Intercultural Training Australia Limited: charity review

This is a review[1] of one of Missions Interlink’s ‘Associate Organisations’, Intercultural Training Australia Limited (ITA).

Given that Missions Interlink is ‘the Australian network for global mission’, ITA is most likely a charity.

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 ITA:

1.  It is a registered charity.

Ministry comment: ‘not for taxation purposes, we are a registered as an Educational Institution.’

2.  NA

3.  Although there is no obvious request for donations on the website, a search of the site on ‘give’ results in this page that couldn’t be anything else but an invitation. However, the PayPal button leads to a message that ‘This recipient is currently unable to receive money.’

Ministry comment: ‘we don’t ever receive any donations from the public.’    

4.   It doesn’t offer a tax deduction, but ITA is, as we have seen, is a legitimate charity.

Ministry comment: ‘we are not a deductible gift recipient for tax purposes’

5.   We could look at ITA’s accounts to find out how the charity uses its donations, but there’s a problem.  The auditor, James Buckman[2], gave a qualified audit opinion because the company does not have the procedures to ensure that all donations that are received make their way into the charity’s bank account.  And the board[3][iii] does not appear to be concerned about this.

Ministry comment: The board noted it but as we don’t receive any donations or other funds by cash we have asked the auditor to adjust that note/qualification for next year’

‘End of review[4].

 

 

  1. For the previous review, see here.
  2. Who claims no membership of a professional accounting body.Ministry comment: ‘he is retired and has resigned his membership from all professional bodies, he does have an accounting qualification and was previously a member of  CPA  and has been approved by the office of fair trading in Qld to conduct our audit’
  3. [iii] Not shown on the website, but from the ACNC Register:Ashley HoodKim Hood

    Rosemary Laing

    Jennifer Latham

    Derek McComber

    Christine Neale

    Kaye Oakley

  4. I sent them a draft of this review. They sent the comments that have been included above.

 

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