Country Education Foundation of Australia


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WHO ARE Country Education Foundation of Australia?

Country Education Foundation Of Australia help regional and remote young Australians overcome some of the financial, cultural and social obstacles of relocating for further study or work.

WHY DO THEY EXIST?

They have found that “cost is a major inhibitor for people from rural areas seeking to obtain further education, especially for those in lower socioeconomic groups.”

WHAT DO THEY DO?

They award small financial grants and community support to regional and remote students to help them transition from high school into higher education, training or employment.

Grants and support are awarded through a network of over 40 local Country Education Foundations across Australia. Country Education Foundation Of Australia’s central office provides structure, framework, resources and ongoing financial and other assistance. This supports community efforts to raise funds for grants awarded to school leavers and job seekers in their local communities.

The local foundations that make up Country Education Foundation Of Australia are:

  • Balranald Country Education Fund

  • Birdwood/Torrens Valley Country Education Fund

  • Blackall-Tambo Education Group

  • BMO Youth Partners

  • Boorowa Education Foundation

  • Braidwood & District Education Foundation

  • Broken Hill Country Education Fund

  • Central Australian Country Education Foundation

  • Clermont & District Education Group

  • Coleambally/Darlington Point Country Education Fund

  • Coonamble & District Education Foundation

  • Cootamundra & District Country Education Fund

  • Country Education Foundation of Nyngan

  • Cowra Education Foundation

  • Dubbo Education Fund

  • Edward River Country Education Fund

  • Eudunda District Country Education Foundation

  • Gilgandra District Education Foundation

  • Goulburn & District Education Foundation

  • Great Lakes Education Fund

  • Griffith Country Education Fund

  • Gulargambone District Education Foundation

  • Gunnedah & District Education Fund

  • Gwydir Learning Region Country Education Fund

  • Harden District Education Foundation

  • Hastings Education Fund

  • Kangaroo Island Country Education Fund

  • Kapunda High School Centenary Foundation

  • Kimba Country Education Foundation

  • Lameroo Apex Country Education Foundation

  • Lockhart & District Education Fund

  • Macleay Valley Education Fund

  • Maranoa Regional Education Group

  • Merriwa District Education Foundation

  • Monaro Education Foundation

  • Moree Country Education Fund

  • Mudgee Country Education Fund

  • Mullaley Country Education Fund

  • Narrabri Education Foundation

  • Orange & District Education Fund

  • Paroo Education Group

  • Shoalhaven Education Fund

  • Temora & District Education Fund

  • Upper Hunter Education Foundation

  • West Wyalong & Districts Country Education Fund

  • Wool, Wine & Wheat Country Education Fund

  • Yass District Education Foundation

  • Young Education Fund

HOW DO THEY EARN THEIR MONEY?

 Source: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission

Source: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission

 

HOW DO THEY SPEND THEIR MONEY?

 Source: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission

Source: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission

 

SHOULD I DONATE TO Country Education Foundation of Australia?

Country Education Foundation Of Australia are a legally registered charity with deductible gift recipient status. They show basic indicators of trustworthiness and effectiveness. They present their strategy, show how their community partner model serves their beneficiaries, and highlight some results of their grants program. Finally, they describe their board and their finances.

However, we would need to see more before being confident in Country Education Foundation Of Australia. Importantly, it’s unclear what the financial arrangement is between them and their community organisations. This means it’s hard to know whether a donation to Country Education Foundation Of Australia is held centrally or if it is distributed across their member organisations. If it is distributed, to which organisations is the money going? Additionally, we were unable to identify any measures that ensure appropriate management of conflicts of interest. Finally, we were unable to find a description of how they monitor their own performance, and unable to source any evaluations of their grants and/or programs that verify their reported results.

After considering both the strengths and weaknesses of Country Education Foundation Of Australia, our recommendation is neutral. They demonstrate that they are probably trustworthy and effective, but we need further assurances before being able to recommend them with confidence.

In order to improve our confidence with Country Education Foundation Of Australia, we would like to see:

  • what the financial arrangement is between them and their community organisations

  • more information on how they manage conflicts of interest;

  • clarity in how they monitor their own performance; and

  • evaluations of their grants and/or programs.

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We have looked into the finances, operations and results of Country Education Foundation of Australia 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 Country Education Foundation Of Australia 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. 

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