Across the Divide: charity review

Last month Missions Interlink announced the addition of a new associate member, Across the Divide.

Such members have to accept a set of standards, the introduction to which includes this statement:

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 Across the Divide:

1: The ACNC Register has no charity in that name. So, although Across the Divide, from the website linked from the Missions Interlink membership list, appears to be a charity, it is not one that is registered. It is not, therefore, at least according to the regulator, a legitimate charity[1].

Although it claims to have an ABN – see ‘Terms & Conditions’ here – the ABN is not in its name, but in the name of one of the two adults under ‘People’ on the website, Robert Alley. He owns the business name Across the Divide.

An individual cannot register as a charity.

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For the sake of completeness, we’ll review the remaining things the regulator suggests you consider:

2. NA

3. The Across the Divideweb 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 page above]. Other than this there is no information about security for your credit card information. PayPal is also an option though.

4. NA

5. If you give via the facility on the website, this is the explanation of how your money will be used:

Whilst participants pay to cover cost of trips, there are many associated costs in what we do and sometimes financial pressure if trips fall through.

The ‘Give’ page also has a link to a gofundme project, a new trailer. However, this money will go to Jenni Alley, not the charity. (Jenni is the wife of the person who owns the business name.)

I sent this review to the address given to me by Jenni Alley, but they did not respond.

 

 

  1. For the ACNC to imply that any charity not registered with it is not legitimate, is incorrect. As the ACNC itself points out, registration is voluntary.

 

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