CBM Australia


WHO ARE CBM Australia?

CBM are “an international Christian development organisation devoted to improving the lives of people with disabilities in the poorest places on earth.”


They have a vision of “an inclusive world in which all people with disability enjoy their human rights and achieve their full potential.”

CBM follow “Jesus’ example of inclusion, hope and justice.” 


CBM partner with local community organisations, NGOs, and governments to undertake the following activities:

  • Health, medical care and rehabilitation – working with local partners to prevent and to treat avoidable causes of blindness such as cataract, river blindness and trachoma, and to treat conditions like club foot to avoid permanent impairment.

  • Equality and opportunity – helping people with disability to gain an education, open a business, earn a living, make friends and be part of their community, often for the first time in their lives.

  • Influencing and advocacy - changing attitudes, beliefs, as well as physical environments, systems and policies.


Source: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission

Source: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission



Source: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission

Source: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission



CBM Australia are a legally registered charity with deductible gift recipient status. They describe their strategy and the activities they are undertaking, and they provide an overview of the results of their work. They also clearly describe their executive team and their board, and they present an overview of their financial position. Notably, they are transparent about “related party transactions” between CBM Australia and organisations in which board members have a vested interest.

However, we need to see more on their programs before being confident CBM Australia is an effective charity. While they present an overview of their work, they don’t clearly outline the countries they work in, the programs that they deliver in each country, or the partners they work with in each country. Additionally, CBM Australia mention that they have monitoring and evaluation systems in place. However, we were unable to find any published information that verifies these claims; it is also unclear how they monitor the charity’s overall performance. Finally, CBM Australia do not outline financial/governance arrangements between them and their governing organisation, CBM International.  

After considering both the strengths and weaknesses of CBM Australia, our recommendation is neutral. They demonstrate they are generally trustworthy and effective, but we need further assurances before being able to recommend them with confidence. In order to improve our confidence with CBM Australia, we would like to see:

  • more detail on the programs that are delivered, the countries with which CBM is working, and their partners in each country;

  • evidence of the program evaluations that they have undertaken;

  • more on how they monitor their own organisational performance; and

  • a description of the financial/governance arrangement between CBM Australia and CBM international.


We have looked into the finances, operations and results of CBM 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.

Download our complete evaluation of CBM Australia below to find out if they're the charity for you.

Review of CBM Australia (2018)

Find out whether CBM 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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