As a nation, Australians can be a generous people. The massive fundraising response to the bushfires last summer is a case in point. In addition to direct financial giving, many Australians donate goods to charities and not-for-profits, volunteer their time, become involved with fundraising for a specific charity, or advocate and raise awareness for a cause or unmet need. In Australia there are over 50,000 registered charities which make up a diverse sector working across a broad range of areas, including health, education, social welfare, religion, culture, human rights, the environment and animal welfare.
How do you choose the right charity to match a righteous cause, so that your donation really does count? Why do people give, and how can it be done responsibly and effectively? What is philanthropy – could wealthier Australians do more to support the not-for-profit sector?
This book explains the latest trends in giving and explores the ethics and effectiveness of legitimate charities. In a time of great need, what can we do to make a positive difference?