Which veteran charity should I give to?

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Every year, twice a year, on ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day, most of us take time to remember those who fell victim to war and pay respect to the hardship they suffered in order to secure our freedom. Today, there are still many living amongst us that have lived through the trauma of war, fighting to protect our way of life. Currently there are over 200,000 Australians that are veterans, war widows or orphans of military personnel.*

Their service should not go unrecognised. This leads us to the question, if you want to support Australian veterans and their families, who should you donate to?

Which veteran charity should you donate to?

The Good Cause Co. has evaluated two of Australia’s most well known veteran charities to help you understand who will make the most of your donation:

Which charities stand out?

Dishearteningly, we do not recommend that you donate to either RSL National or Legacy Australia. Why?

  • RSL National is currently under direction by the charity regulator, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). The ACNC has recently investigated RSL National and have found a number of serious governance failures (including the unjustified ‘gifting’ of a vehicle to an outgoing National President).

  • Legacy Australia do not meet the basic standards we believe are necessary to have confidence in a charity. They are not transparent about their finances and governance. They do not present a complete financial report, are not clear on how the leadership team are remunerated, and are also not clear about how funds are distributed across to members.

It is unfortunate that we are currently unable to recommend any charity in the veteran category. The Good Cause Co. would, however, like to be able to recommend high quality veteran charities for you to donate to in the future. Please contact us if you know of a charity that would be suitable for this category that you would like to be evaluated.

The Good Cause Co.’s “Should I Give To…” provides independent evaluations of Australia’s largest charities. We will be publishing over 50 critical reviews of charities that are seeking your donation. It’s time to find out which Australian charities are the star performers!


*Department of Veterans’ Affairs (2017) DVA Pensioner Summary. Australian Government. Available at https://www.dva.gov.au/sites/default/files/files/about%20dva/stat/PenSumm_Dec2017.pdf