Which charity is the best at helping rural communities?

Updated June 11, 2019. Subscribe now to stay informed.


Hailed as “the worst drought in our lifetime”, farmers across the country have been battling to keep livestock and crops alive. The country is eager to help.

But how?

The easiest way is to help is to give money to a rural charity. However, choosing one to give to is harder than it sounds. Rural charities vary significantly in quality. Some are clearly demonstrate they are using donations effectively to improve the lives of rural communities. Others have a lot to be desired. In fact, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission is currently “working” with several rural aid charities following concerns about these charities raised by the public.

Who should you give to?

To help you make a decision about which rural charity to give to, we have evaluated the following large rural charities: Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) and Aussie Helpers.

Who is the best?

We recommend that you donate with confidence to Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal. This charity demonstrates they are a high performing and effective organisation. They describe their strategic objectives, highlight the problems they are tackling, summarise how they intervene, share their results, and present evaluations of their programs. They also show they are trustworthy; they are transparent with their finances and describe their board and executive team in detail.

Who should you avoid?

We recommend you do not donate to Aussie Helpers. The main reason for this is that they have not been able to demonstrate that they effectively use donations for the cause. They do not present a clear strategy for how funds will be used, and do not report clearly on what activities have been delivered in the past.


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The Good Cause Co.’s “Should I Give To…” provides independent evaluations of Australia’s largest charities. Our reviews are comprehensive and consider both the trustworthiness and effectiveness of each charity. We update our recommendations annually to ensure we provide relevant advice. We do this to help you feel confident about giving.