Africa Inland Mission Ltd: charity review

This is review in the series ‘Members of Missions Interlink’, Missions Interlink being ‘the Australian network for global mission[1]’ (and a means for a Member to get income tax exemption when it might not otherwise be available[2], with a consequent accountability regime).

Africa Inland Mission International (Australia) Inc’ is one such Member, and an organisation that seeks donations from the public.

Both Members and Associates have to accept a set of standards, the introduction to which includes this statement:

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This particular charity did respond to a draft of this review, saying ‘Thanks for your updated review. We are considering your comments and will address any required changes in the new year.’

The charities’ regulator, the ACNC, in their article, Donating to Legitimate Charities, gives “some things to consider to help you make sure your donation is going where it is intended”:

  1. Check the charity’s name.
  2. Ask for identification from anyone seeking a donation.
  3. Be careful of online requests for donations.
  4. No tax deduction doesn’t mean the charity is not a legitimate one.
  5. Find out more about how the charity says it uses donations.

Here’s the results for ‘Africa Inland Mission International (Australia) Inc’[3] (AIM), with #5 supplemented by the essentials of the ACNC’s What should I consider when deciding which charity to support?[4].

1.   A search on the name on the ACNC Register of charities leads to a charity with the name Africa Inland Mission Ltd.  Presumably this is because this charity has the Missions Interlink name as one the four names under ‘Also known by’.

One, ‘AIM International’ is a trading name, but AIM holds no business names. As it does not have provisions in its constitution[5] that would allow it to drop the ‘Ltd/Limited’ from its name, it is therefore not entitled to trade under the name it uses, ‘Africa Inland Mission’.

2.   NA

3.   The “web address begins with ‘https’” and there is a “closed padlock symbol next to the web address in the address bar”, so the website is secure [the first ACNC article above].  The first giving page says ‘Secure donations by PayPal, but there is no link to a description of this security.

4.   The Australian Business Register (linked from AIM’s ACNC Register record), says that the charity is not entitled to receive tax deductible gifts.  AIM is, however, a ‘legitimate’ charity.

5.    Objectives

The ‘Mission’ on the website is for the worldwide collection of organisations, but there’s this description about Australia in the Annual Report 2018 [on the ACNC Register]:

Africa Inland Mission (AIM) in Australia partners in the role of empowering the world-wide Christian church in its responsibility to teach and make disciples of Christ according to the Great Commission of Jesus Christ in Matthew 28:19-20.

Activities (from the AIS 2018):

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The Annual Report 2018 shows that all these figures (except for #3, which is not reported) were significantly less than in 2017.  There is no explanation given for this. 

These are the ‘funds’ to which you can give:

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The disclosure, in the Financial Report, of where the money went, does not mention any projects, and it has to be assumed that ‘Worker Support’ above is ‘Missionary staffing and other costs’:

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The very large increase in ‘Missionary staffing and other costs’ is due to a change in accounting policy.  However, (a) there has been no retrospective application as is required by the Accounting Standards; and (b) there is no explanation for the lack of a corresponding change in Payables. 

The AIS 2018 shows the last three items above as ‘Employee expenses’, a classification that doesn’t match the Accounting Standards.  Plus there is no explanation for how having 23 employees (AIS 2018) generates a zero balance for the last two years for employee entitlements.

There is no mention of the impact of AIM’s work – that is, the Australian workers – on the website or in the Annual Report 2018. 

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  2.  See here for last year’s review.
  3.  Focus on the nature of the charity’s work, its beneficiaries and the impact the charity is having in the community.Is it clear what the charity is trying to achieve and how its activities work towards its objectives?Would you like to spend your money, or time if volunteering, to support these objectives?

    Is the charity being transparent about its activities? [A section in the article, Donating and Volunteering].

  4.  https://www.acnc.gov.au/tools/guides/guide-using-template-constitution-companies-limited-guarantee:

 

AFES: charity review

This is review in the series ‘Members of Missions Interlink’, Missions Interlink being ‘the Australian network for global mission[1] (and a means for a Member to get income tax exemption when it might not otherwise be available[2], with a consequent accountability regime).

Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students’ (AFES) is one such Member, and an organisation that seeks donations from the public.

Both Members and Associates have to accept a set of standards, the introduction to which includes this statement:

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AFES did not respond to a draft of this review.

The charities’ regulator, the ACNC, in their article, Donating to Legitimate Charities, gives “some things to consider to help you make sure your donation is going where it is intended”:

  1. Check the charity’s name.
  2. Ask for identification from anyone seeking a donation.
  3. Be careful of online requests for donations.
  4. No tax deduction doesn’t mean the charity is not a legitimate one.
  5. Find out more about how the charity says it uses donations.

Here’s the results for ‘Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students’[3] (AFES), with #5 supplemented by the essentials of the ACNC’s What should I consider when deciding which charity to support?[4].

1.  A search on the name ‘Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students’ on the ACNC Register of charities leads to a charity with that name.

The Register says that the charity is ‘Also known as’ ‘AFES’. They still haven’t registered this as a business name.

2. NA

3. The “web address begins with ‘https’” and there is a “closed padlock symbol next to the web address in the address bar”, so the website is secure [the first ACNC article above]. There is no information about the security of the information you are entering, on either the first or the second page of the giving process.

4. The Australian Business Register (linked from AFES’s ACNC Register record), says that the charity is not entitled to receive tax deductible gifts. AFES is, however, a ‘legitimate’ charity.

5. Activities (from the website):

Once you know a name of a person or a campus, perhaps confirmed from the list of groups on the website, you can select it as a destination for your donation:

Or you can donate to ‘Where most needed’.

$11.29 million was donated in 2017.

Campuses are not mentioned when it comes to accounting for the spending of this money.

92% of the expenses that are not directly covered by revenue (‘Conferences and Events’) are shown as ‘Employee Benefits’[5]. There is no further information given on this figure.

Outcomes/impact

The only reference to these on the website is this one:

There are no reports, ad hoc or systematic, of outcomes or impact on the website.

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3.  See here for last year’s review.

4.  Focus on the nature of the charity’s work, its beneficiaries and the impact the charity is having in the community.

Is it clear what the charity is trying to achieve and how its activities work towards its objectives?

Would you like to spend your money, or time if volunteering, to support these objectives?

Is the charity being transparent about its activities? [A section in the article, Donating and Volunteering].

5.  There is also an undisclosed amount of spending on ‘Employees’ included in the $820K of ‘Other payments to suppliers and employees’.

The ACNC and the promotion of the charities it regulates, including the case of ‘Food Ladder’

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC), the national regulator of charities, under ‘ACNC news’, has a series ‘Getting to Know’. Here it promotes particular charities. This is the introduction used: ‘With more than 56,000 charities in Australia, there are thousands of fantastic stories about the impact charities have on their local community.’

A regulator promoting those that it regulates didn’t sit right with me. Here, from the OECD publication, Governance of Regulators[1], is some support for my disquiet:

I asked the ACNC about their decision:

They said that they would be publishing the criteria but declined to respond to the bigger question publicly.

Leaving aside the wisdom of their practice in promoting charities, one would expect that one of the selection criteria would be that the charity is compliant with the regulator’s requirements.

‘Registered charity’ Food Ladder’ was recently promoted:

The ACNC, in their article, Donating to Legitimate Charities, gives “some things to consider to help you make sure your donation is going where it is intended”. #1 is ‘Check the charity’s name.’

A search on the name ‘Food Ladder’ on the ACNC Register of charities gives a surprising result – no results:

This is because, even though the ACNC says that the charity they were promoting, Fair Business, was ‘commonly known as Food Ladder’, Fair Business, without comment by the ACNC, has omitted to include the name ‘Food Ladder’ in the section ‘Also known as’.

A bigger issue with the name though, is that, again without comment by the ACNC, it is wrong on the ACNC Register. The legal name, the name required by the ACNC, is ‘Food Ladder’, not ‘Fair Business’. And it has been that way since December 2014:

This name is also meant to match that shown in Food Ladder’s governing document but the charity, again without comment by the ACNC, has not lodged one. (They have something under ‘Governing Document’, but this is their ‘Certificate of Registration on Change in Name[2].)

Other ‘Food Ladder’ entities

The name on the Register is also meant to match the name on ASIC’s register. A search on this shows that it does, but also reveals another current ‘Food Ladder’ company:

This company is mentioned only once on the website (here), and then only just its name. Yet it is a ‘wholly owned subsidiary’ (Financial Report 2017):

There’s also a ‘Food Ladder’ company in India. This company is not mentioned in the Financial Report.

Food Ladder does not say in the Financial Report whether it is reporting as an individual entity or a group, but it acknowledges that ‘Food Ladder International Pty Limited’ is a related entity[3].

So, all in all, neither Food Ladder nor the ACNC score well on ‘Name’, the first of the things that the ACNC suggest you check before giving.

Name aside, if you like the look at what Food Ladder is doing, let me know if you want a review on the ACNC’s other criteria.

  1.  From Chapter 5 of the OECD’s Governance of Regulators (https://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/governance/the-governance-of-regulators_9789264209015-en).
  2. This was lodged three years after the change.
  3. There is no comment on the fact that 62% of Food Ladder’s current assets is money owing by the subsidiary.

The Leprosy Mission Australia: charity review

This is review in the series ‘Members of Missions Interlink’, Missions Interlink being ‘the Australian network for global mission[1] (and a means for a Member to get income tax exemption when it might not otherwise be available[2], with a consequent accountability regime).

The Leprosy Mission Australia’ (TLMA) is one such Member, and an organisation that seeks donations from the public.

Both Members and Associates have to accept a set of standards, the introduction to which includes this statement:

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TLMA did not respond to a draft of this review.

The charities’ regulator, the ACNC, in their article, Donating to Legitimate Charities, gives “some things to consider to help you make sure your donation is going where it is intended”:

  1. Check the charity’s name.
  2. Ask for identification from anyone seeking a donation.
  3. Be careful of online requests for donations.
  4. No tax deduction doesn’t mean the charity is not a legitimate one.
  5. Find out more about how the charity says it uses donations.

Here’s the results for ‘The Leprosy Mission Australia’[3], with #5 supplemented by the essentials of the ACNC’s What should I consider when deciding which charity to support?[4].

1.  A search on the ACNC Register of charities leads to a charity with that name.

2. NA

3. The “web address begins with ‘https’” and there is a “closed padlock symbol next to the web address in the address bar”, so the website is secure [the first ACNC article above]. On the page two of the giving process the logo of ‘SecurePay’ is shown, but there is no link to information on this security.

4. The Australian Business Register (linked from TLMA’s ACNC Register record), says that the charity is entitled to receive tax deductible gifts.

5. Contrary to what it says on the Register, in the AIS 2018, on the website, and in the Annual Report 2018, TLMA is not a charity that has projects itself, but is a ‘Supporting Country’, raising money in Australia and providing ‘expertise…to the projects’ they fund (Annual Report, page 30).

In 2018, they raised $5.44 million. From this they made overseas grants of $1.72 million (36% of expenses), and had ‘Employee expenses’ of $1.32 million (27%). They don’t comment on the effectiveness of this fundraising.

Although the note number has been omitted in the statement, Note 20 shows the distribution of the $1.72 million country by country. It is headed ‘Distribution to TLM Global Fellowship’, so presumably the recipient was the national ‘The Leprosy Mission’ organisation in each of those countries?

There is no information on how TLMA ensures that (a) their donations reach these organisations, (b) what happened to the donations after they reached those organisations, and (c) what TLMA does to ensure that your donations are used on the project you selected.

Impact

There is some information on a small portion of the work overseas in the reports of the two mid-term evaluations that were conducted in 2018. A link to the evaluations is not offered. There is no overall assessment of impact, either in 2018 or over the last few years.

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  3. See here for last year’s review.
  4. Focus on the nature of the charity’s work, its beneficiaries and the impact the charity is having in the community.Is it clear what the charity is trying to achieve and how its activities work towards its objectives?Would you like to spend your money, or time if volunteering, to support these objectives?Is the charity being transparent about its activities? [A section in the article, Donating and Volunteering].

 

Every Home Global Concern Ltd: charity review

This is review in the series ‘Members of Missions Interlink’, Missions Interlink being ‘the Australian network for global mission[1] (and a means for a Member to get income tax exemption when it might not otherwise be available[2], with a consequent accountability regime).

Every Home Global Concern Ltd ’ is one such Member, and an organisation that seeks donations from the public.

Both Members and Associates have to accept a set of standards, the introduction to which includes this statement:

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They did not respond to a draft of this review.

The ACNC, in their article, Donating to Legitimate Charities, gives “some things to consider to help you make sure your donation is going where it is intended”:

  1. Check the charity’s name
  2. Ask for identification from anyone seeking a donation.
  3. Be careful of online requests for donations.
  4. No tax deduction doesn’t mean the charity is not a legitimate one.
  5. Find out more about how the charity says it uses donations.

Here’s the results for ‘Every Home Global Concern Ltd’[3], with #5 supplemented by the essentials of the ACNC’s What should I consider when deciding which charity to support?[4].

1.   A search on the ACNC Register of charities leads to a one in that name.

However, the website on the Register, www.globalconcern.com.au, leads to a website in the name ‘Global Concern’. This is not a registered business name.

The website that is linked from Missions Interlink is different again: www.everyhomeforchrist.org.au.

A search of the Register on the name ‘Every Home for Christ’, leads to the above charity. This is because the charity has recorded that name under ‘Also known as’.

The equation of the two can be seen on the home page of Every Home for Christ: the name in the header is ‘Every Home for Christ’, while in the footer the ACFID accreditation of the charity is described. But the description uses another two different names for the charity, ‘Every Home Global Concern Australia’, and ‘Every Home Global Concern’ , neither of which is registered:

And the second name reports its ABN as 28 004 778 081, an ABN that belongs to World Vision Australia.

The charity also operates a fund, gifts to which may be tax deductible: Every Home Global Concern Ltd Australia Overseas Fund. There is no mention of this fund on either website.

Confusing.

End of review.

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Contact me if this charity is still in the running for your donation, and you want the answers to the other questions. A lengthier review is also possible.

 

 

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  2. See here for last year’s review.
  3. Focus on the nature of the charity’s work, its beneficiaries and the impact the charity is having in the community.Is it clear what the charity is trying to achieve and how its activities work towards its objectives?Would you like to spend your money, or time if volunteering, to support these objectives?Is the charity being transparent about its activities? [A section in the article, Donating and Volunteering].

 

GENESIS Counselling & Training Service Inc: charity review

This is review in the series ‘Members of Missions Interlink’, Missions Interlink being ‘the Australian network for global mission[1] (and a means for a Member to get income tax exemption when it might not otherwise be available[2], with a consequent accountability regime).

GENESIS Counselling & Training Service Inc’ is one such Member, and an organisation that seeks donations from the public.

Both Members and Associates have to accept a set of standards, the introduction to which includes this statement:

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They did not respond to a draft of this review.

The charities’ regulator, the ACNC, in their article, Donating to Legitimate Charities, gives “some things to consider to help you make sure your donation is going where it is intended”:

  1. Check the charity’s name
  2. Ask for identification from anyone seeking a donation.
  3. Be careful of online requests for donations.
  4. No tax deduction doesn’t mean the charity is not a legitimate one.
  5. Find out more about how the charity says it uses donations.

Here’s the results for ‘GENESIS Counselling & Training Service Inc’’[3], with #5 supplemented by the essentials of the ACNC’s What should I consider when deciding which charity to support?[4].

1. A search on the ACNC Register of charities leads to a charity with an almost identical name, Genesis Counselling And Training Inc.(Genesis) (emphasis mine).

2. NA

3. The “web address begins with ‘https’” but there is no “closed padlock symbol next to the web address in the address bar”, so the website is only partly secure [the first ACNC article above].

You cannot donate online so the question of the security of your credit card information is not relevant.

4. The Australian Business Register (linked from Genesis’ ACNC Register record), says that the charity is entitled to receive tax deductible gifts.

5.  For what they do, see the ‘Summary of activities’ on the Overview page on the Register. In 2018, here’s what they did overseas (from the AIS 2018):

“UGANDA – 4 Primary schools with 1,500 village children consistently achieving higher results than Government schools. Secondary School has 500 students. Teacher Training College currently 550 attending – all have employment before graduation. 75 Community Development Groups with 3000 members learning income generation to educate their children in our schools. All groups are eligible to apply for Annual Grants.

KENYA – 10 projects doing well with total beneficiaries of 3,500. All children are in school receiving a cooked meal every school day of the year. A feeding programme for 300 malnourished children has been commenced on Saturdays for remote Maasai children. In another Maasai area, a perimeter fence is being erected to protect children and school buildings from wild animals.

INDONESIA – Training facilities are have been upgraded for tertiary students and pre-school activities running smoothly. Renovations are completed at the Mental Health Facility,

For more detail, see the Annual Report on the Register.

Noting that the figure comes from a Financial Report that has significant issues, 76% of the resources consumed in 2018 are described as ‘Counselling & Training Support’. The note supporting this amount has the name and country of every recipient of this money. The largest amount is only 11% of the total, so the risk is dispersed.

There are no results, outcomes or impact reported on the ACNC Register or the website.

Genesis do not say anywhere how they ensure that your donations are used for the intended purpose. The Annual Report describes some visits by Genesis staff; in those places one can have some confidence on the use of the money.

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For more a more in-depth review, please contact me.

 

 

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  2. See here for last year’s review.
  3. Focus on the nature of the charity’s work, its beneficiaries and the impact the charity is having in the community.Is it clear what the charity is trying to achieve and how its activities work towards its objectives?Would you like to spend your money, or time if volunteering, to support these objectives?

    Is the charity being transparent about its activities? [A section in the article, Donating and Volunteering].

 

Care4Kids Uganda: charity review

This is review in the series ‘Members of Missions Interlink’, Missions Interlink being ‘the Australian network for global mission[1] (and a means for a Member to get income tax exemption when it might not otherwise be available[2], with a consequent accountability regime).

Care4Kids Uganda’ is one such Member, and an organisation that seeks donations from the public.

Both Members and Associates have to accept a set of standards, the introduction to which includes this statement:

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In response to a draft of this review, Colleen Kelly said ‘Thank you for the review of our Charity’.

The charities’ regulator, the ACNC, in their article, Donating to Legitimate Charities, gives “some things to consider to help you make sure your donation is going where it is intended”:

  1. Check the charity’s name
  2. Ask for identification from anyone seeking a donation.
  3. Be careful of online requests for donations.
  4. No tax deduction doesn’t mean the charity is not a legitimate one.
  5. Find out more about how the charity says it uses donations.

Here’s the results for ‘Care4Kids Uganda’[3], with #5 supplemented by the essentials of the ACNC’s What should I consider when deciding which charity to support?[4].

1.    A search on the ACNC Register of charities leads to a charity called International Support Aid Australia. This is because that charity has ‘Care4Kids Uganda recorded under ‘Also known as’[5].

2. NA

3. The “web address begins with ‘https’ and there is a closed padlock symbol next to the web address in the address bar”, so the website is secure [the first ACNC article above]. Although the page says that you can give online via credit card, there is no such facility on or via that page, so an assurance on the giving page about the safety of your information is not required.

4. The Australian Business Register (linked from Care4Kids Uganda’s ACNC Register record), says that the charity is not entitled to receive tax deductible gifts. It is a registered charity though.

But the Register is contradicted by the information on the ‘Donate’ and ‘Our work’ pages on the Care4Kids’ website:

Care4Kids offer no explanation for this contradiction.

5.    Here’s what they do. And what they did in 2017 (from the AIS 2017):

Empowerment of marginalised and disadvantaged individuals, orphans, vulnerable children, widows, families and communities through education and sustainable project opportunities. Building capacity and selfsufficiency by way of income generating schemes, micro-enterprise development and training, reducing poverty and offering families & individuals a better life with dignity and self-reliance. C4Kids Social Workers work with families and communities to develop individualised family plans to assist families and strengthen the family unit to work together in their projects to become sustainable and self-reliant. They regularly visit reintegrated children and families both in their home and in their educational environments. The Care

Preschool and Vocational Training Centre offers access to education/training for individuals and families that otherwise might never have access to education. Ongoing professional development of Care4kids National Staff enhances and strengthens the work of Care4Kids and provides new skills for staff that can enhance their capacity outside of their employment at Care4Kids. Families, Guardians and Community Members are able to access support from Care4Kids to strengthen and assist them with the problems associated to vulnerability and family breakdown.

The information on the website appears to be out-of-date.

There are no results, outcomes or impact reported on the ACNC Register or the website.

89% of the resources consumed in 2017 are described as ‘Project expenses’ in the Financial Report[6]. From the AIS 2017 we know that these are grants, predominantly to overseas entities. But to whom they were made is not disclosed, nor do Care4Kids say anywhere how they ensure that your donations are used for the intended purpose.

 

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  2. See here for last year’s review.
  3. Focus on the nature of the charity’s work, its beneficiaries and the impact the charity is having in the community.Is it clear what the charity is trying to achieve and how its activities work towards its objectives?Would you like to spend your money, or time if volunteering, to support these objectives?

    Is the charity being transparent about its activities? [A section in the article, Donating and Volunteering].

  4. It is a business name held by the charity.
  5. Because of Care4Kids’s size, no Financial Report is required. And because it was submitted voluntarily, it does not need to comply with the ACNC’s requirements. And it doesn’t. Nor by any reasonable interpretation of ‘appropriate’ does it satisfy Mission Interlink’s requirements. Here’s the main shortcomings:
    • The financial statements are short one statement, a cash flow statement.
    • The Notes to the accounts are missing most of the required notes.
    • The person who ‘reviewed’ the accounts, A B (Brian) Ross, has produced a report that is nothing like the one required by his profession.

 

YWAM Perth: charity review

This is review in the series ‘Members of Missions Interlink’, Missions Interlink being ‘the Australian network for global mission[1] (and a means for a Member to get income tax exemption when it might not otherwise be available[2], with a consequent accountability regime).

YWAM Perth’ is one such Member, and an organisation that seeks donations from the public on its website.

Both Members and Associates have to accept a set of standards, the introduction to which includes this statement:

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The charities’ regulator, the ACNC, in their article, Donating to Legitimate Charities, gives “some things to consider to help you make sure your donation is going where it is intended”:

  1. Check the charity’s name
  2. Ask for identification from anyone seeking a donation.
  3. Be careful of online requests for donations.
  4. No tax deduction doesn’t mean the charity is not a legitimate one.
  5. Find out more about how the charity says it uses donations.

Here’s the results for ‘YWAM Perth’[3], with #5 supplemented by the essentials of the ACNC’s What should I consider when deciding which charity to support?[4].

1.   A search on the ACNC Register of charities gives no results[5]. The website linked from Missions Interlink is in a different name, ‘Youth With A Mission Perth’. An ACNC search on this name still gives no results. But an ASIC search on this second name shows that the name of the organisation is actually Youth With A Mission (Perth) Incorporated (YWAMP). There is a registered charity in this name.

One shouldn’t have to go through these hoops to check on an organisation that’s seeking your money.

YWAMP has not registered any of the names it uses instead of its legal name as business names[6].

A search of the register using the legal name shows that there is another charity that includes ‘Youth With A Mission (Perth) Incorporated’ in its name, Youth With A Mission (Perth) Incorporated as the operator of a PBI. This charity is controlled by YWAMP, but must report separately. Its reports are well overdue.

There is no mention of the PBI (public benevolent institution) on the website.

2. NA

3. The “web address begins with ‘https’ and there is a closed padlock symbol next to the web address in the address bar”, so the website is secure [the ACNC article above].

There is no information about the security of your information credit card and other information on the first page of the ‘Donate’ page.

4. The Australian Business Register (linked from YWAMP’s ACNC Register record), says that YWAMP is entitled to receive tax deductible gifts, both as an organisation and as the operator of a fund, Youth With A Mission Western (Perth) Inc School Building and Maintenance Fund.

There is no mention of this tax deduction on the website.

5. See ‘Mission’ here for what they do.

No report of 2017 activities and outcomes is available because the AIS 2017 has still not been lodged, eight months after their year-end (it is two months overdue).

No Financial Report for 2017 is available because it is also overdue.

There is no information on outcomes, results or impact on the website.

 

 

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  2. See here for last year’s review.
  3. Focus on the nature of the charity’s work, its beneficiaries and the impact the charity is having in the community.Is it clear what the charity is trying to achieve and how its activities work towards its objectives?

    Would you like to spend your money, or time if volunteering, to support these objectives?

    Is the charity being transparent about its activities? [A section in the article, Donating and Volunteering].

  4. It holds only one business name, ‘YWAM Training Perth’.

 

Bridgeway Publications: charity review

This is review in the series ‘Members of Missions Interlink’, Missions Interlink being ‘the Australian network for global mission[1] (and a means for a Member to get income tax exemption when it might not otherwise be available[2], with a consequent accountability regime).

Bridgeway Publications’ (Bridgeway) is one such Member, and an organisation that seeks donations from the public.

Both Members and Associates have to accept a set of standards, the introduction to which includes this statement:

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The ACNC, in their article, Donating to Legitimate Charities, gives “some things to consider to help you make sure your donation is going where it is intended”:

  1. Check the charity’s name.
  2. Ask for identification from anyone seeking a donation.
  3. Be careful of online requests for donations.
  4. No tax deduction doesn’t mean the charity is not a legitimate one.
  5. Find out more about how the charity says it uses donations.

Here’s the results for ‘Bridgeway Publications’[3], with #5 supplemented by the essentials of the ACNC’s What should I consider when deciding which charity to support?[4].

1.  A search on the ACNC Register of charities leads to a charity in the name Bridgeway Publishing Foundation Trust. This is because that charity has ‘Bridgeway Publications’ recorded under ‘Also known as’[5].

2.  NA

3.  The “web address begins with ‘https’ and there is a closed padlock symbol next to the web address in the address bar”, so the website is secure [the ACNC article above]. Online giving is not offered, so an assurance on the giving page about the safety of your information is not required.

4.  Although Bridgeway is not entitled to receive tax deductible gifts, it is a registered charity.

5.   Here is what they are about: “BRIDGEWAY PUBLICATIONS is an Australian non-profit foundation that provides reference books and other resources to help Christians in the developing world.” Read more here.

There is a list of the countries to which it sent resources in 2018 in the AIS 2018, but this is extent of the disclosure of results, either on the website or on the ACNC Register.

There is no Financial Report 2018 because Bridgeway has the special status of ‘Basic Religious Charity’. This probably also explains the zeroes in the ‘Income and Expenses’ section of the AIS 2018. The status continues this year even though Bridgeway’ size has grown to Medium.

Bridgeway could have voluntarily lodged their report with the ACNC, but they chose not to.

The trust deed requires an annual audit – which implies the preparation of financial statements.

Although not mentioned on the website, their membership of Missions Interlink requires them to ‘have available for its members and supporters a clear and appropriate financial statement which has been approved by its auditor [Standards Statement, 4.1]. In the review before last, Bridgeway commented that We have no issue with fulfilling Mission Interlink’s requirements and have provided appropriate financial information on supporter’s requests in times past.”

Bridgeway offers no information about their impact.

 

 

  1. https://missionsinterlink.org.au/about/ 
  2. http://tedsherwood.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/word-image-21.png
  3. See here for last year’s review.
  4. Focus on the nature of the charity’s work, its beneficiaries and the impact the charity is having in the community.Is it clear what the charity is trying to achieve and how its activities work towards its objectives?Would you like to spend your money, or time if volunteering, to support these objectives?

    Is the charity being transparent about its activities? [A section in the article, Donating and Volunteering].

  5. ‘Bridgeway Publications’ is a business name owned by a partnership:These three men are three of the five men who are currently the responsible persons for the charity. Last year, Bridgeway showed me that the partnership consisted of all five of the responsible persons at the time. Is this still the case?