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Who are Aussie Helpers?
Aussie Helpers work to help farmers suffering from loss and heartache. The organisation “stays in touch with 100’s [sic] of farming families to ensure their well being [sic] and survival through good and bad times.”
They are currently running the “Australia Buy a Cow” fundraising campaign.
They are a registered Australian charity. Their ABN is 29126111582.
Why do they exist?
Their long term objectives are to:
assist rural communities in Australia affected by natural disasters;
ensure aged pensioners in rural communities have sufficient access to living necessities;
reduce the number of suicides in rural communities; and
provide ongoing farm training to help fill the skill shortage on farming businesses.
WHAT DO THEY DO?
They provide support to farmers with other necessities like hay, farming supplies and other services.
HOW DO THEY EARN THEIR MONEY?
HOW DO THEY SPEND THEIR MONEY?
Should I Donate to Aussie Helpers?
Aussie Helpers do not demonstrate basic indicators of trustworthiness or effectiveness. We cannot verify that donations are used to deliver on their mission.
We cannot verify that Aussie Helpers is trustworthy. While they present an audited financial report, Aussie Helpers’ finances are not consistent with what’s reported to the ACNC. It also isn’t clear who is in charge of running the charity on a day-to-day basis. The powers of the board are described, but they do not indicate that they monitor the charity’s performance. Finally, Aussie Helpers do not demonstrate how they prevent the misuse of funds.
We cannot verify that Aussie Helpers is effective. There is insufficient information to know if they delivered on their mission in the last financial year. While we note that they present overarching goals broken into strategic themes, they do not highlight the activities delivered or results from the last financial year. Aussie Helpers also do not indicate that they evaluate the effectiveness of their work.
In order to improve our recommendation, we recommend they address the following:
explain the difference between expenses reported with the ACNC and what is presented in their financial report
indicate who is in charge of running the organisation on a day-to-day basis (i.e. the executive team)
describe how they monitor the performance of the organisation
disclose remuneration paid to the board and executive team
present policies used to manage conflicts of interest
report the activities delivered in the last financial year
report the results from activities delivered in the last financial year
undertake evaluations of the effectiveness of the activities delivered at achieving their overall goal.
WANT TO KNOW MORE?
We have looked into the finances, operations and results of Aussie Helpers and present our evaluation in a report that you can download now. This evaluation shows you how your donation is spent, who is running the organisation and if there are any potential conflicts of interest. It also looks into whether the charity can demonstrate they are delivering meaningful results. Finally, it contains our recommendation on if you should donate to them and why.
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Find out whether Aussie Helpers is the charity for you. In this evaluation we describe what this charity does and why, what you should know about them, how your money is spent, who is running the organisation and whether they deliver results. Last of all, we recommend whether you should donate to them based on our evaluation.