The Charity Navigators 2016 list of the top charitable foundations, which is expected to be published in April, is expected, but it is unclear how many foundations will be included.
The list, which includes over 20,000 foundations and is published every year by the Charity Commission, was compiled by an independent organisation which is funded by a tax-exempt organisation, The Charities Commission of Australia (CCA).
The charities that make up the list are the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC), the Commonwealth and State Charities (CCS), the Federal Government’s Charities Program and the Australian Council for Social Services.
The CCA lists more than 50,000 charities.
The charities listed in the 2016 list include the Salvation Army, The Children’s Commissioner, The Dutton Family Foundation, the Dutton Foundation, The Christian Research Council, The Federation of American Scientists, The Foundation for Australian and New Zealand Studies, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
The charity list does not include the Australian Taxation Office’s Charitable Fund or the Federal Taxation and Administrative Simplification Commission’s Charitee Fund, which are listed as non-exempt charities.
However, the CCA has previously stated that they were able to “identify charities that have not been previously identified as charitable trusts”.
The Charities Council of Australia, the organisation that produced the 2016 Charities Navigator, has said it will publish the 2016 charity list in March and expects to be able to include charities that were previously excluded from the list.
The ABC contacted the CCAC, which said the organisation did not have any plans to publish the charities list.
In a statement, the Charities commission said the list was published on a voluntary basis.”CCAC does not require any foundation to disclose their status as a charity, but we do have to make reasonable and prudent assumptions about the organisation’s finances and operational status,” it said.
The 2016 charity listing has been subject to much controversy.
In February, it was revealed that The Dutons Foundation had been receiving donations from the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) since 2012.
The Foundation has also been criticised for a series of donations that have been linked to the mining industry.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has also questioned the legality of the donations.
The Charitable Trusts Association of Australia has also criticised the list, saying it was misleading.
“There is no requirement for charities to disclose the identities of their donors or recipients,” it wrote in a statement.
“[But] charities must disclose whether the donor(s) or recipient(s), in this instance, is a registered charity or a non-registered charity.”
There are also no provisions for charities which are self-declared, for example a charitable foundation that is run by a single person.
“We have also noted the lack of information on the names of the directors of the foundation.”
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