Australian Missionary Tidings: charity review

This is a charity review of Australian Missionary Tidings (AMT), an organisation that seeks donations online 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 AMT:

1: Checked. It is a registered charity.

2. NA

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

4. No tax deduction is possible, but from #1 above we know that it is a ‘legitimate charity’.

5. The Financial Report 2017 shows that 85% of its expenses – $1.84 million – go to a single item, ‘Missionary expenses’. There is no explanation of this item. No breakup. No destinations. Just like last year. End of review[1].

 

  1. I sent them a draft of this review. They did not respond.

 

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