Updated June 18, 2018. Subscribe now to stay informed.
Right now in Australia it’s tough being a disability charity. The introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has meant huge disruptions to the way disability charities are funded and how they operate.* This article, however, isn’t an essay on the NDIS or it’s effect on disability support providers. Plenty has already been written on the topic, so if you’re interested, you can read more here.
This is a review that details which disability charities are worth supporting. Who demonstrates that they will use your donation to further improve the lives of those with disabilities, beyond what is provided by the government?
Who are the best?
There is one charity on our list, Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect), who stands out and achieves our ‘Donate with Confidence’ recommendation. Aspect does what we think all charities should do. They make it really easy for us to understand how they are run, and they provide strong evidence that proves their beneficiaries are truly benefiting from the service.
How do they do this?
They evaluate their programs and also undertake research to discover which kinds of service delivery models are best for their beneficiaries. They share the results of their program evaluations for others to learn from.
They present a comprehensive strategy with clear goals. They highlight how they monitor performance and present their results.
There is no ambiguity in the oversight or management of the organisation. They describe who is in charge and what their responsibilities are.
What about the others?
Cerebral Palsy Alliance and Endeavour Foundation achieve our ‘Donate’ recommendation, which means we think they are likely to be trustworthy and effective, but need to provide more information before we can recommend them with confidence.
Still not sure which charity is right for you? Contact us and we will help guide you in the right direction.
WANT TO KNOW MORE?
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.
*Under the NDIS, rather than the government paying the charity to provide disability services (as was traditionally the case), the government now directly pays the beneficiaries, who then engage with charity (or other disability support providers) themselves.