come across content.
New & updated this week:
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Nov. 04, 2011
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