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ASX Best Practice Corporate Governance Principles

Editor’s note: The adoption of codes such as the ASX Best Practice Corporate Governance Principles (outlined below) can assist Third Sector organisations to build an ethical culture. They will have a strong ethical culture when board and management lead with integrity, managers reinforce ethical conduct, peers display a commitment to ethics and the organisation integrates its values in day-to-day decision-making. The integration of Codes of Conduct and Ethics into the practice of the organisation, the … Continue reading

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New FIA principles and standards of fundraising practice

Recently the Fundraising Institute of Australia (FIA) launched an important new Code of Practice, Principles and Standards of Fundraising Practice, which allows Third Sector organisations to check how they should be operating and allows donors to recognise complying organisations.   Ethical fundraising is crucial to public trust in Third Sector organisations.  The Code plays an important part in setting the framework for appropriate transparency, accountability and ethical practice.  The principles are critical to how the fundraising profession … Continue reading

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Ethics on the study program

by Leo d’Angelo Fisher. Business Review Weekly, September 2010 Stung by criticism that MBA executives contributed to the global financial crisis, many leading business schools in the USA and Europe have responded by rewriting their MBA curriculums.  Fisher reports that the biggest shortcomings of the transgressors who brought the world’s financial system to the brink involve familiar keywords:  ethics, values, sustainability, responsibility and accountability.  He asks:  If business schools are not to blame for the … Continue reading

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Recent approaches to measuring social impact in the third sector: an overview

by Gianni Zappalà & Mark Lyons, CSI BP No.6, 2009. Summary by Gianni Zappalà. There is a growing interest in the measurement of social impact. In some countries, there are moves towards making the use of some form of social impact measurement framework or model compulsory for those Third Sector organisations that receive government funding. Three such social impact measurement approaches are gaining traction in Australia: Social Accounting and Audit (SAA); Logic Models such as … Continue reading

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Contribution of the Not-for-Profit Sector

Draft research report, The Australian Government Productivity Commission; 14 October 2009. This commissioned study by the Australian Government has an ambitious ambit. It seeks to measure Third Sector contributions to Australian society at the aggregate, organisational, and program level. In doing so, the Productivity Commission states that it aims to enhance organisational performance, transparency for stakeholders, and related public policy. Chapter Three reveals the Commission’s evaluation approach. The Commission employs the theory of change model … Continue reading

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SROI Act II: A Call to Action for Next Generation SROI

by David Lascelles and Sam Mendelson, Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation; June 2009. ‘Act II’ comes with more humility and empathy than is typically attributed to the founders of the SROI movement. REDF (The Roberts Enterprise Development Fund) pioneered the SROI approach through applying it to their work in re-employment services. Responding to years of criticism during their evangelisation of SROI as the way to measure impact, they now characterise social return on … Continue reading

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Disclosure Regimes for Charities and Not-for-Profit Organisations

by The Senate Standing Committee on Economics, Senate Printing Unit, Parliament House, Canberra, Australia; December 2008. Leaders of Australian third sector organisations may soon face new national disclosure regulations with the Australian Senate Standing Committee on Economics’ recent report on models to improve governance, accountability, and transparency in the not-for-profit sector. Historically, Australia’s legislation regulating not-for-profits came about in a piecemeal fashion, with lack of a coordinated approach to transparency and accountability. Charities are not … Continue reading

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Agreeing to Disagree: Maintaining dissent in the NGO sector

Gemma Edgar, The Australia Institute; August 2008. The Rudd government is currently floating the idea of a National Compact to strengthen its relationship with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as part of its social inclusion agenda for Australia. Gemma Edgar of the Australia Institute provides a detailed discussion of the pros and cons of such a Compact, with a particular focus on implications for advocacy NGOs. On the plus side, a Compact would aim for a better … Continue reading

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Can the Rich Save the World? An interview with Matthew Bishop and Michael Green

Caroline Hartnell, Alliance Magazine; October 1, 2008. Matthew Bishop coined the term ‘Philanthrocapitalism’ in an essay for The Economist in February 2006, referring to the movement to make non-profits more like businesses and create new markets for goods and services with positive social impact. In their new book: Philanthrocapitalism: How the rich can save the world, Bishop and co-author Michael Green probe the potential they see when philanthropy combines with capitalism to benefit society. They … Continue reading

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