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.”
CBM Australia are a registered Australian charity. Their ABN is 23005326849.
CBM Australia is a Member Association of CBM International, based in Germany. 
Why do they exist?
CBM Australia highlight that 80% of people living with disability live in poverty. 
They have a vision of “an inclusive world in which all people with disability enjoy their human rights and achieve their full potential.” As a Christian organisation they follow “Jesus’ example of inclusion, hope and justice.” 
What do they do?
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.
How do they earn their money?
How do they spend their money?
Should I donate to CBM Australia?
We believe that it is likely that your donation to CBM Australia will be used as described, that is, to improve the lives of people with disabilities in the poorest places on earth.
We believe that CBM Australia is likely to be trustworthy. It is clear who the charity is run by and how donations are used. They present an audited financial report. They show how donations are used and which countries they are working in. It is clear who is in charge. They have policies in place to prevent the misuse of funds.
CBM Australia also demonstrate that they are likely to be effective. It is clear what they do and the benefit they deliver. They highlight their strategic focus’. They describe some of the activities and results that they have delivered in the last financial year. Finally, they highlight the results of various program evaluations.
However, in order for us to have complete confidence they are using money for its intended purpose, we recommend CBM Australia:
highlight how the board monitors the strategic performance of the charity
report activities and results in the context of their strategy
describe how they evaluate their overall effectiveness.
Want to know more?
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.
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 the findings of our analysis.
 CBM Australia Annual Report 2018