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Investing in the wellbeing of our young people: the Nest project

Posted on 30/08/12 by Connecting Up N...
A national initiative called the Nest Project is looking at ways to improve and invest in the wellbeing of Australia's young people, and encouraging organisations and individuals to get involved.

The ACNC uses social media to connect with charities

Posted on 29/08/12 by Connecting Up N...
It is not unusual to hear about charity organisations using social media to connect with followers and supporters. Yet taking this means of communication one step further is the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC), who are using Facebook, YouTube and Twitter to get in touch with the charities themselves.

What's new with the ACNC?

Posted on 28/08/12 by Connecting Up N...
On October 1, the new Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) is set to open its doors for operation. In the lead-up to this much-anticipated day, the Implementation Taskforce and interim commissioner Susan Pascoe have been releasing important information, to help charity organisations across the country understand how this change will affect the sector.

ACNC Bill introduced to Parliament

Posted on 27/08/12 by Connecting Up N...
Last week's announcement that the ACNC Bill had been introduced to Parliament (August 23) has been met with applause from the Australian Charity and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) Taskforce. The bill, which is set to reduce red tape in the Australian charity sector and reduce the unnecessary regulatory obligations faced by the industry, is a major step forward for national charity regulation, said assistant commissioner Murray Baird.

Hunger an important issue in metropolitan NSW

Posted on 23/08/12 by Connecting Up N...
Areas of western Sydney and the New South Wales Central Coast region are among those hardest-hit by the issue of hunger, according to one Australian charity executive. Foodbank NSW chief executive Gerry Andersen asserted that working poor families are hit especially hard by high costs in these area, including general cost of living expenses, as well as electricity and rent costs.

Eradicating racism through social media: One Paramatta's ambitious goal.

Posted on 23/08/12 by Ben Teoh
Earlier this year our news team picked up the One Parramatta story and it struck a chord with many of you. With the launch of episode 2, we asked Delphine Vuagnoux & Priscilla Brice-Weller from All Together Now, the organisation behind the campaign to share how and why they're using social media as a tool for social change.

Results from Foodbank's first End Hunger report announced

Posted on 22/08/12 by Connecting Up N...
In order for charity organisations to provide adequate support and assistance to those in need, it's important that they have a good understanding about the requirements of the people they're aiming to help. One way to go about this is by conducting comprehensive surveys, reports and studies - the results can provide useful information about the challenges facing certain groups.

Are you taking part in Enviroweek 2012?

Posted on 22/08/12 by Connecting Up N...
We are currently halfway through Enviroweek 2012 (August 20 to 24), and many community and charity organisations are taking part. Are you doing your bit for the environment? The initiative behind the campaign, Cool Australia, is encouraging people to make a pledge during the week that will go to support the environment.

PM's partner takes part in the Kidney Kar Rally

Posted on 22/08/12 by Connecting Up N...
Prime Minister Julia Gillard's partner Tim Mathieson participated in one of Kidney Health Australia's charity events this week, the Kidney Kar Rally. Doing his bit for a good cause, Mr Mathieson drove in the first leg from Mandurah to Kalgoorlie in Western Australia.

Making sense of open-source CMS for your not-for-profits

Posted on 21/08/12 by Ben Teoh
Need to make a decision about which content management system to use? Here's a quick look at three of the top open-source CMS solutions and how they compare.

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