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How the Theology of the Faithful Steward Shapes our Ministry
February 18, 2021
Articles and Resources

I was recently reading an article by Dr Zenet Maramara, a Director of our good friends Global Trust Partners, about the theology of stewardship. Whether we build up faithful stewards or help ministries follow standards, our instruction has deep roots in God's Word. I commend it to your reflection!

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CMA Standards Council Partners take note
February 16, 2021
Partner News

We are considering whether the CMA Standards Council should make a submission regarding the proposed new legislation. If you are a Board or staff member of one of our Partners, please note that we will be circulating to our contact at each of our Partners a Zoom link for a brief meeting to discuss any concerns you may have about the new legislation. We also have a Sector Forum meeting with the ACNC locked in for 29 March, so if you have any other issues you would like us to raise with the ACNC please let us know at that Zoom meeting and we will attempt to get them on the ACNC’s agenda for discussion.

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Applications are Open for The Board Internship
February 16, 2021
Standards Council News

CMA in partnership with Korus Connect have officially launched ‘The Board Internship’, which equips young Christians for future board service by giving them the opportunity to be immersed in a working board environment.

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Proposed changes to ACNC Governance Standards – have your say!
February 16, 2021
Standards Council News

We have been contacted by the ACNC seeking input into proposed new Government regulations which will expand the obligations of registered charities and their Boards.

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The National Redress Scheme and Your Board
December 4, 2020
Articles and Resources

The Commonwealth Government recently gave notice of its intention to legislate to “incentivise” all relevant charities to join the National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse. It has now released draft legislation and is seeking comment by 8January 2021.

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5 tips for choosing an auditor
November 4, 2020
Articles and Resources

Auditors are important, and selecting an auditor requires careful consideration. The CMA Standards Council has written a brief article offering five tips for getting that decision right.

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Anglicare Tas joins the fold!
October 27, 2020
Partner News

We are delighted to announce that Anglicare Tas has become an accredited Partner of the CMA Standards Council. Anglicare Tas is one of Tasmania’s largest and most respected providers of support services to the people of Tasmania.

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6 Key Considerations for Budgeting in Changing Times
October 28, 2020
Articles and Resources

Budgeting effectively when so much is unknown can feel overwhelming. Now is the time to think about the changes your ministry can make to position itself for the new future we face. Use these 6 steps prepared for ECFA (our counterpart in the US) to assess and modify your budget.

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Bank error – Not in your favour!
October 7, 2020
Articles and Resources

From time to time charities need to change signatories on their bank accounts, or open new bank accounts. Sometimes however this seemingly simple task is not as easy as it sounds! Banks often incorrectly query the wrong directory to determine your responsible people.

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Crisis Stewardship and Giving: Six Practical Generosity Insights
October 2, 2020
Articles and Resources

Generosity and accountability are two sides of the same coin – each encourages the other, so that in the end there is more coin! We commend our good friend Gary Hoag’s latest article on stewardship and generosity in a time of crisis.

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Someone out there appreciates us!
September 10, 2020
Partner News

We recently came across an article written by Kevin Keegan, the National Director of Far East Broadcasting (FEBC) in a publication by Global Trust Partners. FEBC was one of the first Foundation Partners of the CMA Standards Council.

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Can a charity be both Christian and a Public Benevolent Institution – we say yes!
September 7, 2020
Standards Council News

The CMA Standards Council cares deeply about the governance and regulation of Christian organisations, and accordingly has made a submission that the ACNC should change its policy so that a charity can be registered both as a PBI and as having a Christian purpose.

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What’s happening at the ACNC? - Changes to the 2020 AIS and disclosure of Government grants
September 1, 2020
Standards Council News

At the most recent ACNC Forum, which the Executive Director of the CMA Standards Council attends, the ACNC confirmed that it is planning changes to the 2020 AIS.

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Congrats to our latest Foundation Partner!
May 8, 2020
Partner News

The CMA Standards Council is delighted to welcome Churches of Christ in Victoria & Tasmania Inc as a Foundation Partner.

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Let's celebrate our Partners
June 10, 2020
Partner News

CMA Standards Council want to celebrate our Partners, and we have placed another advertisement in Eternity magazine doing just that!

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Relief for smaller charities from some Whistleblowing requirements
November 14, 2019
In the Media

ASIC has announced that small and medium charities which are companies limited by guarantee will now not have to prepare and adopt a Whistleblower Policy document.

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5 Steps to More Effective and Accountable Leadership for Church Councils
November 9, 2019
Articles and Resources

Recent research by ECFA into its 800-plus church members discloses five things which very effective church Boards / Councils do well.

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Donor intent – Only Unmistakable Integrity will do

When a charity makes an express or implied promise that a gift will be used for that purpose, it is essential to follow through.

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