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Hear from our Visiting Academics

We’re very lucky to have Dr Diana Leat and Dr Oonagh Breen currently visiting from the UK. Prof Diana Leat has been a consultant to various grantmaking foundations in the UK and Australia, reviewing their policies and practices and is an acknowledged international scholar of philanthropic trusts and nonprofit management and governance. Prof Oonagh Breen is a…

New Centre Director

We are thrilled to have Associate Professor Wendy Scaife appointed as the new Director of ACPNS. Wendy has an extensive involvement in the nonprofit sector and has been Acting Director for the past two years. She has built on the inspirational work and foresight of the founding Director, Prof Myles McGregor-Lowndes who will remain involved in…

Upcoming event on PBIs: What does the ACNC say?

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) is preparing a new Commissioner’s Interpretation Statement on Public Benevolent Institutions (PBIs) and the ATO intends to withdraw its outdated tax ruling. What are the differences? How have recent cases changed the view of what is a PBI? Has the definition contracted or expanded? Professional advisers, sector leaders and…

The Australian Sector Nonprofit Legal and Accounting Almanac

The latest edition of the Australian Sector Nonprofit Legal and Accounting Almanac is now available. The annual publication contains a summary of significant cases, legislation, and tax issues impacting on the nonprofit sector as well as topical updates written by practitioners. It also includes updates of legislative changes in all Australian jurisdictions. Significant Australian cases included…

New report on defining and accounting for fundraising income and expenses

A new report which examines the definitions of fundraising and formal Australian accounting standards to ascertain their impact on reporting fundraising transactions by not-for-profit entities is now available. Charities’ fundraising financial transactions should be reported in the interests of accountability, and the report should be publicly available. However, research shows that at present there is little…

Do professional advisers encourage philanthropy?

Since 2002, ACPNS has been surveying professional advisers to affluent Australians intermittently to seek their views and experiences around client and personal philanthropy. Why?: because professional advisers on finance, wealth management, law, accounting, taxation, estate management and beyond are an important nexus with people who have the capacity to channel significant funding into community need and…