Podcast - Charity Chat

Our podcast is a great way to stay informed about all things charity-related: issues facing the charity sector, charity operations and governance, and how charities can meet obligations to the ACNC.

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Episode 15 - How can charities manage conflicts of interest?

In this episode of Charity Chat, Ian Parry, Senior Manager of Compliance at the ACNC, joins us to speak about charities handling conflicts of interest. Ian briefly explains what a conflict of interest is before talking about the importance of being able to identify and manage them appropriately - and provides some tips for doing so.

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Episode 14 - How charities work with corporate partners

A discussion about how charities and businesses can work together to form mutually beneficial corporate partnerships. We look at the opportunities corporate partnerships provide, as well as tips for charities looking to work with a business to form a partnership. Corporate partnerships consultant Linda Garnett is our special guest for this episode of the podcast. The ACNC’s Charities and Corporate Partnerships guidance can be found on the ACNC website at acnc.gov.au/corporatepartnerships.

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Episode 13 - Assessing the risk of money laundering and terrorism financing

A discussion about the report released by the ACNC and AUSTRAC looking into the risks of money laundering and terrorism financing for charities and not-for-profits. Amongst details of the report's findings, we talk about the nature of the risks faced by charities and what they can do to mitigate them. You can read the full report, Australia’s non-profit organisation sector: money laundering and terrorism financing risk assessment, on the ACNC website at acnc.gov.au/nfprisk.

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Episode 12 - Do Australians trust charities?

Acting Commissioner Murray Baird is back to discuss the ACNC's latest research into public trust and confidence in Australia’s charities. We touch on the research methods before discussing the results and what they may mean for the charity sector.

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Episode 11 - How should charities interact with vulnerable people when fundraising?

In this episode of ACNC Charity Chat, Assistant Commissioner David Locke joins us to discuss the types of circumstances that can leave someone vulnerable, how charity fundraisers can recognise vulnerability in potential donors, the ways charity fundraisers should interact with vulnerable people, and the board’s responsibility for a charity’s fundraising activities.

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Episode 10 - Can charities pay their board members?

This episode of ACNC Charity Chat features Assistant Commissioner Murray Baird. We chat about the issue of board remuneration, and discuss what charities should consider if looking to pay their board members.

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Episode 9 - Reflections from Susan Pascoe AM

This episode of ACNC Charity Chat features the now former Commissioner, Susan Pascoe AM, giving her thoughts about the establishment of the ACNC, its first few years of work, and some of the challenges facing the charity sector.

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Episode 8 - Can charities get involved in advocacy?

We take a look at the issue of engaging in advocacy in this episode of Charity Chat. Assistant Commissioner Murray Baird outlines the boundaries of charity advocacy, makes the distinction between a charity’s activities and its overarching purpose, and reiterates the need for charities to make sure their activities of advocacy are tied to their charitable purpose.

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Episode 7 - Are charities getting the most out of their boards?

We discuss the importance of a charity investing in the board's education and training to be most effective. Commissioner Susan Pascoe talks about the benefits of spending time and money on the capacity of a board, she touches on some of the ways charities can do this, and even attempts to dispel the misguided perception that charities cannot use funds for this sort of thing.

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Episode 6 - Charities using fundraising agencies

Assistant Commissioner David Locke joins us to talk about charities' use of fundraising agencies. We discuss the legitimacy of charities using fundraising agencies, responsibilities for fundraising, and the importance of charities being fair and respectful when conducting fundraising activities.

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Episode 5 - Charities and administration costs

In this episode Assistant Commissioner Murray Baird is back to discuss charity administration costs. We talk about defining administration costs, the need to spend on administration, difficulties measuring and comparing administration costs and how the ACNC sees spending on administration.

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Episode 4 - How does the ACNC deal with concerns about charities?

In the latest episode of our Charity Chat podcast, we are joined by the ACNC's Director of Compliance Prue Monument to examine how we deal with concerns about groups in the sector, including the ACNC's role as charity regulator and how we work with charities to address any concerns.

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Episode 3 - Are there too many charities?

Commissioner Susan Pascoe AM is back in this episode to discuss the issue of the number of charities in Australia. We talk about the great diversity of organisations that make up the charity sector and the wide range of activities covered by Australia’s charities.

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Episode 2 - The charity sector

Commissioner Susan Pascoe AM joins us to discuss the charity sector in Australia. We talk about the size and significance of the charity sector, the types of organisations it is made up of, and the generosity of the Australian public.

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Episode 1 - What is a charity?

This episode features Assistant Commissioner Murray Baird talking about the origins of charity, what it takes to be a charity today, and the difference between charities and not-for-profits.

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