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WHO ARE Samaritan's Purse Australia?
Samaritan's Purse Australia are a “Christian organisation providing emergency relief and development assistance to suffering people around the world.” Aid and assistance are given without regard to the race, creed, gender, religion, or ethnicity of the beneficiaries.
Note: Samaritan’s Purse Australia are the sole member of Samaritan’s Purse Australasia – Operation Christmas Child Ltd, an independently registered charity.
WHY DO THEY EXIST?
They have “the aim of demonstrating God’s love and sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ.”
WHAT DO THEY DO?
They deliver the following programs:
International disaster relief
National disaster relief
Operation Christmas Child (partnering with local churches in developing nations to reach out to children by providing gift-filled shoeboxes and “bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ.”)*
The Greatest Journey (a 12-lesson discipleship program that teaches kids about God, faith and being a follower of Jesus Christ in their own language.)*
Water, sanitation and hygiene
Animals, agriculture and livelihoods
Health and nutrition
Education and vocational training
People at risk
*These programs are delivered by Samaritan’s Purse Australasia – Operation Christmas Child Ltd.
HOW DO THEY EARN THEIR MONEY?
HOW DO THEY SPEND THEIR MONEY?
SHOULD I DONATE TO Samaritan's Purse Australia?
Samaritan's Purse Australia are a legally registered charity with deductible gift recipient status. They describe their board and how they are governed. They give a clear overview of their finances and how they manage conflicts of interest.
However, there are gaps in Samaritan's Purse Australia’s reporting that make it difficult to verify that they do what they say they do. Their published financial report is basic – it does not disclose the programs they are funding or any achievements of the foundation. In addition, Samaritan's Purse Australia do not disclose the governance arrangements between them and Samaritan’s Purse Australasia – Operation Christmas Child Ltd, nor them and their international headquarters, Samaritan’s Purse International.
In addition, Samaritan's Purse Australia do not provide any information to demonstrate they are effective. While they list the different programs that they might fund, it is unclear what they actually fund, what their strategy for funding is, what their results are, and how (or if) they evaluate their performance.
After considering Samaritan's Purse Australia’s published information, we are unable to recommend donating to them. They do not present basic information that demonstrates that they are trustworthy or effective. In order to improve my confidence with Samaritan's Purse Australia, we would like to see:
a strategy that shows what the organisation aims to achieve and how they plan to achieve it;
a list of programs that are funded each year, the location of these programs and their results; and
more detail on the governance arrangements between Samaritan's Purse Australia, Samaritan’s Purse Australasia – Operation Christmas Child Ltd. and Samaritan’s Purse International.
WANT TO KNOW MORE?
We have looked into the finances, operations and results of Samaritan's Purse 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 Samaritan's Purse Australia below to find out if they're the charity for you.
Find out whether Samaritan's Purse 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.