Who are Friends of the Earth (Australia)?
Friends Of The Earth (Australia) are an environmental grassroots network comprised of member groups that “are working towards an environmentally sustainable and socially equitable future.” 
They currently have local groups in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Far North Queensland, South West WA, Perth and Adelaide as well as 13 affiliate group members based around the country. Friends Of The Earth (Australia) are a member of Friends Of The Earth International, which consists of 77 national member groups.
They are a registered Australian charity. Their ABN is 18110769501.
Note that this is an assessment of Friends of the Earth (Australia) only. If you would like to see an assessment of any of Friends of the Earth (Australia) member groups, please contact us.
Why do they exist?
Friends Of The Earth (Australia)’s vision is “of a world where everyone’s needs are met in a way which safeguards the future of the environment.”
What do they do?
They work through local, national and international networks to raise awareness, put forward alternatives, and take action for a fair and ecologically sustainable future. Friends Of The Earth (Australia)’s campaigns are grouped into the following themes:
Climate & Energy Justice - working with frontline communities around the country to resist the spread of the nuclear, coal and gas industry, and to protect forests from further devastation. We are also supporting communities on positive solutions such as rolling out renewable energy.
Land & Water - working with Traditional Owners and communities to resist the expansion of the nuclear industry in Australia
Food & Technology - public scrutiny of the environmental and social impacts of new technologies
Economics for Earth - stopping corporate crime, demanding rights for people and binding rules for business
Indigenous Land & Rights - developing alliances with indigenous people to advance their priorities as well as securing good environmental outcomes.
HOW DO THEY EARN THEIR MONEY?
HOW DO THEY SPEND THEIR MONEY?
Should I donate to Friends of the Earth (Australia)?
We believe that it is likely that your donation to Friends of the Earth (Australia) will be used as stated, that is, to work towards an environmentally sustainable and socially equitable future.
We believe that Friends of the Earth (Australia) is likely to be trustworthy. It is clear how donations are used and who the charity is run by. Friends of the Earth (Australia) gives a comprehensive overview of their financial position. It’s clear who is accountable for Friends of the Earth (Australia). They clearly describe their unique management structure. They also have policies that prevent the misuse of funds.
Friends of the Earth (Australia) demonstrate basic signs of effectiveness. They describe their campaigns and results of these campaigns in the last financial year.
However, in order for us to have complete confidence they are using money for its intended purpose, we recommend they present the following:
a description of how the board monitored performance in the last financial year
an updated organisational strategy
a description of how they evaluate the effectiveness of their campaigns.
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We have looked into the finances, operations and results of Friends of the Earth (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 Friends of the Earth (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 the findings of our analysis.