About 4000 charities are about to lose charity status

ABOUT 4000 Australian groups are on the verge of losing their charity status.

The national regulator has already stripped 246 groups of their charity status because they are missing in action.

Among those losing their status are preschools, health organisations, arts groups, material aid providers, religious groups, P&C associations, animal welfare bodies, indigenous support programs and even a police consultation committee.

The Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission's Susan Pascoe said on Tuesday the initial group of charities was identified from approximately 6000 organisations whose mail from the ACNC was returned unopened.

"It is important that we hold accurate information about registered charities so that donors, funders and members of the public can be assured that charities are well regulated and the information available on the national ACNC Charity Register is up to date," she said.

Ms Pascoe said the ATO had transferred the records of more than 56,000 charities in 2012 to the national regulator.

"The ACNC has undertaken extensive efforts to locate and identify whether these charities are still operating, from sending mail, internet and register searches and making phone calls, to working with peak bodies, government agencies and other regulators and the media to get the message out there that we have been trying to contact these charities," she said.

The next list of charities to be revoked will be released in October.

- APN Newsdesk.


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