The national charity regulator has launched a new online toolkit to help charities and their local Members of Parliament (MPs) connect and discuss important sector issues, an ACNC media release has announced.
The MP Charity Toolkit comprises new Charity Register functionality, which allows searches by federal electorate, and a series of 20 factsheets that cover topical charity sector issues, including fundraising, tax concessions, and safe giving.
The toolkit was developed in partnership with the Assistant Minister to the Treasurer, the Hon Michael Sukkar MP.
Assistant Minister Sukkar welcomed the launch of the MP Charity Toolkit and described it as a valuable resource for MPs and their staff.
“There are 55,000 registered charities operating across the country, delivering a range of vital services,” Assistant Minister Sukkar said.
“Registered charities provide our communities with education, health and aged care, places of worship, life-saving medical research, culture, social services, and housing.
“And while combined this sector has annual revenue of over $130 billion, over two-thirds of registered charities are small organisations, largely run by volunteers.
“The new MP Charity Toolkit will help my colleagues in the federal Parliament continue to engage with their local charities and support them in their charitable endeavours.”
Assistant Minister Sukkar explained that the sector and the public will also benefit from the new MP Charity Toolkit, enabling them to quickly and easily locate nearby charities.
“Registered charities looking to collaborate with another similar charity, or reach out to discuss local issues, will also be able to use the new search function,” Assistant Minister Sukkar said.
“Similarly, members of the public looking to donate their time, or goods and services locally will now be able to find charities of all sizes in their federal electorate.”
The new search function in the MP Charity Toolkit is simple to use, and links directly to the ACNC’s Charity Register – Australia’s first online database of charities.