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Obtaining Charity Status
Charities in Australia are able to access a range of tax concessions that can eliminate an organisation’s obligation to pay tax. In addition, charities can be authorised by State and Territory authorities to undertake public fundraising activities such as bingo, raffes and doorknock appeals. However, although any organisation is able to operate as a Not-For-Profit, that doesn’t automatically make it a charity. There are many rules and regulations that need to be considered when determining the charity status of an organisation.
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Strategy and Risk Checklist
An organisation without a strategic plan is like a ship without a rudder - it is at the mercy of its environment, blown around by the prevailing winds of opinion, unable to steer away from storms of misfortune, and never really taking its stakeholders to their destination. This checklist covers the basic criteria that every board should meet when developing a strategic plan and associated risk management plan.
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Good Governance Checklist
Good corporate governance starts with the right foundations. This checklist covers the basic criteria that every board should meet to establish a solid governance foundation upon which to build a successful organisation.
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10 Features of Highly Effective Boards
Great boards have a significant effect in adding value to an organisation that is not available from its current resources and means. Highly effective boards are the key difference between achieving good results and great results. Here are ten features commonly found in highly effective boards:
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Guide to Establishing a NFP Organisation
Establishing a Not-For-Profit organisation is not a diffcult task but there are a number of fundamental decisions that need to be made up front, the consequences of which won’t become apparent until sometime later. It pays to consider these choices wisely as they can have a significant impact on the way your organisation operates and can be diffcult to change later on.
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Board Effectiveness Checklist
As the ‘mind’ of any organisation, an effective board is essential for an organisation to achieve its objectives. Effective boards maximise the use of the limited resources of Directors, facilitate good decision making, and clearly communicate directions to senior management . This checklist covers the basic criteria that every board should meet to establish an effective board that maximises their organisation’s potential.
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Example Strategic Plan

The purpose of strategic planning is to provide clarity to the organisation by clearly articulating where an organisation wants to be in the future and the steps it plans to take to get there. To provide that clarity, a strategic plan needs to be widely distributed, easily accessible and simple to understand.

We strongly recommend that the strategic plan is constrained to a single piece of paper - something that can be easily handed out to management, staff, clients and other stakeholders; kept in a diary or pinned to the office wall for frequent reference.

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