It’s not just charities that are getting the short end of the stick in the fight against child poverty.
For some charities, the issue has become an election issue.
“I think it’s fair to say that in some cases the issue is the election issue, and the people who have got elected are actually getting more money from the donors, which is a very serious problem,” said Ms Kaldas, the former president of the Federation of Women’s Charities.
For charities, it’s a matter of balancing competing needs and values with priorities, said Ms Kerra, a former federal minister who is now a professor of social work at the University of Melbourne.
“If we don’t do something about it, the impact of that issue is going to continue to be significant,” she said.
“The idea that charities are going to be allowed to take the money that they need and give it to other people, well, that’s a very difficult idea to sustain.”
The charities sector has long had a reputation for not taking a good deal of account of its own financial performance.
Many charities have a strong history of giving to the poor, and that is the foundation of the concept of charities, which were founded in the 18th century by John Wesley, a wealthy businessman.
The idea of a charitable entity was first adopted by the Church of England, which was founded in 1646 and the Church was created in 1662.
In the 1920s and 1930s, the charity sector grew rapidly, with an estimated 20 per cent of all charitable donations made by Australian households.
Today, the sector makes up more than 80 per cent in Australia, with nearly 70,000 charities registered with the Commonwealth, according to the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.
Despite the rising numbers, there has been no significant change in the number of charities that provide services to the underprivileged. AAP/ABC