You don’t need to be a billionaire to leave a charitable bequest, or to make a difference after you’re gone.p>
That’s the message driving Include a Charity Week, a national awareness campaign by 140 Australian charities seeking to encourage people to make a philanthropic gift when preparing or updating their wills.
“You don’t need to be a celebrity or really mega wealthy to think about doing it,” the board director of Include a Charity, Ross Anderson, told Give Now. “Every gift is important.”
Bequests form the foundation of many Australian charities, yet relatively few Australians make them, Mr Anderson said.Read more...
The Ice Bucket Challenge has saturated celebrities and social media feeds over the past few weeks and raised more than $79 million for the ALS Association, an American not-for-profit dedicated to fighting amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
The campaign has been a viral success – even former US president George W Bush has taken part – but it is not without it’s critics.
Nominated participants must donate to the cause and/or film themselves having a bucket of ice water poured on their heads, before daring others to do the same.Read more...
A record-breaking final month capped off a record-breaking financial year for online giving platform GiveNow.
More than $2.8 million was raised in June, taking the financial year's total to more than $8.5 million – $800,000 more than the previous year.
“We can’t be certain but based on where donations were directed, we have a suspicion that at least part of the increase in giving was a direct response to the recent federal budget,” Executive Director of GiveNow Kylie Cirak said.Read more...