Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Charities and Not for Profits in the Spotlight

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Charities and Not for Profits in the Spotlight

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Byline: Pamela Frost pamela.frost@apn.com.au

BY THE NUMBERS

*199 charities and not-for-profits were listed in the Ipswich region.

*About half of these (total 99) recorded donations.

*About a third (total 69) received government funding.

*Total income from Ipswich charities and not-for-profits was $94.2 million.

*Total expenses was $92.9 million.

*1486 people were employed by charities and not-for-profits. 721 were full time.

Source: 2014 annual statements charities submitted to ACNC

FIGURES have revealed Ipswich charities and not-for-profits made almost $100 million in a year, and more than half of this was spent on employee expenses.

Data from the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) has shown people dig deep for the region's 199 registered not-for-profits, which recorded a total of $10.4 million in donations and bequests in one year.

The data came from the 2014 annual information statements registered charities submitted to the ACNC.

The figures showed Ipswich's charities and not-for-profits had a combined gross income of $94.2 million.

More than half of this - or $52.5 million - went towards expenses, including wages, for about 1500 dedicated employees.

Government grants made up about 40% ($36.6 million) of the total income from Ipswich charities and not-for-profits, and 11% ($10.4 million) came from donations and bequests.

The remainder came from other sources.

Data from the ACNC also showed which charities and not-for-profits recorded the highest donation amounts and who were the biggest beneficiaries of government money.

Samoan Independent Seventh Day Adventist Church in QLD Inc recorded the highest level of donations and bequests in the Ipswich region, having about 26% of the region's total donations pool, with $2.7 million. …

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