Right Track Services Inc: charity review

Mini-charity review of Right Track Services Inc (RTS)

The previous review (in black) is used as a base, with comment only if the situation has changed or extra information would be helpful.

as an Associate member of Missions Link, ‘the Australian network for global mission’.

Both Members and Associates have to accept a set of standards, the introduction to which includes this statement:

Is it responsive to feedback?

  • [Last year] When sent a draft of this review, they responded the next day with the following general comment, plus comments within the review…
  • 2018 review: There was no response to the draft review.

Is RTS registered?

  • As a charity, yes.
  • Other registrations:
    • As a Victorian incorporated association (VIC A0049755G).
    • RTS operates, per the ACNC Register, interstate. However, it does not have the necessary ARBN registration to do this.
    • It has no fundraising licences.
      • 2018 review: As they do not solicit donations online, and said in their AIS 2017 that they did not intend to fundraise in 2018, these licences were not checked.

What do they do?

  • See here.
    • 2018 review: The website is no longer. This is what they said in their AIS 2017:
      • ‘It provided, developed and facilitated donor management software and user-specific customization primarily and principally to other not-for-profit religious entities.’
    • The ACNC Register says that they operate overseas in New Zealand and Singapore.

Do they share the Gospel?

  • No – services are provided to Christ-centred organisations.

What impact are they having?

  • Nothing found.

What do they spend outside the costs directly incurred in delivering the above impact, that is, on administration?

  • No information is available that allows this calculation.
    • 2018 review: The AIS 2017 reports that RTS had zero expenses in 2017.

Can you get a tax deduction?

  • No

Is their online giving secure?

  • NA – they do not solicit donations online.

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

  • NA

Is their reporting up-to-date?

  • Yes (lodged five months after their year-end).

Does their reporting comply with the regulator’s requirements?

  • AIS 2015: Almost – no outcomes are reported.
    • AIS 2017:
      • no outcomes are reported
      • they incorrectly say that they are a Basic Religious Charity
      • the reporting period is incorrect
      • Its statement that it operated in 2017 doesn’t fit with the absence of revenue, expenses, and staff, and
      • The incorrect period is shown for ‘reporting period’.
  • Financial Report 2015: NA – because of RTS’s size, one isn’t required.
    • However, their Associate membership of Missions Interlink requires them to “have available for [their] members and supporters a clear and appropriate financial statement which has been approved by its auditor.”
    • RTS lodged a Financial Report voluntarily last year, but not this year.
      • That Report consisted only of a Statement of Financial Performance.
    • 2018 review: No change

What financial situation was shown in that Report?

  • No Report (see above), but the ‘Financial Information’ section of the AIS 2015 shows:
    • They recorded a deficit, a deficit that was 19% of revenue.
    • There were no donations, just ‘fees’.
    • ‘Employee benefits’ for the one part-time employee (AIS 2015) were zero.
  • 2017 AIS: The section has all zeroes.

What did the auditor say about the last financial statements?

  • NA (see above).

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

  • Not quite – ‘Phone’ and ‘Website’ are blank.
    • 2018 review:
      • Neither a phone number nor a website address are compulsory.
      • RTS is not a Basic Religious Charity.

Who are the people controlling the organisation?

  • Not shown on the website, but from ‘Responsible Persons’ on the ACNC Register:
    • 2018 review: no website to check.
    • Stephen Andrews
    • Harley Beck
      • Is it this Harley Beck?
        • Ministry comment: ‘Yes’
    • Ronald Clough
      • Is it this Ronald Clough?
        • Ministry comment: ‘Possibly, if this one is/has been involved with Australian missions.’
      • 2018 review: no longer on the board.
    • Nigel Leed
    • Andrew Smith
      • There are 34 directorships recorded for this name.  The ACNC Register has only charities, so if, after eliminating the entries in the Register that don’t belong to RTS’s Andrew Smith, you are left with his total being more than a handful, it would be legitimate for you to question whether his ability to discharge his fiduciary responsibilities is threatened.
        • Ministry comment: ‘Andrew is a New Zealander and is therefore probably not any of the above mentioned directors.  (But I can ask him if it is important.)’
      • 2018 review: Since the revamp of the ACNC website, it is no longer possible to search the register of responsible persons.
    • James Stanhope

To whom is RTS accountable?

  • To Missions Interlink[1] via their Associate membership.
  • And, as an Australian registered charity, to the ACNC.
  • 2018 review: Also accountable to the Victorian regulator of incorporated associations.

 

 

  1. For one opinion on the strength of that accountability, see the section Activities in this review.

 

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