This evaluation was conducted in 2018. The Good Cause Co. discontinued evaluations of CEFA in 2019.
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?
HOW DO THEY SPEND THEIR MONEY?
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.
WANT TO KNOW MORE?
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.