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Tim Costello is ‘a polished man’. A man of integrity, honesty and dedication to his cause, World Vision. But his red painted finger nail, one affectation we wouldn’t have noticed unless he’d drawn our attention to it at the National Press Club, was for his son’s commitment to the Polished Man ideal that is a fundraiser and awareness program to address violence against children.
So of course we now know and reckon he’d have done ten fingers and ten toes if he’d needed to, but on this occasion the main event was his address to the NPC as Chair of CCA ( Community Council for Australia) about the Government cuts and policy changes impacting on the sector. Joining him for the address was Jan Owen, CEO of the Foundation for Young Australians and Toby Hall, CEO of St Vincent’s Health Australia.
The discussion drew on the recent national survey by ProBono Australia, NetBalance and CCA with 1200 respondents citing the negative effects the sector is now facing.
And with charities at the heart of communities, employing more than 1 million Australians with a $100 billion annual turnover and contributing $54 billion to the national accounts it should be a no-brainer to support those who support those most in need. And what do they want: an attack on red tape, an online one stop shop for information, a national register of NFPs, a social finance taskforce and a harmonization of fundraising legislation, with for good measure and future growth a mechanism to strengthen partnerships between business and NFPs.
Now the NFPs must find a way to make it happen, and a unique way to bring broad attention to it. We've shaved, heads, grown beards, worn ribbons, bracelets and attention grabbing outfits as well as exercised to the limit. What's left I wonder.