Elam Ministries: mini-charity review

Mini charity review of Elam Ministries (Elam) an organisation that seeks donations online and that is an Associate member of Missions Interlink. (Including the answers to the questions that the Australian charity regulator, the ACNC, suggests that you ask.)

Are they responsive to feedback?

  • When sent a draft of this review[1], they…did not respond[2].

Is Elam registered?

  • No, not in Australia.
    • Their membership of the Australian organization Missions Interlink suggests that they have an organization in Australia, but none could be found. Not even an ABN.
      • How did they get membership of Missions Interlink?
    • As a ministry seeking to extend Elam Ministries (US and UK) to Australia, it is highly likely that they are a charity, just not a registered one. Therefore, they are not exempt from tax.
    • This article, a post on it on their Facebook site, and Fiona Baird’s LinkedIn profile, are the only references to their Australian presence I could find.
      • Her profile says that she has been the ‘Regional Director’ since July last year.
  • The website linked from Mission Interlink’s membership list covers two ‘offices’, Elam Ministries, UK, and Elam Ministries, US. But no Australian office.

What do they do?

  • Other than the information above, nothing found

Do they share the Gospel?[3]

  • No

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?

  • No information found.

Do they pay their board members?

  • No constitution to check.
  • No financial information found.

Can you get a tax deduction?

  • No

Is their online giving secure?

  • NA (Australia).
    • Security is not mentioned on the UK/US website’s giving page.

Is their reporting up-to-date?

  • NA (no organization registered).

Does their reporting comply with the regulator’s requirements?

  • NA

What financial situation was shown by that Report?

  • NA

What did the auditor say about the financial statements?

  • NA

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

  • NA

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

  • NA (Australia).
    • See here for the US/UK organization’s choices.

Where were your (net) donations sent?

  • NA.

Who are the people controlling the organisation?

  • No information on a board of directors found

To whom are Elam accountable?

  • No accountability found other than which comes with membership of Missions Interlink.

 

  1. Having no Australian contact address, I messaged them on their Facebook page to ask how they got Missions Interlink membership without an Australian entity. They replied asking for my email address so that Fiona could respond to me. She didn’t. Later I sent the draft review on Facebook, but although the message was read (on 15 January), nobody has responded.
  2. Neither complaints or feedback are invited on the website.
  3. Good living and social concern are important [to the cause of evangelism], but they are not uniquely Christian graces…I’ve met a lot of fine Hindus, Muslims and atheists. Just living the life is not going to bring someone to Christ. There is much more to it than that. We must help people, certainly, but we must also share with them why we are motivated to do so. We must stand against injustice, poverty and need, but we must at the same time point to the One who brings justice and who can meet the deepest need. Until they know our reasons, how can they come to know our Lord? [Dan Armstrong, the Fifth Gospel: The Gospel According to You, Anzea Books, pp. 13-14.

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