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The kids are alright, so why not include a charity

Posted September 9, 2014

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.

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GIVING DOCTOR: Ice Bucket Challenge – good or bad?

Posted August 26, 2014

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.

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Record-breaking year for online giving

Posted August 22, 2014

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.

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