ACCI Relief : charity review

This is a charity review of ACCI Relief (ACCIR), an organisation that seeks donations online[1] and is a member of Missions Interlink.

The Australian charities regulator, the ACNC, in their Factsheet: Making sure your donation gets to where it needs to, gives “some steps to consider to help make sure your donation is going where it is intended.”

  1. Check the organisation’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 are the answers for ACCIR:

1: A search of the ACNC Register leads to the registered charity, ACC International Relief Inc. That charity has ACCI Relief recorded on the Register as an ‘Other Name’. (They don’t have it registered as a business name though.)

2. NA

3. ACCIR’s “web address begins with ‘https’ and…there is a closed padlock symbol next to the website’s URL in the address bar”. A secure way to give to ACCIR.

4. The ABN record for ACCIM says that a tax deduction is possible, both to itself, plus to the two funds that it operates.

5. The Financial Report 2017 shows that 91% of its expenses – $5.93 million – are for a single item, ‘Funds to international programs’. There is no explanation of this item. No breakup. No destinations. Just like last year. End of review.

 

 

  1. Also via its sister charity, Acc International Missions Ltd.

 

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