This is a charity review of Mt Tamborine Conference Centre (MTC), an organisation that seeks donations online, and was recently one of the first to be been accredited by the CMA Standards Council (CMASC).
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.”
- Check the organisation’s name
- Ask for identification from anyone seeking a donation.
- Be careful of online requests for donations.
- No tax deduction doesn’t mean the charity is not a legitimate one.
- Find out more about how the charity says it uses donations.
Here are the answers for MTC:
1: There is no ABN is the name Mt Tamborine Conference Centre. Only via an ASIC search, and then via a business name, does one find that the ABN, and therefore the registered charity, is in the name Mount Tamborine Convention. (That charity holds the business name that is closest to the name on the website and in the CMA Standards Council’s ‘Partner Directory’.)
3. MTC’s “web address begins with ‘https’ and…there is a closed padlock symbol next to the website’s URL in the address bar”. A secure way to give to MTC.
4. No tax deduction is possible. But we have seen above that MTC is a legitimate charity.
5. Last year, I reported that MTC included in its Annual Report ‘Financial Reports’ that fell far short of the what is required by the Accounting Standards, and that those reports included a report, by Rod Wallbridge FCA, of an audit that similarly short of what is required by the Auditing Standards. This meant that the financial statements did not comply with Principle 6 of the CMA Standards Council’s ‘Nine Principles of Ministry Accountability’. One year on, and nothing’s changed.
One would expect more from an organisation being held up as a shining light of governance, transparency, and accountability by a ‘Christian’ accrediting body. End of review.
- I sent them a draft of this review. Like last year, they…did not respond. ↑