Acc International Missions Ltd: mini charity review for donors

The charity's Annual Information Statement current at the time of this review has since been superseded.  Please start with the updated review published in February 2018, and come back to this one as needed.

Mini charity review of Acc (sic) International Missions Ltd (ACCIM) as an organisation that seeks donations online. (Including the answers to the questions that the Australian charity regulator, the ACNC, suggests that you ask.)

(To see the situation last year, read this review.)

Are they responsive to feedback?

  • When sent a draft of this review, they…did not respond.

Is ACCIM registered?

  • As a charity, yes.
  • Other registrations:
    • As a public company, a company limited by guarantee.
      • Not, as the ABN record still says, an ‘Other Incorporated Entity’.
    • It has the necessary provisions in its constitution to allow it to omit ‘Limited/Ltd’ on the end of its name.
    • ACCIM operates in all seven states that have a fundraising regime, and has an invitation to give on the internet. No fundraising licences are held[1].

What do they do?

  • ACCI Missions is the missionary sending and support agency of the Australian Christian Churches movement.
    • This is on an ‘About’ page on ACCIM’s website (www.accim.org.au) that starts by describing the work of the unregistered charity ‘ACCI’. Further down it identifies ACCI as being composed of ACCIM and another charity, Acc International Relief Inc. (Relief). (Relief also has its own website, www.accir.org.au, a website that does not include information about ACCIM.)
      • The combination of the two ‘Acc International’ organisations has been formalised in a business name for ACCIM, ACCI Missions & Relief. See, for instance the ‘Donate’ page on the ACCIM site.
  • Per the Annual Information Statement (AIS) 2015:
    • The principal activities of ACC International Missions Ltd during the financial year were: • To recruit, enable, support and send field workers to Australia and foreign countries to establish self-governing, self supporting and self propagating (sic) churches and preach the Gospel in Australia and other nations around the world; • To provide pastoral support, direction, vision and strategy for field workers as they prepare for ministry and minister overseas; • To work in synergy with local congregations within the Australian Christian Churches movement and assist them to fulfil the Company’s vision; and • To otherwise fulfil and follow the missionary objects of the Australian Christian Churches.

Do they share the Gospel?

  • Yes

What impact are they having?

  • No information found.

What do they spend outside the costs directly incurred in delivering the above impact, that is, on administration?

  • The expenses in the Financial Report are not classified to allow this calculation.
  • If we define ‘direct’ as overseas grants, the AIS 2015 shows that it cost $1.48 m to raise and send $1.83 m.

Can you get a tax deduction?

  • No
    • Which is contradicted by the information under ‘Donate’. Here ACCIM collects for Relief as well.

Is their online giving secure?

  • If it is, we are not told on the first or second giving pages.

Is their reporting up-to-date?

  • Yes (one day before the deadline, six months after their year-end).
    • But if you are considering a large donation, I would ask for more up-to-date financial information – the accounts are for a year end that is now nearly 11 months ago.

Does their reporting comply with the regulator’s requirements?

  • AIS 2015: Not quite no outcomes are given.
  • Financial Report 2015: Probably. But
    • Despite the website picture of an organisation that combines ACCIM with Relief, there is no mention of Relief as a related party.
      • Does one control the other? Or both are controlled by Australian Christian Churches?
    • ‘Employee benefits expense and other associated costs’ are $431K here but $1.12 m in the AIS 2015.
      • ACCIM has 68 employees (62 full-time and 6 part-time). With Assuming that part-time averages 50% of full-time, even the larger figure for benefits gives only $17K per employee.
    • There is again no explanation for the creation of a provision for missionary repatriation but not for ‘support’ or ‘insurance and medical’.
    • ‘Disbursements to missionaries and projects’ are $2.53 m here compared to $1.83 m for ‘Grants and donations…for use outside Australia’ in the AIS.

What financial situation was shown by that Report?

  • Last year’s surplus of 7% of revenue was turned into a deficit of 1%.

What did the auditor say about the last financial statements?

  • He gave a ‘clean’ opinion.
    • To take the right amount of comfort from a ‘clean opinion’, please read here and here.

If a charity, is their information on the ACNC Register complete?

  • Almost – ACCIM still must select an Entity Subtype.

What choices do you have in how your donation is used?

  • Many – via a somewhat confusing set of pages and tiles:
    • The first set of tiles:
      • OneLife Partnership’
        • A form for churches
      • Make a Tax-Deductible Donation’
        • This takes you to Relief’s website. (ACCIM does not have tax-deductible status.)
      • Event Offering’
        • This is an ‘ACCI’ event, i.e. a joint ACCIM and Relief event.
      • Haiti Emergency Appeal’
        • This takes you to Relief’s website.
    • The second set of tiles:
      • Regular Giving’
      • ‘Missionary Support Pledge Form’
      • Support a Missionary’
        • A list of 86 – not 183 as the introduction says – missionaries
        • The list includes Relief workers
        • Make a Single Gift’
        • Current Appeals’
          • This takes you to Relief’s website. (ACCIM does not have tax-deductible status.)

Who are the people controlling the organisation?

  • The listing under ‘Our Board of Directors’ on the website has only one name in common with the list under ‘Responsible Persons’ on the ACNC Register. (There is a much better match to Relief’s list.)

To whom are AC accountable?

  • Membership of Missions Interlink, an organisation that has standards with which it must comply[2], claimed on the website. Confirmed.
  • ACCIM is also accountable to the ACNC.

 

 

 

  1. The law in this area is not straightforward and advice varies, so check with the charity before drawing any conclusions.
  2. For one opinion on the strength of this accountability, see the section Activities in this review.

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