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The time to #FixFundraising was yesterday
May 2020: Not-for-profit working group established to investigate how charities can assist during and after COVID-19
In Mid-May, a not-for-profit working group was established by the National COVID-19 Coordination Commission (NCCC).
The working group will investigate how charities can help support communities during and after COVID-19.
The group will also look into supporting the charity sector with top priorities being dropping donation levels and fundraising regulation.
April 2020: Charities Crisis Cabinet advocates for fundraising reform in response to COVID-19.
- A crisis cabinet was formed in March with leaders from the not-for-profit sector, including Sue Woodward, co-head of Not-for-profit Law, Justice Connect.
- On 23 April, the Cabinet published an open letter to the government as well as a position paper calling for greater facilitation of fundraising activities so that charities can continue to operate during the pandemic.
We urge our #fixfundraising supporters to continue to encourage their Members of Parliament to raise awareness of this red-tape cost, and drive change. Download a sample letter below.
An easy fix
Our statement on fundraising reforms, made with our #fixfundraising partners, shows how we propose to fix the system. To fix this fundraising mess, the federal, state and territory governments should do three things:
- pass amendments to the Australian Consumer Law to make it clear that it applies to charities’ other not-for-profit organisations’ fundraising activities
- repeal the existing fragmented State and ACT fundraising laws, and
- work with Australian Consumer Law regulators, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission and sector bodies to produce a core mandatory code to function under the Australian Consumer Law multi-regulatory framework.
We continue to fight to #fixfundraising. Follow our fight on Twitter @nfp_law.
This is why we keep fighting for reform...
‘Several hours spent applying for Qld charity status with a regulated process that is hopelessly out of date plus paying $460 for an ad in the Courier Mail - not a great use of scarce funds which could have been much better used for our pilot program to provide postvention counselling & support to families impacted by suicide. As a practising accountant with 30+ years experience, the charity/fundraising compliance process would have to be one of the worst red tape experiences I've encountered. Well done on the work you are doing to have the process streamlined!’
Treasurer, Whitsunday Suicide Prevention Network