A new book suggests sweeping changes should be made to the way charities are run

A new book suggests sweeping changes should be made to the way charities are run

A new book suggests sweeping changes should be made to the way charities are run

15 August 2011

McCullough Robertson, as part of its Community Partnerships programme, has hosted a launch for a book which suggests sweeping changes to the way charities are run.

Author of It’s the Community, Stupid!  Colin Ball says that 'charity law' ought to be scrapped and that the word 'charity' be expunged from the sector’s vocabulary.

'Instead, it ought to be recognised that openness, inclusivity and ‘for the common good’ are the defining characteristics of third sector organisations,' said Colin.

'Furthermore, there should be a distinction between genuinely independent organisations and those that have become agents for the delivery of government welfare services.'

Some fifty guests from organisations such as Muscular Dystrophy Queensland (MD Qld), Brisbane Boys College, SMART Care, Cardno, CPX Printing, James Cook University and The University of Queensland, joined McCullough Robertson Partners Heather Watson and Mark West, Senior Associate Sarah McBratney, and Consultant Lesleigh Mayes for the launch.

McCullough Robertson’s Community Partnerships Program came about from its commitment to building a better future for the community. Since the firm’s inception in 1923, its culture has prioritised social responsibility.

The program works to facilitate positive change and is underpinned by Indigenous Education, Community Arts and Culture, Rural and Regional Assistance, Health and Mental Health, and Access to Justice.

Heather Watson, Community Partnerships Program Director, said the theme of ‘building capacity’ was behind the enthusiasm to hold the launch.

'It is an interesting time as there are so many opportunities to contribute to the debate in all the issues that the government is currently considering,' Heather said.

Rick Carr, CEO of MD Qld, said at the launch that Colin epitomised the word community.

'Colin has built communities for people with disabilities and those in need,' said Rick. 'This man has given his life over to the community and I’m glad he’s put down on paper everything he’s learnt over his lifetime.'

As for the book’s title, it’s adapted from a famous Bill Clinton phrase 'It’s the economy, stupid!'.

Colin says it is a manifesto based on placing trust in people. 'I hope that it stimulates change on the part of the third sector, of government, corporations and the education system.'

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