Entheos Incorporated: mini-charity review

Mini charity review of Entheos Incorporated (Entheos), an organization that seeks online donations, and is an Associate member of Missions Interlink.

Are they responsive to feedback?

  • If sent them a draft of this review. The comments that they sent in response have been included below.

Is Entheos registered?

  • Yes, as a NSW incorporated association (INC9875826).
  • But not as a charity.
    • As it is clear from their website that they are a charity, the lack of registration means that they are not entitled to any charity tax concessions.
      • Ministry comment: ‘None of the work we do qualifies for charitable status.
        • Reviewer response: A confusion of charitable purpose and tax-deductible status?
  • Not registered for GST, so this should mean that its gross income is below $150K.

What does Entheos do?

  • See here.
    • Ministry comment: ‘Because we have been living and working in and taking teams to sensitive places we keep out website deliberately vague.’

Do they share the Gospel?

  • The ‘mission exposure teams’ do.

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 financial information is published, so it is not possible to make this calculation.

Do they pay their board members?

  • No constitution publicly available to check.
  • No financial statements publicly available to check.

Can you get a tax deduction?

  • No

Is their online giving secure?

  • PayPal is used, so yes.

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

  • None – just a ‘purchase’.

Is their reporting up-to-date?

  • Check with the associations regulator, Fair Trading.
    • Ministry comment: ‘All our financial reporting is up to date with Dept. of Fair trading etc.

Does their reporting comply with the regulator’s requirements?

  • Not a charity, so you need to check with Fair Trading.
  • The submission to Fair Trading may or may not satisfy the Missions Interlink requirement for Entheos to “have…a clear and appropriate financial statement which has been approved by its auditor.” 
    • Even if it does, it is not available for free, so doesn’t satisfy the spirit of the Missions Interlink requirement for that statement to be ‘available for [their] members and supporters’. Just ask them for it.

What financial situation was shown in that Report?

  • I did not ask Fair Trading for a copy – it costs.

What did the auditor say about the last financial statements?

  • An audit report may or may not have been lodged with Fair Trading.

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

  • NA

Where were your (net) donations sent?

  • No financial information is published.

Who are the people controlling the organisation?

  • Not shown on the website.
  • Presumably the founders, ‘Craig & Jackie’ Gibbon are two of the board members. Other than that, check with Fair Trading.
    • Ministry comment: ‘Entheos continues and does have a board: Ps Brent Williams (C3 Ryde), Ps John Van Bennekom (Springfield Christian Family Church), Mr Alan Blyth, Mr Joshua Gibbon and myself.’

To whom is Entheos accountable?

  • As an association, to the New South Wales regulator of incorporated associations.
  • To Missions Interlink via its Associate membership.
    • For one opinion on the strength of that accountability, see the section Activities in this review.
    • You might ask Missions Interlink whether it is acceptable for a member that is a charity to be not registered with the charities regulator.

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