Data on where food banks are used and who uses them provide the opportunity to better target services to those in need, write Richard Vidgen and Giles Hindle.
Australians must be vigilant to ensure they are not inadvertently supporting terrorist organisations when they make donations to charity, writes Stephen Dametto.
The prospect of increasing private funding for community services raises questions about relationships between governments, markets and communities, write Natasha Cortis and Megan Blaxland.
OPINION: It's Christmas - a time for giving. We can make a difference, but there are important points to consider before we open our wallets, writes Gina Anderson, from UNSW's Centre for Social Impact.