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The time to #FixFundraising was yesterday
In a blow to the #fixfundraising campaign, the Federal government (in its 6 March 2020 report) has rejected the recommendation of its own expert panel by:
- refusing to reform fundraising through use of the Australian Consumer Law supported by a mandatory Code of Conduct, and
- failing to embrace a nationally-consistent, fit-for-purpose regulatory regime that will help charities and not-for-profits fundraise effectively
In the Coalition for fundraising reform's response to the report, Justice Connect's Sue Woodward said,
'The reality is that the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), working with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC), is the best placed body in Australia to ensure intregrity in charitable fundraising.'
Read the Coalition's media release below for its full reponse to the Federal government report.
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‘Several hours spent applying for Qld charity status with a regulated process that is hopelessly out of date plus paying $460 for an ad in the Courier Mail - not a great use of scarce funds which could have been much better used for our pilot program to provide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